Fly Tying Club

Welcome to the Castaway Fly Tying Club. The club meets on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday night of each month at 7:00p.m. We meet at my office in the Earthlogic building 56 Main St. Essex Jct VT. We open fly tying season the first week of January and go until the time would be better spent on the water in the spring. Each week there will be two flies selected to tie. These flies will be posted the Monday before the meeting, along with their recipe so that club members can prepare for Wednesday and so anyone visiting the site can tie along or just to see what’s going on the vise from week to week. Go to the fly selection link for information on purchasing any of the flies posted here.

It’s getting close.

by Brian Zinger on April 2, 2019

Spring will be here soon. The opener for VT regular season of trout is just 2 Saturdays away on April 13th. We’ve been having longer and warmer days. The snow is melting and the sweet smell of sugar shacks boiling liquid gold is in the air. Mud season is in full gear, and we are getting down to the last couple of fly tying night for the boys and girls of the castawayflies winter gang. Now is when we transition from tying time to fishing time.  The time when we can take all of our creature creations that we produced by the wood stove on wicked cold nights, and put them to good use fooling fish and getting that tug that many haven’t felt since the fall.

Hopefully we will be able to have two more sessions before everyone would rather be on the water.   I’d like to also get a session before the Ditch Pickle Classic to get some extra flies ready for that tournament.   What important right now is that I get ready for the early season of trout.  This week I’ll be tying a fly that doesn’t work, particularly in the early season.  I don’t know why I keep them in my box. Maybe cause I like the name and the creator.  The fly is the Double D. This year I’m putting some UV into the thorax to make it even less productive.



Change of Venue

by Brian Zinger on March 19, 2019

Instead of meeting at Earthlogic tomorrow evening, some of the castaway fly tying crew will be heading to the Jericho Cafe and Tavern. I’ve been going there for years for there amazing food and spirits, so it will be nice to do that and twist up some flies with friends.

At JCaT I will be tying up a pattern that goes back over 25 years when Paul”Brown Dog” Brown Jr. was my fly tying mentor. We would get out of work Wednesday morning, go to his house and tie up flies that Brownie thought were “got ta have” flies or something we saw in a magazine. One week he told me we were going to tie a fly he saw in a book from a tyer out of Maine. Brownie liked it because it was said to work well on brookies. The author said “1st time I used it I caught 88 fish”, so he called it the 88. We sat down to tie it when Brownie realized he didn’t have some of the correct materials. What we wound up tying didn’t look much like the picture in the book.

The first time either of us gave the fly some water time was on a trip to the NE Kingdom with a couple of friends. By the end of day one all four of us were using the fly. By day 4 we wished we had more. The following weekend, I entered it as one of my two flies in the Winooksi River Duel fly duel. I was the only angler with that fly (Obviously). I wound up in 3rd and actually couldn’t believe anyone caught more because that fly crushed it.

We never gave the fly another name because we felt that it was equally as productive as the original was touted to be. They are easy to tie and even easier to fish.  This fly is a “got ta have” in sizes 12 and 10, 14 optional. I’ve caught fish trying to change some of the materials but the recipe I give you is all you need.




Hook: Mustad 9671 #12 & #10

Thread: uni Camel

Abdomen: med gold wire

Thorax: uni stretch green

Wing: Mallard flank

Hackle: couple turn of 2x Grizzly


3Rivers Minnow

March 5, 2019

This Wednesday at Earthlogic, I’ll be tying up 3 River minnows. I have not been fortunate enough to go to the 3 Rivers Lodge in Labrador to fish for giant brook trout, however I have been fortunate enough to fish with Robin Reeve, the owner of 3 rivers lodge , a couple of times over […]

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If the weather has you down, bust your slump

February 17, 2019

This week the club is back on home turf at the Earthlogic building in Essex. This week Jamie Eisenberg will show us a fly that was very productive for her last year, the Slump buster. It’s a zonker style fly that has a ton of action and a larger profile, like a woolly bugger. If […]

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Moving on.

February 12, 2019

Last week the club meeting at Berdas got iced out, but Aaron and I still showed and got a couple flies tied over a couple of brews. We will be back to Berdas for sure. This week is the clubs week off from meeting, but that doesn’t mean we stop moving on with tying.   […]

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Can’t have enough nymphs

January 25, 2019

The most productive way of catching trout is with nymphs. Whether they imitate a specific hatch or an attractor pattern, the ability to fish them well is key to bringing more fish to the net. Two that are important and I have been tying recently are a Red Headed Prince and March Brown nymph. Growing […]

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