September 4, 2020

We as fly anglers need to have a fairly broad set of standards with regards to what constitutes fly fishing and what does not. This leaves some in our midst with a feeling of angst or guilt in having to choose what lengths we are prepared to go to to catch fish, when t...

September 4, 2020

Innovative design for a fly box from Hacklemoor.

Designed and produced in the U.K. which probably explains it's price tag of £85,

August 30, 2020

In 1981 Ian Ruff (our esteemed president), designed a fly which he named the Raider. With numerous versions he trialled the fly extensively on the reservoirs of the Midlands and Wales, along with a number of smaller waters. Employing different colour variations accordi...

August 18, 2020

Vicuna dubbing is very kindly offering a 10% discount to our members. Just quote GUILD10 on your orders.

If you wish to contact them direct their e-mail is or through their website;

 Our Secretary Phil tying on the Vicuna...

August 8, 2020

Another cracking Bob Wyatt pattern and dead simple to tie. If you haven’t read either of his books I thoroughly recommend them;

Trout Hunting: The Pursuit of Happiness (great title).

What Trout Want.

I am a big fan of the Grey Duster (who isn’t!), both traditional and par...

August 8, 2020

The quintessential ‘trout ammo’, a term coined by Bob Wyatt for his selection of flies which features on the DVD ‘Flies That Catch Fish’.

Not only quick to tie, but a cracking catcher of fish and a mainstay of many fly boxes. This is my version tied on a size 14.

Hook –...

August 5, 2020

I like 'system flies', where the design stays the same but materials are interchangeable according to the conditions, or your mood! This fly is a perfect example of that. 

A variation of a pattern from a ‘Fly Tying Academy’ DVD by ‘Fish On Productions’.

As it is tie...

August 4, 2020

As a guide to fishing a completely new water, I would always consult the wardens or bailiffs as to what the fish have been feeding on recently and productive areas. Hiring a boat is probably a good idea to start to learn a new water, all fishable areas are easily acces...

August 3, 2020

Another fly that is very effective and simple to tie, especially appropriate if you have read Ian's moving tribute to Bob who recently passed away.

Original Recipe

Hook – Kamasan B400 sizes 10, 12 or 14

Thread – Black

Body – Green wool (originally from the jumper he was we...

August 3, 2020

Back in the early 80’s at Grafham their were a group of good mates who fished regularly and shared time in the Wheatsheaf , West Perry, discussing the great sport we were all enjoying. Little did we realise it at the time but there was indeed something special going on...

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