Fly Tying Sessions Report
Our first fly-tying morning at Grafham on the 19th November proved to be a popular venture (See details below). Attendees ranged from those who wanted a few tips on improving their tying, to complete beginners. On hand to pass on their skills were Peter Hartley, Jeff Hickson Mark Searle, Gary How and Paul Heavens. Nymphs, dry flies, buzzers and blobs were demonstrated and even first timers managed to produce something to take home capable of catching fish.
Session two on the 10th December proved to be just as popular with the demonstrators concentrating on flies that catch at Grafham – Boobies, Diawl bachs, shrimps, dries and in the dying moments of the session even a Rutland Rat appeared! In addition to the first session demonstrators, this time we also had the benefit of having Peter Waterhouse on hand to demonstrate techniques and he also had some of his fly tying accessories available for sale.
It was not just about beginners though; the experience lads were soon picking up tips from each other so everyone was a winner.
Thanks go to Paul Stevens for arranging the days, Angela Tarry of Anglian Water for allowing us to use their facilities and Alan Prevost for recording the days on camera.
These sessions have been a popular venture for Invicta and will hopefully be repeated in future seasons.
Paul Stevens email: email@example.com or 01480 403529
Fly Tying Sessions 2016
To be held at Grafham Water Fishing Lodge.
Saturday 19th November and Saturday 10th December 09.30 to 12.00 hrs.
Invicta Fly Fishing Club has arranged two ‘Fly Tying Workshops’ at Grafham Lodge. These workshops have been arranged with beginners to fly tying in mind and those who just enjoy talking fly tying.
Game Angling Instructors Association coach Peter Hartley has kindly agreed to attend both sessions and Peter Waterhouse (PWW Designs) will be there on 10th December to tie flies and show his Scottie range of fly tying vices and accessories. Other members of Invicta FFC will also be available and you can get some hands-on experience at the vice.
Are you a beginner, or have you any particular technique or fly pattern you would like to learn how to tie? We will pass on your requests to those demonstrating. Hopefully we can arrange things so that everyone attending gets the most out of the sessions. Would those interested please give me a call or email and let me know which day(s) you would be attending.
Phone 01480 403529
Mobile 07831 235069
Fly Tying is a fascinating extension to the sport of fly fishing and a certain satisfaction is gained from hooking a fish on a fly or lure that you have tied yourself. For those wishing to start from basics, a very good and easy to follow guide is the ‘Fly Tying Bible‘ by Peter Gathercole. Each stage of tying is illustrated with clear photographs.
Flies and Fly Boxes
Members are invited to submit photographs of their fly boxes or individual flies that they have tied and had success with. When submitting individual flies and lures, please include list of tying materials.
Salmon Fly prepared from feathers many of which are very difficult to find. This example was shown to us by Steve Cooper of ‘Cookshill Fly Tying’. It is a thing of beauty, but too precious to ever see water let alone the inside of a salmon’s mouth!
Unless of course you are wealthy enough to fish with flies which cost over £50 each.
One of Kieran Bonas’s competition fly boxes.
Flies tied by Mick Huffer at an Invicta meeting.
Click to view Mick Huffer flies
Grayling nymphs by John Emerson at October 2014 Invicta meeting.
Sedge patterns tied by Chris Reeves at October 2014 Invicta meeting.
Note the florist’s flower wrapping membrane wing on second from left.
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