Flydressers Guild - Herts & Chilterns Branches Fly Tying at the Herts Show 2007

Darrell (Membership Secretary) and Ian (Chairman) fly tying
Ian and Ken relax after a busy morning

What is it with the British weather? Having been blown around Ravensthorpe Water whilst boat fishing with other members of the Herts Branch a fortnight earlier it would have been nice to enjoy some sunshine over the Bank Holiday weekend.

Our mission was to demonstrate fly tying at the County Show over the two days. The weather was poor to start off and deteriorated into heavy rain and plummeting temperatures, resulting in tyers sitting wearing wellingtons and trying to keep nimble fingers despite the cold. We were on a mission, to coerce - sorry, encourage the viewing public to join the ranks of the Flydressers Guild. Recruitment of new members was our top priority.

We set out the Stall with a display of feathers, fly tying equipment and framed flies tied by our Members. The day ran smoothly, numerous flies being tied whilst we answered questions from our passing audience. Some people were just interested in watching how fishing flies are constructed, whilst others showed more of an interest in possibly tying themselves. We handed out numerous Membership Application Forms so with any luck both Branches will benefit by an increase in Membership. It was nice to see some familiar faces and friends from the past, re-living old times, whilst enjoying a few hours tying flies together. We shared the company of a diversity of countrymen and women, all sharing their fieldcraft skills with members of the public.

We feel it is a duty to keep these skills alive and accessible to the public, whilst recruiting new members. We look forward to next year, to re-new acquaintances with familiar fieldsports enthusiasts and country craftsmen.

Darrell Howard
Membership Secretary, Herts Branch Flydressers Guild