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.