Lincoln Featherbenders and Flyfishers Reopen Membership

In 1995 the late Rev. Spaight of Sudbrooke formed Lincoln Featherbenders as a fly tying club.

“Initially, it was a rather informal group of fly fishers who wished to extend their knowledge and skills to include fly tying and entomology” explains Committee Member Syd Bell. “Of more recent years the Club has grown, and the monthly meetings have continued with one or two visiting demonstrators who have Nationally recognised qualifications.”

Fly tying, the art of creating artificial flies for use in fly fishing, for many is a hobby as well as a means of filling their fly box with well tested patterns. It is a craft that has been practised for centuries and is still popular today. It involves the use of a variety of materials, such as feathers, fur, thread, and wire, to create a realistic imitation of an insect or other aquatic creature. The goal of fly tying is to create a fly that will attract fish and entice them to bite. 

Fly tying can be a challenging hobby, but the club cater for all grades of fly tying experience, and even have a separate group for newcomers and less experienced members where they are taught the techniques and materials used by an experienced member. The group support one another, with members of the senior group also taking turns at demonstrating flies to the whole group, who then practice the tying techniques involved. 

In 2018, an opportunity arose to rent a 9-acre lake. “It was decided by the membership to extend the fly tying club to include fly fishing at an extra fee” Syd recalls. “This was put to meet expenses such as rent, insurance, stocking and maintenance. A lot of effort was put into clearing the banks and pathways, and we now have a beautiful venue to fish. There are now trout of all sizes up to 5lb!” The club decided to alter their name to reflect this, and since have been known as Lincoln Featherbenders and Flyfishers.

Fly fishing has been found to have a variety of health benefits, including a chance to rest your mind. When you’re fly fishing, you enter a state that resembles meditation. Because fly fishing requires you to be highly focused, you are much less likely to worry or think about anything that might be stressing you out in everyday life, providing a chance to escape and focus on the happiness and excitement of getting a bite. It also provides a new opportunity for friendships to bloom, and to create meaningful connections. Fly fishing is a gentle way of connecting with like-minded anglers, whilst enjoying the fresh air and immersing yourself in the beauty of the outdoors.

The Committee have decided to reopen membership, and invite anyone interested in joining (men, women and youths) to contact Syd Bell on 01673 860103 for further information.