Welcome to the home of
the Fly Dressers’ Guild
– Wessex Branch

About Us

Enjoy serious fly tying with regular folk

The Fly Dressers’ Guild – Wessex welcomes everyone interested in learning or improving their skills in the craft of fly tying.

We hold regular meetings every Tuesday, 19:00 for a 19:30 start, at the Atherley Bowling Club in Southampton. We tie two or three fly patterns and specific patterns can also be requested in advance.

At least once a month, we also hold days out at local trout fisheries, where we put the flies we’ve tied to the test. Find out more about our activities here.






Days off

We do more than tie flies

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Testing the flies we tie

This year’s Sunday fishing days

Once a month we meet at a local fishery to wet a line and test the flies that we’ve tied against the trout. During the day we have a very light-hearted competition for the biggest fish and the heaviest brace. Each month, a trophy is awarded for that month’s competition. We generally meet to start fishing at 09:00, with lunch at about 12:30. People usually fish until they have bagged out. Tea and coffee are sometimes available at the fishery. Our members will gladly share patterns that they’re catching with and how they’re fishing them, so come along and test your fly patterns with us.

A man in a fishing outfit sits at the edge of a calm lake catching fish, holding a fishing rod.

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Fly Dresser's Guild Wessex branch member's fly box with different patterns

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