New Members Open Evening – 30th August 2018

New Members Open Evening

Congleton Fly Tying Club will be holding an opening evening on the Thursday 30th August 2018 starting at 8pm at the Cygnet Club in Congleton.

Frank Moors will be demonstrating a few simple patterns on the night for those thinking of taking up this fabulous pastime or for those who would like to improve their skills.

Fly patterns for the evening will cover:

  1. Simple Thread Buzzer
  2. Pheasant Tail Spiders
  3. Pheasant Tail Dry Fly
  4. Black Marabou Lure Tadpole style and wing /hackle
  5. Predator Fly – TBC

Those new to tying are more than welcome to tie a pattern on the evening and for those who want to improve their skills, feel free to bring along your gear.

This is the first meeting in our annual calendar so come along and enjoy the evening with like-minded people.

Address:

Congleton Fly Tying Club
The Cygnet Club
12 Swan Bank,
Congleton
CW12 1AH

Club Competition Patterns: 5th April 2018

Please find below photos and pattern details of the competition patterns which Frank demonstrated last night. Good luck in the forthcoming club competition.

CDC Loop Winged Emerger

Hook: fine wire sedge/scud hook size 12.
Thread: black  8/0.
Shuck: one to three strands of pearl Krystal flash.
Rib: one strand pearl Krystal flash.
Abdomen: fine textured brown dubbing.
Thorax: dark brown haretron dubbing or similar.
Wing: two grey CDC feathers.

Bling Spider

Hook: wet fly size 12.
Tag: red copper wire.
Body: holographic silver tinsel.
Thorax: black UV ice dub.
Hackle: Woodcock /grouse.

American Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ear

Hook: wet fly size 10.
Tail: hare body guard hairs.
Abdomen: hare body fur.
Rib: gold wire.
Wingcase
: goose/turkey feather slip dyed black.
Thorax: hare body fur well picked out.

Guest Speaker: Roger Smith – October 2017

Roger is a secretary of the Grayling Society, a life member of Wild Trout Trust, an active member of the Worcester Branch of the Fly Dressers’ Guild and author of ‘Flyfishing the Welsh Borderlands’ (Coch-Y-Bonddu Books, 2011).

Roger gave a 40-minute presentation followed by a fly tying demonstration of five dry flies suitable
for Welsh Borderland rivers and their tributaries.

Trout and Grayling fishing on the Rivers and Streams of the Welsh Borderlands through the Seasons

Roger introduced the presentation by describing which rivers and streams he fished in the Welsh borderland. These comprised; the Dee, Severn, Wye and Usk, and he made specific reference to the
Lugg and Arrow tributaries of the Wye. He recommended the use of the environment agency flood information service to monitor the levels of these and other rivers to prepare for fishing expeditions
so that they could be timed to coincide with stable or falling river levels. Describing the entomology of the rivers, Roger initially discussed the use of marker insects to monitor river health – Caddis,
Gammarus shrimp, Stonefly nymphs, Mayfly nymphs (including Baetis and heptagenid), and then the seasonal variability of these and other insects.
Then Roger turned to a discussion of fishing tactics including use of; upstream nymphing, Czech nymphing, dry fly and trotting. He described the use of a team of flies (up to 4) and ‘duo’ teams – dry
fly dropper with a weighted nymph or vice-versa (washing-line presentation), and stressed the importance of the ‘induced take’ to capitalise on the, sometimes, impetuous feeding habit of game
fish in fast flowing water. To help identify takes he advocated the use of indicators and specifically recommended the use of a sliding ‘sight’ made from coloured strands of Aero Dry Wing tied to the line
with a short length of fluorocarbon using a half blood-knot tied back on itself.

The final section of the presentation brought together the tactics and fly selection approaches that Roger had found most successful in the different seasons on these waters. Of particular note, he described the use of March brown, Gold Ribbed Hares Ear, Dark Olive nymph and Orange Tagged Hares Ear for early season nymphing and Hawthorne and Grannom as early season dries. The recommended summer patterns were the Black Gnat and May Fly. Autumn patterns comprised; Crane fly, Red Tag, Treacle Parkin and Coch-Y-Bonddu and in winter he advocated Czech nymphing with Pink Shrimp and Cased Caddis patterns. Roger found by experience that reverse hackled flies (See reverse hackled Barrett’s Bain fly below) improved the presentation when fishing a downriver wind. Finally, Roger referred to use of Trotting and Tankara as additional approaches that he had found to be successful in Welsh Borderland rivers and streams.

The DogsBody

Hook: size 12 medium wire
Thread: Dark brown
Tail: 10 -12 natural pheasant tail fibres
Body: yellow Labrador fur
Rib: fine gold wire
Hackles: grizzle and red game cock feathers (5 – 6 turns each)

Orange Otter

Hook: size 14 Fulling Mill all-purpose light wire
Thread: Dark brown
Tail: bunch red game feather fibres
Body and thorax/head: Orange baby seals fur dubbing
Central hackle: Red game (approx. 10 turns)

Baby Sun Fly

Hook: size 14 Fulling Mill all-purpose light wire
Thread: Dark brown
Tail: Black cock hackle fibres
Body: grey rabbit underfur dubbing
Hackle: Coch-Y-Bonddu feather (3-4 turns)

Barrett’s Bain (Reverse Hackle)

Hook: size 14 up-eye dry fly
Thread: Dark brown
Body: 4-5 natural pheasant tail fibres
Hackle: Blue dun cock feather (5 – 6 turns)

Baby Sun Fly (Jig Hook Variant)

Hook: size 16 Jig-eye
Thread: Dark brown
Wing: Aero Dry wing (Pink or suitable colour for visibility)
Body: grey rabbit underfur dubbing
Hackle: Coch-Y-Bonddu feather (4 -5 turns)

Illtyd Griffiths – August 2014

A selection of flies tied by Illtyd Griffiths when he visited the Congleton Fly Tying Club last season

The first three flies were the patterns Illtyd uses on the river Dovey for sea trout during the day. Fished as a team of three . Hook size 10 or 12 in each case.

Top Dropper

  • Butt   Fluo red floss
  • Tail     Golden Pheasant topping crest feather  (G P Topping)
  • Body   Holographic silver tinsel
  • Rib     Silver wire
  • Body hackle    Silver Badger Cock
  • Throat hackle   Blue Gallena
  • Wing     A folded slip of Teal
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Middle dropper

  • Tail     G P topping dyed red
  • Body   Rear half – red Holographic tinsel, front half – black claret dubbing
  • Rib   Silver wire
  • Hackle    Black hen
  • Wing   A folded slip of bronze Mallard
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Point fly

Tied on a double hook

  • Body    Flat silver tinsel
  • Rib    Silver wire
  • Wing and Hackle    Dyed black squirrel tail tied in to lie evenly around the hook shank
  • Cheeks     Jungle cock
  • Head   Red thread
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Coloured Water fly

Fished on it’s own or replacing the point flie of the above team

  • Hook    Gold Salar double
  • Thread  Red
  • Butt    Fluo red Floss
  • Body   Pearl tinsel
  • Rib   Silver wire
  • Hackle   Sunburst yellow cock . Tie as a beard.
  • Wing   Arctic Fox Dyed Black
  • Cheeks   Jungle cock
  • Head    Red thread with a collar of pearl tinsel at the rear of the head
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Skating fly

  • Tail    Red Arctic fox clipped  short and square
  • Body    Deer Hair dyed black and clipped into an elongated oval
  • Body hackle    Black Cock
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Flood water fly

Fished on it’s own , on a strong leader, in high coloured water.

  • Thread    Fluo red
  • Hook    Size  8  Partridge down eye bronze double
  • Eyes / weight    Brass dumbell eyes
  • Anti-tangle loop    Stiff monofil line
  • Tail    Yellow bucktail
  • Body    Red ice dub
  • Wing   In two layers. Bottom layer, pearl flashabou/ crinkle flash to form approx one third of the wing.  Upper layer, gold crinkle flash or similar to form the final two thirds.
  • Head    Red thread.
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