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.

Get a lesson, give a lesson

by Brian Zinger on April 13, 2018

This has been a fun week of tying flies. Everything from dry flies for trout, tiny jigs for panfish too 7-9 inch streamers for anything that can eat one.

Kevin Ramerez stopped by Wednesday night for a lesson in not only how to tie these monstrous flies, but some knowledge on leader construction and knots that he uses to stand up large Pike and Musky.

Gave Aaron Shamp his fist lesson on tying dry flies. We tied a Royal Coachmen that was a “bucket list” fly for him and one I haven’t tied in awhile. Great teaching fly. He learned the skill of tying a hair wing and dividing it, also how to make wraps of hackle for the Catskill and Wulff style of this pattern.

Also, Shawn Giard supplied me with his annual supply of some little jig head hooks. He likes having a little feather and fur tied on in different color combos for spawning panfish. Happy to oblige and hope to get with him to bend the 3wt on some slabs for dinner.




by Brian Zinger on April 2, 2018

This Wednesday I’ll be tying the X-caddis. The X-caddis is a pattern I found out about around 20 years ago during the 2nd Winooski River Duel Fly Duel. I was not in the 1st year of the duel, so I wasn’t privy to the fly that kicked ass that first year. Every returning contestant had an X-caddis as one of their two flies the 2nd year. Needless to say the top 3 finishers killed with the x-caddis and I finished 4th with an 88 and a Snow shoe.

Now that I have been aware of the virtues of this fly, I carry plenty in size16-12. I only tie it in one color because in the years that I have worked them the olive version stands out and can be fished before, during and after any hatch of caddis. It truly covers them all and when allowed to pluck under on the swing makes for a great egg layer.


Caddis week

March 19, 2018

There is an aquatic species that is abundant in VT and available to trout in one form or another all season long. Caddis flies don’t get the glamor of Mayflies. After the Hendrickson’s and March Browns have come and gone there will still be caddis. Trout love caddis flies in all phases of their life […]

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Keep it simple

March 5, 2018

Sometimes, great flies are simple to tie. Flies that only require 3 materials that are easy to work with, and only take 3-4 minutes are my kinda fly. The Mikey Finn is that kind of fly. Besides a hook and thread, Red and yellow buck tail, and flat tinsel is all that’s required. I like […]

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Go mini on Muddlers

February 19, 2018

So far I’ve been twisting up nothing but, gotta have nymphs. They’ll be important to have until the fish start looking up for there food in the spring. Another food source that is important is baitfish. They too are lethargic during the winter, making them little chase for big chomp. Most Vermont rivers are loaded […]

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The work around

February 10, 2018

So we postpone Wednesday night to Thursday and for the folks who were able to make the switch it was a productive evening. I have been sticking to my tying schedule thus far this year by twisting up patterns that I need a lot of and lose a lot of. That means nymphs, and they […]

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