Bored? Why not tie something? Here is a step by step for a Cruncher, a modern reservoir pattern that is a must have when there are hatching buzzers about. A competition anglers favourite and often on my middle dropper. Instructions attached to each photograph. Most of our members should have the basic materials for this fly.
Step 1 Lay down a bed of silk and tie in the wire rib along the length of the hook to create a smooth underbody.
Step 2 Tie in the tail with just a couple of wraps of thread.
Step 3 Wrap the butt ends of the tail fibres to form the body and secure.
Step 4 Wrap the rib in open turns. This rib has been wound in the opposite direction to the body material to make it stand out more and increase durability of the fly. Cut off waste ends
Step 5 Tie in two or three strands of peacock herl and wrap a neat thorax. Avoid handling the part of the herl that is going to be wrapped as it makes for a neater thorax. Secure and remove waste ends
Step 6 Tie in and wrap two full turns of the hackle feather.
Step 7 Form a neat head and whip finish.
Options, This fly is very versatile and can be adapted to cover many different situations. Changing the body colour, the thorax material and the rib are just a few things you can do. Some options are shown here:
Nemo Cruncher:- add a red tinsel or holographic rib. Pull two strands through the hackle to form cheeks
Gold UV Cruncher :- Add a thorax of Gold and black “UV” micro fritz
Silver Tinsel Cruncher:- Silver fritz and a much lighter hackle (Silver doesn’t show up well in the photo, sorry)
Hot spot cruncher:- Red Glo-brite floss as a thorax. This fly caught me a 7lb grown on fish at Bewl a couple of years ago.
Deadline and NEW address for receipt of entries
Following David Taylor’s passing away, entries for the 2022/23 FDG Fly-Tying Competition must be sent to the
Deadline and NEW address for receipt of entries
Following David Taylor’s passing away, entries for the 2022/23 FDG Fly-Tying Competition must be sent to the following address: Guild Awards Manager, c/o Chris Reeves, 2 Briar Close, West Byfleet KT14 6QF. Entries must be received by 5.00 p.m. on Tuesday 21st March 2023.
Entrants to the Prize Winners Trout Fly category should also refer to page 8 of the Winter 2022 issue of Flydresser. These have also been included in the Fly-Tying Competitions section of this website, together with the full details of the competition.
The John Watts is the FDG’s annual boat fly-fishing competition. Past participants will attest to it being a friendly and enjoyable day, attracting members from a variety of
The John Watts is the FDG’s annual boat fly-fishing competition. Past participants will attest to it being a friendly and enjoyable day, attracting members from a variety of Branches and wide-ranging parts of the UK. Although traditionally an inter-Branch event, it is also open to individual members of the FDG.
The competition is contested by teams of four. Each Branch may enter up to two teams and individual entrants will be placed into pairs or teams of four if feasible. All competitors must be paid up members of the Guild. The competition is fished from boats to fishery rules with certain exceptions. It is fished entirely on a catch and release basis. The tally will be followed by a light buffet and prize giving at the fishing lodge.
To take part, entrants will need to complete an entry form and return it with the corresponding payment as soon as possible as per the instructions on the form. Entries are restricted to twenty teams of four and will be accepted on a first come, first
served basis. More details on the event, including the entry form and competition rules, are available on the Guild website, from your Branch Secretary or from the Fishing Competitions Secretary.
Note: Details on the cost of entry for 2023 and the updated entry form and rules will be posted on the website in late Spring 2023.
Year Around Event (2023)
The Fishing Lodge, Draycote Water, Rugby, Warwickshire CV23 8AB
This is a friendly and sociable event, open to members of the Guild only. The competition will be contested by teams of three but members entering as individuals will
This is a friendly and sociable event, open to members of the Guild only. The competition will be contested by teams of three but members entering as individuals will be placed into teams as feasible. The plan is to fish from 9.30 a.m. till 12.00 noon and again from 12.45 to 5.00 p.m. We’re looking into arrangements for holding the prize-giving and some light refreshments onsite or somewhere nearby.
Further details will be circulated in the Spring 2023 issue of Flydresser and posted on the Guild website and Facebook page.
To secure your place, please send a completed entry form with the corresponding fee. Cheques should be made out to ‘The Fly Dressers’ Guild’.
Note: the entry forms and rules will be posted as soon as the prices have been confirmed with the fishery.