About our club

We are an affiliated branch of the Fly Dressers guild, located in the Cheshire town of Congleton, in the North West of England. The goal of our club is to promote fly tying and fly fishing on rivers, lakes and salt water.

We run fly tying evenings through September until April and then take some time off to fish in the spring and summer months. We have popular speaker evenings where a prominent fly tying personality, expert or celebrity will give a talk or demonstration of some aspect of fishing, fly tying or tackle. We also hold workshops and fly tying evenings where we recreate the new and wonderful fly patterns demonstrated to us.

We have a variety of experts on hand who have extensive experience of fly tying (AAPGAI instructor) as well as fly fishing for salmon, sea trout and trout. Our location is near to local still waters and rivers (the River Dane runs through Congleton) but our members have extensive experience river fishing for salmon and grayling on the Welsh Dee, major midlands trout still waters as well as local small waters.

Fly fishing and tying are becoming more and more diverse with most species able to be caught with fly rod and line. There’s been a big surge in pike and saltwater fly fishing and we continue to develop our skills with talks and demonstrations on these developments in fly tying and fly fishing.

We hold a few fishing outings on local still waters and one major reservoir during April to September and compete in the John Watt competition, the main Fly dressers guild boat competition, held at Grafham water at the end of August.

Our new venue is the Cygnet club located at 12, Swan Bank next door to the Counting house (Wetherspoons) in Congleton where we hold meetings twice a month in September through to April on Thursday evenings. There is a car park at the back of the building which is accessed from Antrobus Street. Park there and walk through the alleyway to Swan Bank.

Our Latest News

Workshop Patterns – 31st October 2019

This week we’ll be tying a few predator flies, ideal for Pike but equally with the baitfish tied on a on a smaller hook being perfect for perch on the canals. THE WHISTLER Hook: Partridge CS86 universal predator (or similar) size 1/0Thread:   BlackEyes: Dumbell  or Bead chain Tail: White Bucktail, Holographic tinsel  and a natural grizzle hackle each sideBody: Red

Workshop Patterns – 17th October 2019

This workshop will focus on woven nymphs and a couple of methods used to tie them. These flies work well for Grayling and Trout. DUB GRUB Hook: Curved #8Thread : YellowUnderbody: Lead wire, covered by fluorescent yellow floss  Shellback: Clear polythene sheetOver-rib:  4lb monoThorax: Olive hare dubbing or similar Abdomen: Natural hare / RabbitAlso required: Black magic

Guest Speaker: Karl Humphries 3rd October 2019

Karl has become a regular guest presenter / fly tying demonstrator at our club. Before this demonstration he gave his take on the state of fly fishing on the welsh rivers. The National Resources Wales (NRW) new regulations are already in operation on the River Severn (by emergency bylaw) and will be legally enforced on

Workshop Patterns – 5th September 2019

The focus for this workshop will be Stillwater patterns and in particular, three lures. THUNDER CREEK LURE Hook:  Size 8, Long shank Thread:   Red  Body:   Flat Silver TinselRib:  Oval Silver Tinsel  Wing:  Natural BucktailEyes:  Epoxy Stick-on (Optional) JACK FROSTAn attractor, streamer style patternHook: Size 8, Long shank   Thread: Black or WhiteBody:  White wool wound over a polythene sheetTail: Red woolWings: White

Workshop Patterns – 22nd August 2019

We’ll be tying three patterns in our workshop on 22nd August 2019. These are as follows: FALSE HARES EAR SPIDERA variation of the hares lug and plover Hook:  Size 12  Thread:   Brown  Body:   Fox Squirrel body fur Rib:  Fine gold wire or waxed  yellow thread  Hackle:  Golden Pheasant wing covert (you can use a

Fly Tying Workshop – 8th August 2019

This was our first workshop of the season specifically designed for new members to come along to the club and enjoy a demonstration from Frank Moors of 4-simple fly patterns.  These comprised of; Buzzer, Partridge and Orange, Klinkhammer and a Predator fly. Partridge & Orange Spider Hook: Size 12 short shank, medium wire hookThread: Waxed

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