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Mini’s for everything

by Brian Zinger on January 8, 2019

Tomorrow evening kicks off the 2019 Castawayflies.com fly tying night. I’m looking forward to seeing folks I don’t get to see much after fall fishing, telling stories and tying up a ton of flies. As usual I start off tying flies I use a lot and lose a lot.

The hottest fly in my box for last couple years has been a Muddler minnow. With so many other flies in my box, this older than dirt fly pattern made of naturally harvested feathers and fur still produces more tight lines and smillin faces than any other.

If you know me or read anything I write about, you’ll know that love tying thing in a mini version. Mini is mighty when it comes to Muddlers. #12’s are not commonly found in many a fly fishers box. I usually have a row dedicated to them.

The keeper of the Ausable

I was versed on Mini Muddlers by Fran Betters.  When I first moved to Vermont I fished everywhere and started fishing the Adirondack’s in NY. Any time I would fish the West Branch of the Ausable River, I would stop in to visit with Fran as he sat and spun up the fly of the day. One day he was tying up small muddlers, which was surprising to me as I only carried #4 – 8 back then. He told me of of their virtue and that was all I needed. I walked out with a half dozen fresh of the vise, as I always did. I fished them for the rest of the season with great productivity. Since then I have tied many patterns that you normally think to tie large and make them mini. Mini muddlers are a must have.



Muddler Minnow

Hook: Mustad 9671 #14 – #4

Tail: Tom Turkey tail feather section, with a “v” cut into it

Body: gold tinsel

Wing: Tom Turkey tail feather section, 2x length of hook shank

Head: stacked bunches of spun deer hair, 1st stack spin to make the collar add additional stacks of different neutral colors of hair.

Optional and recommended: gold bead head


Blackback Pub Fly tying night

by Brian Zinger on January 4, 2019

For a few years now, I have had a fly case displayed at the Blackback Pub during the fishing season. These flies are for sale and they are the same flies that Stream and Brook flying fishing guides use to put clients onto fish. The content is mostly trout flies for fishing local waters.  At the end of the regular trout season, I usual grab the case for refilling over the winter and any money usually goes right into lunch and a couple brews.   In order to refill that case I have to tie a bunch of flies over the winter. So, On Wednesday January 16th, the Blackback Pub in Waterbury VT will be welcoming myself and a few other great fly tiers to there establishment for some fly tying demonstrations. We’ll be twisting up some of our favorite trout, pike and bass patterns while enjoying some of the best locally sourced food and beverage the Blackback Pub is famous for. This event is free, so stop in between 7:30 and 10 pm to sip and spectate, or  bring your own vise and join in.

Check out the food and extensive beer list that is ever changing with great seasonal brew that they source from only astones throw away. http://www.theblackbackpub.com/


Fly tying season

December 28, 2018

Every year the fishing seasons come to an end, then hunting seasons comes to an end, then the Holiday season comes to an end and that’s when fly tying season begins. It’s the time when day light is at it shortest and air temperatures are at their coldest. It’s a great time of year to […]

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Fly tying lessons

December 16, 2018

I still have a couple of openings for” one on one” fly tying lessons, for beginners or novice individuals. If you live around the Essex VT area and want to get started on tying your own fly’s or want to learn some new skills or techniques, get in touch with me to set up a […]

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River report: December 9, 2018

December 9, 2018

Not much to report. Most of our guides have been taking some time off the water to get in the woods for hunting season. Many of the flies that I’ll be Tying this winter will be with the feathers and fur that I harvest from this and past hunting seasons. I’ve already got all kinds […]

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Stream and Brook fly fishing give away.

December 4, 2018

Last chance to win this NICK MAYER ART Permit print! Like, comment or share to win. You can also win via our Instagram page. Will announce the winner on Wednesday evening. Also a reminder we have gift certificates available and they make an awesome Christmas present! Give NICK MAYER ART a follow. streamandbrook.com

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