founded 1967

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

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.

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
  • saltwater flies

Established by four enthusiastic fly dressers in 1967, the Guild has grown to around 1,500 members in 40 branches throughout the UK. These branches offer a range of activities including fly-tying classes, talks, demonstrations, and fishing outings.

Annual Membership

  • £10 Juniors
  • £17 Adults

For this, you will receive the following:

  • Quarterly full-color magazine.
  • Discount on tackle, materials, books, etc. from trade members.
  • £5 million of civil liability insurance cover.
  • Guild fly-tying awards scheme.
  • Annual fly-tying competition.
  • Annual raffle

The Northumbria Branch of the Guild meets every third Tuesday of the month at the Masons Arms, Dinnington, not far from Newcastle Airport. Meetings start at about 7.30 pm and our activities include fly-tying demonstrations, fly-tying competitions, video nights, and auctions of tackle and materials.

At some meetings, there is a free buffet. We also hold friendly fishing competitions and outings at local waters every year. If you are a novice tyer with little or no experience, we can get you tying flies that will catch fish. Branch Membership costs just £15 per annum (£10 concessionary)

We have several members who can put you on the right track and offer one-to-one tuition free of charge for members.
If you are interested in joining, call Phil Bilbrough on 01670 824177 for details.

For our “Program of Events” see the Northumbria section on the Guild website.