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The Flydressers Guild exists to promote an  interest in fly tying and bring together fly-tyers worldwide. Anyone can join. New members are most welcome - this especially
includes those new to fly dressing.

One day, two guys Joe and Bob were out fishing.

Fish Boat

A funeral service passes over the bridge they're fishing by, and Bob takes off his hat and puts it over his heart. He does this until the funeral service passes by.

Joe then said "Gee Bob, I didn't know you had it in you!"

Bob then replies

" It's the least I could do. After all I was married to her for 30 years."


Many fly-tyers consider fly tying an art, such as E. C. Gregg in introduction to How To Tie Flies.
"The object of this book will be throughout its entirety to teach in a practical manner the Art of Fly Tying in all its branches.”[2]

Two guys are talking about fishing. One says to the other,

"I am NEVER going to take my wife fishing with me, ever again!"

"That bad, huh"

"She did everything wrong! She did everything wrong! She talked too much, made the boat rock constantly, tried to stand up in the boat, used the wrong fly, used the wrong lures and WORST of all she caught more fish than me!"


The BFFI was held for the final time at Trentham Gardens near Stoke on Trent. Next year the venue will be new as will be the date. The show is moving a few miles to the south and will be held on June 18th/19th.



BFFI 2012 - New Venue and New Date

23rd and 24th of June 2012
9:30am - 4:30pm Daily
Prices Held for another year
Prices on the day
1 Day £10
2 Day £17
15 and under Free when accompanied by an adult

Tickets will be available to save money and beat the queues in a few weeks time

1 Day £9 (Save £1)
2 Day £15 (Save £2)

Staffordshire County Showground - a great new BFFI venue

The Staffordshire County Showground is located 2 miles from junction 14 of the M6 motorway just outside Stafford. This location is very central for all areas of the UK and is close to 3 major airports and Stafford railway Station. This new site is about 12 miles from the original venue and is easily accessible from the M6, A34 and A51.

The show will be held in two inter-linked  exhibition halls, the Prestwood Centre (1366 metres square) and the Argyle Centre (1157 metres square) giving a total of over 2500metres square of indoor show arena.

The new site is a permanent exhibition venue with far better facilities than the Trentham site. These include -

Ample free parking.
Permanent Buildings.
Mains electricity.
In built heating system.
Announcement systems.
Toilets located in the exhibition halls.
A permanent onsite café facility.
Larger casting areas on grassed areas adjacent to the exhibition halls.
A more spacious layout allowing easier passage around the show.

In short this site solves all the problems associated with the old venue and its marquee type facilities. Even though the site is of a superior quality than the old venue there will be no increase in the entrance fee to the show.

There is also a large antiques fair taking place in one of the other exhibition halls on the same weekend as BFFI - so something for non-fishing partners to do whilst you enjoy the show.

For more details of the site look at

The BFFI will remain a show that encourages everything of quality to do with fly tying and fly fishing. Only demonstrators of the highest standard will be invited. The invited trade stands will also be closely vetted - with exhibitors specialising in quality products being encouraged.

  The BFFI does not encourage a bargain basement mentality so commonly seen at other shows


The Flydressers Guild exists to promote an  interest in fly tying and bring together fly-tyers worldwide.

Anyone can join. New members are  
most welcome - this especially includes those new to fly dressing.

Local Branch Membership

     Typically  a Branch will hold regular flytying classes for all standards, organise talks and demonstrations on all aspects of flytying and flyfishing, and run regular flyfishing outings.

More importantly local Branches offer their members friendship among like minded individuals and provide a happy, congenial, expert environment in which to learn and enjoy flytying and flyfishing. 

Each Branch of The Flydressers’ Guild is different, as the Branch membership decides on the activities that their Branch will offer.

The Northwest Fly Dressers Guild is a based at Timperly Sports Club. We have a full yearly tying programme. This is can be hands on tying around the    
    table,  – there is help with all tying from experienced members), or talks & demonstrations from guest speakers. We also have an all year round fishing programme with days out and competitions

Where and when do we meet?

 We meet at 7.30pm. in Timperly Sports Club.

Club members

Club members at a Game Fair.

What is the format of your meetings?

Click programme on the menu, which runs from January to December each year.  The tying and fishing activities are selected from the various requests and suggestions of the members. 

The programme varies each year, with monthly fishing trips to stillwaters / reservoirs.

as well as our tying evenings.
Our resident Instructors demonstrates the fly on the programme and then members tie their own versions, assisted as required.   These sessions are relaxed and informal. Guest speaker will give specialist advise & demonstrations, some also bring a "shop" with them.


Our resident Instructor demonstrates the fly on the programme and then members tie their own versions assisted as required.  These sessions are relaxed and informal.

What is the ethos of the branch?

We are a small branch with a friendly meeting atmosphere blending instruction with a social evening.  We tie flies for fishing as well as for competition.  Our day trips are relaxed affairs.

We are keen to increase our membership and would love both novice and experienced fly tiers to come along regularly.


How do I find out more?

The best way is to come along to one of our meetings – these are on the 3rd Tuesday of every month.

We hope to see you soon