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The Flydressers’ Guild
Sussex Branch

The Guild exists to promote and cultivate the art and craft of fly-tying; i.e. the tying of artificial flies for fly-fishing. It originated in 1967 in Hampshire and the Sussex Branch was one of the first, being founded in 1968 by John Veniard, the then president of the Flydressers’ Guild, and keen local fly fisherman, Frank Darrah. The Branch has developed over the years and now boasts a membership of about one hundred members.

Meetings are held every Thursday evening from September through to April at Patcham Community Centre, on the outskirts of Brighton, at which instructional classes are held for all abilities from total beginners to competition fly-tying. Roughly once a month a guest speaker is invited to give a presentation on some aspect of fly-tying or fly fishing. Special events are also held, including an annual auction of fishing tackle and fly-tying materials, cookery demonstrations and visits from local fishery managers.

During the summer months, visits to local fisheries are organised, some combining friendly competitions with other local fly fishing clubs. Outings are also arranged during the latter part of the season further afield for grayling fishing. At the annual dinner, usually held in April, a guest speaker is invited to present trophies to winners of various competitions. Stands at events such as the South of England Show are also manned to give fly-tying demonstrations.

The Guild is open to all who are interested in the art of fly-tying – no experience is required and all advice and instruction is given free by members. Branch subscription is currently £12 per annum, or £15 for family membership, due on 1st October. It is a condition of Branch membership that you must be a member of the Flydressers' Guild, and details of their membership can be found on their website www.the-fdg.org . This.membership includes the quarterly magazine of the Guild, the Flydresser, as well as the monthly Branch Newsletter (back copies of which can be accessed by clicking on this link).