Chris Watson with a 12.5 lb Rainbow Trout caught on his Black Holoflex Buzzer, size 16


This course will be conducted by Chris Watson. Chris has been teaching and demonstrating fly tying for over twenty years and is a familiar figure on the UK fly tying circuit. He demonstrated fly tying for many years at Chatsworth Angling Fair and has tied at every British Fly Fair International, www.bffi.co.uk.

He has had work published, twice appeared on the fishing programme on B.B.C. Radio Lancashire and ten of his flies are on display at the Catskill Fly Fishing Museum in the States. Chris has also demonstrated fly tying and conducted workshops in Holland, Kenya and America. He is Secretary of the North West Branch of The Fly Dressers Guild (since 1997) and is a member of the Nymph-Head Pro- Team, www.flymenfishingcompany.com.

Chris enjoys tying all types of flies, but specialises in suggestive and imitative flies for Trout and Grayling. His golden rules are to tie flies to catch fish and not fishermen, make them as durable as the materials will allow and keep them as simple as possible - excluding any materials or procedures that will not increase your catch rate.


This course is aimed at those tyers who have a number of years' experience of fly tying and have possibly taken professional lessons that are now ready to take their tying to a more advanced level. The course will cover correct material / hook choice and techniques to achieve the right size, profile, configuration, depth in the water column and colour.


The course will be in the format of a two day 'hands on' workshop. Over the two days Chris will take you through the tying of a series of patterns to cover a number of fishing situations for Trout and Grayling. These flies have been carefully chosen for their fishing catching prowess and to include a large variety of different tying techniques.

Whilst within the time constraints of two days we will not be able to tie imitations/suggestions of all 'food types' for Trout and Grayling, most of the important ones will be covered. The pattern list will include a number of generic type patterns that can be adapted by altering the hook sizes and material colours. Chris will introduce the course participants to a variety of different techniques, some traditional, others that he has learnt from tying with some of the world's elite for many years. These techniques will of course be extremely useful in the tying of other flies not included within itinerary of this course.


The most important thing is for this course for it to be informative, relaxing and FUN for all involved. By the end of the weekend the course members will have the ability to tie a number of patterns to cover a range of fly fishing situations on both rivers and still waters, increased their knowledge of hook/material choice and have expanded their repertoire of fly tying techniques. It is the intention that these two days will encourage all who participate to be more adventurous with their tying and hopefully even start to think 'outside the box', innovating their own successful flies.

Fly fishing is the most exciting form of fishing and to catch fish on flies that you have tied and possibly even designed yourself, is the ultimate thrill.



Bobbin holder/s

Whip finish tool

Fine pair of fly tying scissors

Standard pair of fly tying scissors

Dubbing needle

Hackle pliers

Fine flat nosed pliers


Dubbing twister

Hair stacker

Dubbing twister

Marc Petitjean magic tool, or a bulldog clip

70 denier, 8/0 thread in olive, black, brown, tan and red (my personal preference is Wapsi UTC 70)

Gelspun/dyneema thread in either 50 or 70 denier

Primrose (3) and purple (8) Pearsall's gossamer tying silk

Fly tying wax

All hooks and other materials will be provided

If you have any queries regarding the course content, or the list of items that you're required to bring pleaser do not hesitate to contact Chris on 01625 535046, or chrisw.fly@btinternet.com.