20.12.16 – Fly Dressing evening at Mike Jackson House, Aldershot

It’s always nice to travel around and meet some new veterans who may be in the frame to come along on one of our fly fishing adventures. Mary Norton at Mike Jackson House invited me over to Mike Jackson House in Aldershot last night to run through the basics of fly dressing and tie some flies. These could then be used on a fishing trip or two next season maybe?

In the Fly Dressing Lounge

In the Fly Dressing Lounge

After a quick resume of how the charity works, we set about assembling the vices and necessary tools required to tie a basic fly….a Pheasant tail Nymph.

The tools were supplied by Veniard’s of Thornton Heath, London, whilst Mark Hamnett, Managing Director of Partridge Hooks had kindly donated a few hundred hooks to start twiddling on. We also had a box of varied materials to plunge into, kindly donated by local anglers. Excellent!

Hooks, tools and materials for PTNs

Hooks, tools and materials for PTNs

Getting to grips with tension of the thread, masking the hook point in the vice to prevent fraying of the thread, not building up too much bulk on the abdomen, and the dreaded whip finish knot were all stumbling blocks along the way.

Attaching the thread to the hook

Attaching the thread to the hook

During the evening, our 4 particpants started to appreciate what a complete fascinationfly dressing can be, and were well and truly hooked by the end. Haha.

Tail on, now for the abdomen

Tail on, now for the abdomen

The guys did admirably well, and ended up with flies that will certainly get rods bending next spring.

Pheasant Tail Nymph or 'PTN'

Pheasant Tail Nymph or ‘PTN’

The Pheasant Tail Nymph is a good general pattern for imitating the prehatch version of the buzzer and the pond or river olive.

As our coasters suggested – Keep Calm and Tie Some Flies 🙂

Upcoming flyfishing events in 2017:

Saturday 11th February Lake Flyfishing in Hampshire

Saturday 4th March Lake Flyfishing at Albury Park, Guildford

Wishing our friends and colleagues a Very Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year and see you on the bank again soon!

Tony.

 

 

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