Calendar of Events 2018/19

19th September 2018 Paul Little on Dyeing
17th October 2018 Quiz night and Hotpot – let Ken Harrison know if you are coming
21st November 2018 AGM/ Angling Law talk with Peter Bramwell
12th December 2018 Induction Night/ social Fly-tying
19th December 2018 social Fly-tying
9th January 2019 Tying Classes – One
16th January 2019 Guest Tyer – Phil Bailey
23rd January 2019 Tying Classes – Two
30th January 2019 Tying Classes – Three
6th February 2019 Tying Classes – Four
13th February 2019 Tying Classes – Five
20th February 2019 Guest Speaker TBC
27th February 2019 Tying Classes –Six
6th March 2019 Tying Classes – seven
13th March 2019 Tying Classes – Eight
20th March 2019 Guest Tyer –  Stuart Crofts
27th March 2019 Social Fly Tying
3rd April 2019 Prize giving and Buffet


Calendar of Events 2017/18


13-Dec  Materials Demonstrator – Dave Beddows  and Pat Stevens from Flytek – This event has unfortunately been postponed to a future date. We will replace this with social fly tying.

20-Dec  Paul little will demonstrate the tying of the Royal coachman – this years Dry Fly competition Pattern.


10-Jan   Class 1

17-Jan   Social Fly tying

24-Jan   Class2

31-Jan   Class 3

07-Feb  Class 4

14-Feb  No Event Valentine’s Day

21-Feb  Fly tying Demo – TBC                              Please bring a raffle prize

28-Feb  Class 5

07-Mar Class 6

14-Mar Class 7

21-Mar Fly Tying Demo – members choice        Please bring a raffle prize

28-Mar Class 8

04-Apr  Social Fly tying

11-Apr  Social Fly Tying

18-Apr  Presentation evening and buffet              Please bring a raffle prize


Guest Fly Tyers We have started to re-invite guest fly Tyers to the club. Matt Gillow has been very kind in arranging video to help us in this. But we need you to let us know who you would like to see. If you have any ideas please let a member of the committee know or email me. So far the response has been totally underwhelming, not one request. So to get things moving we have invited Philip Bailey , an excellent and innovative fly tyer from West Yorkshire. Originally of Australian extraction, he likes to tie thought provoking flies both in method and materials which we are all sure you will enjoy. Below are a few of his recent tyings. I trust we will have a decent turnout on the night.



Presentation Evening

A Great evening was had by all who attended.

Many thanks to Sue Harrison for the Quiz and the Club Inn for the great buffet. Congratulations to all the winners of the trophies below:

Bageant Lodge – Dry Fly – Won by Duncan Berry

Open Fly ( any Fly) – Terry Chippendale

Jean French Trophy – Casting and Fishing – Will Scott

Dry Fly Fishing – Duncan Berry

Cedric Moxon Trophy – beginners – Aimee Kitching

As the winner of the dry fly competition , Duncan Berry has chosen the pattern for the 2017 competition is a Deer hair daddy. It is an interesting fly demanding in its techniques. a Step by step instruction can be found here . This link will take you direct to the page.,/2013/10/25/deer-hair-daddy

Entries for this and the open competition to be in on by the night of the AGM in November (exact date still to be fixed)


Show Tying

In a bid to recruit more members next year will be tying at three shows this year. The shows were how we recruited the majority of our new beginners last year and as such , it is part of the future lifeblood of the club.

As a Club we will be demonstrating at Westmorland County Show by invite , but will have Stalls at both the Lowther show and the Lancashire Game show at Scorton. Both these stalls have been obtained free of charge.

We need volunteers to tie at both shows .

The beginner section have forwarded two volunteers so far, Pete, Ken and Frank have also volunteered, but we would like some of experienced members to dress at both shows.  If anyone would be interested in helping the club by tying at one of these shows, please let me know.


Dry Fly Competition 2016

Frank Bainbridge has chosen an Adams as the dry fly for the 2016 dry fly competition and the dressing is:

  • Hook: Down eye standard dry fly hook, size 14
  • Thread: Grey
  • Tail: Brown and grizzly hackle fibres
  • Body: Grey Muskrat
  • Wing: grizzly hackle tips
  • Hackle: brown and grizzly
  • Head: tying thread

The Open completion remains unchanged. Please note that the Competition will close on November 30th 2016 – the night of the AGM so please bring your entries then.

FeedBack We agreed as a club at last year’s AGM as moving towards a more tying centric club, and we have done this. However we need your feedback as to how you feel the year has gone and what we can do to improve further? To that end I have attached a feedback survey to this issue of Flylines and we would be grateful if you could complete and return this to me directly so we can report back to you at  the AGM.

The world of HE Woods The first Slideshow of the season was not very well represented with only 14 members there. The subject      “ The world of H E Woods” was excellent and thought provoking.  Paul Little brought a box of the low water salmon flies that he had tied and as usual were beyond excellent.

The 2016 Fly tying season is about to get under way on 6th January. A big thanks to all who came to the induction night. The classes start on the 6th January at The Club Inn starting at 7..30 pm We have 3 groups of Fly Tying Classes for 2016 which are presented by Ken Harrison giving tuition to beginners, Frank Bainbridge giving tuition on a selection of trout patterns and Peter Bramwell giving tuition on Salmon and Sea Trout patterns. These classes are extremely popular and well attended and very enjoyable so whether you are a beginner or an experienced fly tyer there is always something you will learn from these classes. There are 8 sessions in total which commence on 6th January. The course cost for 2016 for all 8 weekly sessions is just £25. For those that did’nt get to the induction night  we will have full course details available on the night The Flies for the various courses are:

beginners trout salmon
Week One Black Spider/ partridge and Yellow Hutch’s Pennel / Headleys half hog Welder Flies
Week Two Williams favourite/iron Blue Dun Claret Bumble Haslem/ silver stoat
Week Three Blood worm/ shuttlecock buzzer Golden olive Bumble Kitchen sink / willie Gunn temple Dog
Week Four Hares Ear / Pheasant tail Nymphs Red Rib Mayfly Pen y Bont / twrci Coch
Week Five Blue Zulu /Bibio French partridge mayfly variant General practitioner/Cascade
Week Six Dawsons olive/Cats whisker Claret Dabbler Irish Shrimp
Week Seven Mallard and Claret / Peter Ross Roll Over Dry Mayfly – Patsy Deery Editor / Sub Editor
Week Eight Blae and Black / Greenwells Glory Dennis Moss mayfly Delphi Silver / Lady Caroline

The Fly Fest 2015 at Rheged Centre, Penrith – October 3rd and 4th. The Lake Districts only Fly fair is coming this weekend to Penrith. Located at the Rheged Centre, just 2 minutes from junction 40 of the M6, on the A66 westbound from Penrith.  There will be 600 free car parking spaces and a £5 entry fee. In this outstanding Lake District venue, they are promoting  the very best in Fly Fishing, Fly Tying, Fly Casting and Fly Film. Watch some great Fly fishing films – This year’s films are:

    • We are Salmon Junkies51:21 minutes
    • Fishing The Lough Mask 7:01 minutes
    • Two Days by the River10:00 minutes
    • Welcome to Kamchatka9:07 minutes
    • Praise of Slowness2:57 minutes
    • Salmon Fishing Lærdal11:52 minutes
    • Mediterranean9:05 minutes
    • Once in Your Lifetime59:56 minutes
  • There will be a whole host of the best Domestic & International Fly Dressers practising the art of  Trout FlyGrayling FlySea Trout FlySalmon Fly,   Pike FlySalt Water Fly and just about every fly tying technique under the sun, including our own Paul Little.
  • Champion Fly Casters will be available to demonstrate and advise on casting techniques and fly-fishing tactics, including our LFD’s own Bob and Vera Carlson
  • A large number of retail stands including Cookshill, Chevron, Lakeland Fly tying and many, many others
  • There will be cafes to enjoy Cumberland Sausage Rolls with a Mug of tea or Coffee.

For more information visit   Paul Proctor The first event of the autumn will take place at the Club Inn, Endmoor on September 16th. Paul Proctor will be giving a talk on fly fishing in the Pyrenees. As usual I am sure it will interesting and informative.   DRY FLY COMPETITION

  • Dry Fly Competition – This will is this coming Wednesday June  24th to be held at Lupton 6.00pm – 9.00pm

 PLEASE NOTE -NEW DATE FOR JEAN FRENCH COMPETITION The Fishing competitions These are always popular and so far have been scheduled as

    • Jean French Competition- Due to a clash with the Bank holiday – we have moved the Jean French competition to Wednesday 3rd June to be held at Lupton 6.00pm – 9.00pm
    • Dry Fly Competition – This will remain as Wednesday June  24th to be held at Lupton 6.00pm – 9.00pm

We are looking to resurrect the Chairman’s Trophy and are hoping to hold this at Barnsfold although a date has yet to be arranged.   Prize Giving and Buffet The Annual Prize Giving evening and Buffet will this coming Wednesday , the 20th May at the Club Inn at 7.30pm. A Buffet will be provided and the cost for the evening will be £7. Hope to see you all there.   More dates for your diaries The Agenda for the Guild evenings as confirmed so far is

    • Sept 17th – Paul Procter Fly Tying Demo
    • October  21st – hot pot and quiz
    • November 18th –  AGM and Steve Cooper from Cookshill talk
    • December 9th – Induction night and Fly Quiz
    • Apr 20th 2016 – Prize Giving and Buffet

Just in we have booked Matt Eastham for January 20th 2016 . More details to follow. Paul Procter – Fishing in New Zealand 18 March – Lakeland Fly Dressers monthly meeting. We were delighted to welcome back Paul Procter to the Club I. Paul made us all green with envy as he talked about his exploits fishing in New Zealand. Paul as always was  entertaining and informative. I will never look at spiders in the same way!!

Fly Tying Classes 2015

We have 3 groups of Fly Tying Classes for 2015 which are presented by Frank Bainbridge giving tuition to beginners, Dan Atkinson giving tuition on a selection of river patterns and Paul Little giving tuition on Salmon and SeaTrout patterns. These classes are extremely popular and well attended and very enjoyable so whether you are a beginner or an experienced fly tyer there is always something you will learn from these classes. There are 8 sessions in total which commence on 7 January. The cost for 2015 to partake in a total of 8 weekly sessions is just £15.