The Flyfishers’ Club is one of the world’s most interesting and entertaining flyfishing fraternities, with a long tradition of warmth and friendliness.
Founded in 1884, the Club has always counted many of flyfishing’s most prominent names among its Members, and the biannual Flyfishers’ Journal is highly collectible and internationally regarded as an authoritative record of the sport. The Club owns no fishing and is ‘non-political’, although some Members are closely associated with the major national game angling bodies.
Current Members include anglers who fish for all species in all kinds of waters: the young and the old, the famous and the not so famous, and those who simply enjoy flyfishing.
In the course of its history the Club has occupied 13 different premises, including one which was destroyed in the Blitz, and our comfortable rooms are now located above the Savile Club in Brook Street. Members are encouraged to think of these rooms as their favourite fishing hut: discreet, cosy and welcoming, a haven where flyfishers can retreat from the bustle of London to borrow a book from the Club’s definitive Library, swap tall tales of riverbank battles won and lost, and savour fine food and wine in friendly, welcoming company.
The Club has a fine selection of reasonably priced wines, together with diverse and imaginative menus, and is open for lunch and dinner from Monday to Friday. Dinner is available on all weekday evenings, and Members are particularly encouraged to dine together on the first Tuesdays of each month. For a modest fee, the Club dining room may be hired for private dinner parties, cocktail parties or presentations.
Central to the Club’s calendar is our Annual Dinner, which has been held every year since 1885. Like all the Club’s activities, this is always a popular and memorable evening, well attended by Members as an opportunity to meet old friends and forge new fishing partnerships. A number of very popular ‘Winter Talks’ are held each year, mainly in the winter, when eminent guests give presentations on fishing and fisheries around the world. In recent years the Club has also benefited from an active calendar of Young Members’ events, usually involving a flyfishing film in the Savile Club’s cinema before an excellent dinner in the Flyfishers’ own dining room.
We are also developing a tradition of local dinners in the West Country, Derbyshire, Dublin and Scotland. More intimate than the Annual Dinner, their growing popularity reflects the success of the Club as a whole in bringing together like-minded people with a common interest in flyfishing.
Although we are a gentlemen’s Club and do not therefore have lady members, Members may invite lady guests to join them in the Savile Club for lunch, tea in the afternoon, drinks and dinner, and any Club event to which gentlemen guests are also invited.
Close ties to our hosts, the Savile Club, give Members access to accommodation and additional dining facilities. We have reciprocal arrangements with many other clubs across London and around the world, all of which offer our Members the use of their facilities, often including overnight accommodation, which offers a useful ‘stop off point’ before travelling on to a fishing destination.