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.


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 […]

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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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Princes, are the Prince of nymph patterns

January 15, 2018

          The Castaway fly club meets again this Wednesday evening. I plan to stick with tying the the fly I need the most and have plenty of them. The fly I be twisting up is the Prince nymph. The Prince is my favorite nymph pattern. It is by far the most […]

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