The Fly Dressers’ Guild promotes and encourages the art of fly dressing or fly tying – that is, the tying of artificial flies for fly fishing.

If you’d like to see how one of our members answered the question “What is fly tying?”, click here.

The Guild is a not-for-profit organisation open to anyone interested in flies and fly tying, whether a knowledgeable veteran, a novice or somewhere in between, and new members are warmly welcomed. Please do explore our website to find out more about us and what we can offer you.

Our members’ interests cover the full range of flies and fishing styles, including:
– traditional dries;
– wets and nymphs for trout;
– hair-winged and fully dressed classic salmon flies;
– modern stillwater competition flies;
– realistics and semi-realistics;
– pike; and
– saltwater flies.

Four enthusiastic fly-dressers established the Guild in 1967, to share their expertise with a wider audience. Today, we have around 900 members across the UK and overseas, mainly in Europe, but also quite a few in North and South America, Australia and New Zealand.

In addition, members of the Guild have created a network of over 30 branches across the UK, which operate independently but are affiliated to the Guild. These branches offer a range of activities including fly tying classes, talks and fishing outings. We encourage all members to join their local branch and take part in the activities they arrange.

To join the Guild, please refer to the ‘Join the Fly Dressers’ Guild’ page here.

For existing members with queries about their membership, please contact the Membership Secretary David Richards