We will get a web site for our fly dressers club, meanwhile I plan to use this page of Game Angling Scotland to keep our regular members and other interested parties informed.
This is probably the 4th year that we have been running and we meet on Thursday evenings from October to early April with a short break for Christmas. The venue is Milngavie Library, Allander Way, Milngavie, G62 8PN from 6.30pm each Thursday.
We do not charge a membership fee but simply ask that you pay at present £3 per week towards the hire of the facility and free soft drinks. Any surplus is accumulated and used to pay for our guest speakers.
This session, for the first time we have introduced a beginners section which will be 6 flies demonstrated and chosen to give you the skills to get you on your way. Our session dates and program can be here. The dressings for our Spring 2013 beginners flies give you details of what materials you will need if you are a complete beginner we will happily provide materials so that you can practice on the evening.
February 8th, 2013
We had a very enjoyable evening at the Milngavie Fly Dressers when Craig MacAdam, Scottish Director of www. Buglife.org.uk came. He gave us a very enlightening presentation of the food that trout and grayling eat on the Clyde and surrounding area. Have to say that I learned a great deal about Plecoptera, Trichoptera, other bugs and beetles, I have forgotten their latin name. Probably the most important group of all Ephemeroptera the may or day flies. Day flies I guess because of their ephemeral nature, here today and gone tomorrow.
We learned some interesting facts approximately 190 Trichcoptera in the UK and 80 odd day flies. Even discovered that some sedges conducted the practice of aestivation, that’s summer hibernation to you and me! They sit in trees and go into a dormant state waiting until conditions were right to mate and breed. Ephemeroptera are some of the oldest flies on the earth dating back several million years.
It would seem also that we can assist www.buglife.org.uk by notifying them of any sightings of March Browns check them out and identify them here. look out in particular for the dark spot on the hind legs. If you believe that you have the right fly complete this form and send it off. The key month in Scotland would likely be April.
The other fly of interest to buglife is the Orange Striped Stone Fly and any sightings should be reported here.
Thanks go to Craig for taking the time to come and meet with us.
January 28th, 2013
The Milngavie Fly Dressers got back into action on the 10th January and as it was appropriate and seasonal we spent a couple of hours doing a demonstration of grayling flies. Kenny Sichi tied a collection of nymphs and Alberto Laidlaw tied a few dry flies. Here they are:
Cul de Canon
Grayling Steel Blue
Pink Bead Head Nymph
There you go a collection of grayling flies. The camera lens however shows up your inadequacies, I do not like the red tag much with its tail rolled off the top, I must try harder in future. Thanks to John Symonds for the photography.
Patterns for a couple of the flies are as follows but whatever do not get bogged down with precise representation feel free to substitute materials
Hook: Grubber style hook size 12
Body: Lead foil for weight, dubbed hares ear
Rib: Fine Gold Oval
Hackle: Grizzle palmered
Back: Brown Shrimp foil
Hook: Barbless jig fly size 12 or 14
Body: Hare Line Brown UV or Orvis (purple in colour)
Rib: Red wire
Hackle: CDC natural wound behind bead
Bead: Silver slotted
Pink Bead Head Nymph
Hook: Tiemco 103 BL size 12,14 or 16
Bead : Pink Tungston Bead 2.5 mm
Rib : Red Wire
Body: Ice Dub UV Shrimp Pink
Back: Magic Shrimp Foil Pearl