Dressings Reference Library

The Dressings Reference Library

The Dressings Reference Library is the list of dressings that used to be available on the old Fly Dressers’ Guild website. It has been resurrected and enlarged by Bernard Sunderland of the Craven Branch, who converted it into a text file and wrote a software program that allowed users to search the database and extract the information for particular patterns – thank you hugely, Bernard.

The aim of this Library is to establish a ‘record of references’ – a valuable resource for fly tiers researching original dressings and the development of patterns, styles and materials. It provides a record of around 2,000 established, named patterns taken from reputable published sources, listing the basic materials and the source of the information which can be referred to by anyone who wishes to verify the detail.

From time to time, we will also publish a PDF extract of the Dressings Reference Library based on a particular word search or theme – at present, you can find below an extract of all the dressings for flies which include with the word “Greenwell” in their name or in the materials used.

Accessing the full Dressings Reference Library

Option 1: Access the Dressings Reference Library using Bernard Sunderland’s files and software, which he has kindly agreed to make available to FDG members.

Note: Bernard has now prepared three versions of the software, for PCs using Windows or Linux operating systems and for Macs

Depending on the type of operating system you use, click on the appropriate image on the right, which will download a compressed folder onto your computer.

This folder will be called “flypattsWIN”, “flypattsLINUX” or “flypattsMAC”, depending on the version you chose to download. Open the and extract all the files.

You should then have a normal folder on your computer called “flypatts”.

Open up that folder and extract all files. Then look for the “Read me” file or – if you’re impatient – the “Quick Start” file, and follow the instructions therein.

Option 2: Access the Dressings Reference Library as a PDF file . The dressings have been ordered alphabetically and you can search the file using Adobe’s search function. Before you head off to the print button, be warned the file is 290 pages long!).