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 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...

July 25, 2020

Another in the series of quick & effective flies.

There are a myriad variations of the shuttlecock emerger with body materials of dubbing, stripped quill, moose mane or in this case turkey biot. You can also use a variety of hook patterns, below is a simple version that...

July 24, 2020

A new series of very effective flies that are simple to tie, flies you can quickly fill up a box with. I like the term used by Bob Wyatt of ‘trout ammo’, when casting under a tree, I don’t worry about losing my fly if I have plenty in my box.

Pearly Butt F Fly

A Paul Pro...

July 20, 2020

On Thursday 24th June’20 I had the opportunity to fish at the Barton Court Estate.

I had anticipated fishing a stretch of the River Kennet, what I found was a much more interesting mosaic of Kennet carriers. Although not the same venue, it did immediately put me in...

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