MEETINGS

August 2, 2020

Looking back: 2019 John Hardeley Memorial

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FLASHBACK: It’s that time of year again—Wessex FDG’s annual John Hardeley Memorial, held at Woodington Trout Fishery. When I drove into the car park there were six inches of the River Blackwater flowing through it, into the field beyond. We’ve had a lot of rain recently, exacerbated by the rainstorm
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June 29, 2020

No, really? The 4th W.T.F.?

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And thus continue my WTF musings… In the three previous ‘Why Tie Flies’ jottings, I hope I made the case for fly tying. It is a fascinating hobby that brings a lot of enjoyment: you can appreciate and admire your own handiwork, make as much of ‘joining the club’ of
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April 27, 2020

Even More W. T. F. ?

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In this piece, the acronym stands for ‘Why The Flydressers?’ A good question. The Flydressers’ Guild is a national organisation which has branches throughout the UK, all of which are run individually whilst also being members of the Guild overall. The Wessex branch is unique in being the founder, the
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January 14, 2020

More W. T. F. ?

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So, tell me more…Why Tie Flies? Considering the prices of flies available on-line or in-store (originating from China, Kenya and Korea, largely) some might say it’s not worth the trouble of tying your own, but hopefully the first one of these W.T.F.? pieces made the point that the equation variety
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December 31, 2019

W. T. F. ?

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Why tie flies? They’re not very expensive (classic Salmon flies apart), so why not just buy? It’s conceivable to go fly fishing with just one fly, until it falls apart with wear or is broken off in some marauding tree, but what if your one fly represents something the fish
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