Resolve to tie flies in 2018

by Brian Zinger on January 2, 2018

Happy New Year everyone.  The new year means many things to different people. For me, I try to use it as a fresh start to be better as a person, a husband and father and as a business owner. It also signifies the start to fly tying season. My fly boxes and inventory are always low this time of year so while it is bitter cold and dark for much of the day, I spend much time tying flies for clients and Stream and Brook fly fishing guide service so that we’re all ready for when the fishing picks up again in the spring. As usual, the Castaway fly tying club gets started right away on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of in January,and usually continues through April. We will meet tomorrow evening at my office in the Earthlogic building in Essex. Anyone can join us. There is plenty of room. You just need to have a portable light, a vise and the materials to tie flies. The folks that come to this event are there for comradery and to bang out flies. If you are a beginner or novice and would like some lessons please contact me for an appointment. I have a five week tying package where you will learn the basics for tying nymphs, wet flies, dry flies, streamers and terrestrials.

During club get together I like to tie flies that I need many of. This week, I will be tying woolly buggers. You can’t have enough of them and it is good to have them in different colors and sizes. My favorite are Black and grizzley, olive and black, white on white and rootbeer. I like tying large buggers  in size #6 and small in size#12.   Buggers are easy to tie. They only require a couple materials. Maribou, chennille and saddle hackle. You should tie some with bead heads and some flash as well.

Don’t forget to keep an eye on during the winter months. Right now we are running a deal for 1 and 2 day fly fishing schools.

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