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“Kiss the Water” Movie Review

Posted by Drew Chicone On May 22nd

Kiss the Water Kiss the Water Movie Review

“Kiss the Water” is an enchanting documentary detailing the life of the implausibly talented fly tyer Megan Boyd.  As if by magic this new fly fishing film transports you to an idyllic world trapped in time.

The fairy tail unfolds in the scenic rolling hills of Scotland. Amusing interviews with Megan’s childhood friends help to recount who she was, what it was like growing up in that era, and how her artfully tied flies became coveted by Royalty.  Her stunning patterns are truly something to behold, and the vibrantly colored feathers seem to come alive in high definition.  The delicate interplay between breathtaking streamside vistas and vibrant dreamlike animations are masterfully intertwined throughout, gripping even the non-fisherman and tyers amongst us.

This is an amazing work reaches far beyond documenting the life of a world-renowned fly tyer and transcends your typical fly fishing film…Evoking unanswered questions within all fly fishermen.  I highly recommend you immerse yourself in this astonishing piece of cinematography.

Use the code FLYFISH For a 10% off the digital download at kiss-the-water.com

 

Steve Gibson’s DT Special Snook Fly

Posted by Drew Chicone On February 4th

Steve Gibsons DT Special Variation Steve Gibsons DT Special Snook Fly

I think it was about 1992-93. I received the original DT Special (I might add well used) from Capt. Matt Hoover of Naples. We had been talking about fly fishing for snook in the surf and he told me the DT would be the only fly I’d ever need. He was right.  I actually “redesigned” the pattern. My fly-tying mentor, the late George Rose, always told me that there are no new flies. “They’re variations on a similar theme,” he’d say. I think he was right. Even though the surf is fairly shallow where I fish (Sarasota to Boca Grande), I believe a fly must get down quickly to the eye level of the snook. So, with that in mind, I decided to tie four neck hackles facing, rather than splaying them as per the original. The fly gets down just a little quicker. I also built up the head of the fly and added 3D Prism Eyes. I’m a big believer in eyes on a fly.

This is the sixth installment of  Snook Flies. To read the rest of the interview, and for the complete step-by-step instructions for tying this snook fly and 7 more,  download your copy of Snook Flies at www.saltyflytying.com.

The DT Special Snook Fly Steve Gibsons DT Special Snook Fly

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165  page downloadable pdf. is illustrated with ultra-hi resolution  step-by-step instructions, click the link, or icon to download your copy today.  $14.99  The paperback version should be available just in time for Christmas.  Detailed instructions for tying Joe Mahler’s Straw Boss, Dave Johnson’s Petticoat Streamer, Pete Squibb’s Dirty Squibbster, Drei Stroman’s Crystal D, Bill Baldus’s Neon Knight, Nicholas Davis’s Lightsaber Pilchard, Steve Gibson’s DT Special variation, and my go to the Captiva Cannibal.

If you have questions or other topics in mind you would like explained, feel free to comment or send me an email.

Keep Your Wraps Tight & Feathers Straight!

-Drew

Nick Davis’s Lightsaber Pilchard Snook Fly

Posted by Drew Chicone On January 21st

 

Nick Daviss Lightsaber Pilchard Nick Daviss Lightsaber Pilchard Snook Fly

After flipping through the bin at the fly shop and scrolling through Instagram I got the idea to use flash and tie it much like an EP minnow. It was only by mistake I developed my favorite beach snook pattern. While it is my favorite beach pattern, I often pull it from the box when the water is super muddy and visibility is low. After a little R&D I got the idea to use glow Flashabou for some gills and the rest they say is history. I think this pattern is ultra effective due to the slight crinkling of the polar flash matched with the pronounced epoxy nose. There’s just something about that Polar Flash that resembles real scales and the epoxy nose is very life like.

This is the fifth installment of  Snook Flies. To read the rest of the interview, and for the complete step-by-step instructions for tying this snook fly and 7 more,  download your copy of Snook Flies at www.saltyflytying.com.

Lightsaber Pilchard Snook Fly  Nick Daviss Lightsaber Pilchard Snook Fly

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165  page downloadable pdf. is illustrated with ultra-hi resolution  step-by-step instructions, click the link, or icon to download your copy today.  $14.99  The paperback version should be available just in time for Christmas.  Detailed instructions for tying Joe Mahler’s Straw Boss, Dave Johnson’s Petticoat Streamer, Pete Squibb’s Dirty Squibbster, Drei Stroman’s Crystal D, Bill Baldus’s Neon Knight, Nicholas Davis’s Lightsaber Pilchard, Steve Gibson’s DT Special variation, and my go to the Captiva Cannibal.

If you have questions or other topics in mind you would like explained, feel free to comment or send me an email.

Keep Your Wraps Tight & Feathers Straight!

-Drew

Capt. Bill Baldus’s Neon Knight Snook Fly

Posted by Drew Chicone On January 7th

Capt. Bill Balduss Neon Knight Capt. Bill Balduss Neon Knight Snook Fly

“Good fish at nine o’clock, forty feet, can you see him?” I said.  “Yup,” was all he said.  The cast landed close, about 2 feet to the right and settled for a second, short strip. The snook charged hard and we were connected.” Yes, we have a new fly,” was all I could say as we landed a great snook. Then I remembered my manners and congratulated my angler. He understood.  This fly triggered an awesome strike, did not spook the fish and solved all of the problems of previous attempts. And so was born the Neon Knight. Since then, it has become my go-to fly.  The Neon Knight is fished in the same manner as any baitfish imitation. Let it sink a bit and vary the retrieve from short to long strips depending on your target. You will find that it lands softly and sinks slowly as the synthetics do not absorb water.

This is the fifth installment of  Snook Flies. To read the rest of the interview, and for the complete step-by-step instructions for tying this snook fly and 7 more,  download your copy of Snook Flies at www.saltyflytying.com.

The Neon Knight Snook Fly Capt. Bill Balduss Neon Knight Snook Fly

 

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165  page downloadable pdf. is illustrated with ultra-hi resolution  step-by-step instructions, click the link, or icon to download your copy today.  $14.99  The paperback version should be available just in time for Christmas.  Detailed instructions for tying Joe Mahler’s Straw Boss, Dave Johnson’s Petticoat Streamer, Pete Squibb’s Dirty Squibbster, Drei Stroman’s Crystal D, Bill Baldus’s Neon Knight, Nicholas Davis’s Lightsaber Pilchard, Steve Gibson’s DT Special variation, and my go to the Captiva Cannibal.

If you have questions or other topics in mind you would like explained, feel free to comment or send me an email.

Keep Your Wraps Tight & Feathers Straight!

-Drew

Drei Stroman’s Crystal D Snook Fly

Posted by Drew Chicone On December 23rd

 

Drei Stromans Crystal D Drei Stromans Crystal D Snook Fly

The original gold Crystal D was designed in 2005 as a saltwater utility fly, appealing to Snook Sea trout, Redfish, Snapper, Jacks, and myriad other species.  The idea behind the pattern was to develop a fly that would provide the same flashy appearance as a gold spoon without the wobble. For clear water situation this pattern has been modified with white and translucent materials.  One of the keys to the fly’s effectiveness is its larger profile yet light presentation. This fly was designed to imitate small baitfish and can be fished effectively in both shallow and deep water conditions.

This is the forth installment of  Snook Flies. To read the rest of the interview, and for the complete step-by-step instructions for tying this snook fly and 7 more,  download your copy of Snook Flies at www.saltyflytying.com.

The Crystal D Snook Fly Drei Stromans Crystal D Snook Fly

 

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165  page downloadable pdf. is illustrated with ultra-hi resolution  step-by-step instructions, click the link, or icon to download your copy today.  $14.99  The paperback version should be available just in time for Christmas.  Detailed instructions for tying Joe Mahler’s Straw Boss, Dave Johnson’s Petticoat Streamer, Pete Squibb’s Dirty Squibbster, Drei Stroman’s Crystal D, Bill Baldus’s Neon Knight, Nicholas Davis’s Lightsaber Pilchard, Steve Gibson’s DT Special variation, and my go to the Captiva Cannibal.

If you have questions or other topics in mind you would like explained, feel free to comment or send me an email.

Keep Your Wraps Tight & Feathers Straight!

-Drew

Pete Squibbs’ Dirty Squibbster Snook Fly

Posted by Drew Chicone On December 10th

Pete Squibbs Dirty Squibbster Pete Squibbs Dirty Squibbster Snook Fly

Because the waters along the beaches were so churned up and dirty, my normal light and bright patterns just didn’t seem to stand out. I was picking up snook occasionally, so I knew the snook were still in close to the beaches, but it seemed like they just weren’t able to pick the flies out in those water conditions. Using the Squibbster as a base, I began experimenting with various color combinations and materials to produce a fly that was more visible in ” muddy ” water.

My experience with spring steelhead fishing has shown gold/ yellow/ copper colors to be more productive. After a couple weeks of experimenting, I settled on tan as the contrasting color that appears to be visually stimulating to the fish in dirty water.

This is the third installment of  Snook Flies. To read the rest of the interview, and for the complete step-by-step instructions for tying this snook fly and 7 more,  download your copy of Snook Flies at www.saltyflytying.com.

The Dirty Squibbster Snook Fly Pete Squibbs Dirty Squibbster Snook Fly

 

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165  page downloadable pdf. is illustrated with ultra-hi resolution  step-by-step instructions, click the link, or icon to download your copy today.  $14.99  The paperback version should be available just in time for Christmas.  Detailed instructions for tying Joe Mahler’s Straw Boss, Dave Johnson’s Petticoat Streamer, Pete Squibb’s Dirty Squibbster, Drei Stroman’s Crystal D, Bill Baldus’s Neon Knight, Nicholas Davis’s Lightsaber Pilchard, Steve Gibson’s DT Special variation, and my go to the Captiva Cannibal.

If you have questions or other topics in mind you would like explained, feel free to comment or send me an email.

Keep Your Wraps Tight & Feathers Straight!

-Drew

Dave Johnson’s Petticoat Snook Fly

Posted by Drew Chicone On November 26th

Petticoat Streamer Snook Fly Dave Johnsons Petticoat Snook Fly

“Marabou has the most action in the water than of any other material I know of. When the marabou is placed and spread out in the loop, and twisted, (locked in the thread) then palmered forward, the marabou encompasses the body of the hook. That is the reason I call it the Petticoat streamer,” said Dave.
When pulled through still water or in moving water, the marabou tips move all around the hook and the profile of the fly looks like a bait fish. When the fly is stopped, the hook sinks down and the wing flares up. Because of the marabou is twisted in the loop, the fly is imparted with a lifelike action, yet the marabou does not foul. That is what makes the Petticoat Streamer so effective.

This is the second installment of  Snook Flies. To read the rest of the interview, and for the complete step-by-step instructions for tying this snook fly and 7 more,  download your copy of Snook Flies at www.saltyflytying.com.

Dave Johnsons Petticoat Streamer Dave Johnsons Petticoat Snook Fly

 

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165  page downloadable pdf. is illustrated with ultra-hi resolution  step-by-step instructions, click the link, or icon to download your copy today.  $14.99  The paperback version should be available just in time for Christmas.  Detailed instructions for tying Joe Mahler’s Straw Boss, Dave Johnson’s Petticoat Streamer, Pete Squibb’s Dirty Squibbster, Drei Stroman’s Crystal D, Bill Baldus’s Neon Knight, Nicholas Davis’s Lightsaber Pilchard, Steve Gibson’s DT Special variation, and my go to the Captiva Cannibal.

If you have questions or other topics in mind you would like explained, feel free to comment or send me an email.

Keep Your Wraps Tight & Feathers Straight !

-Drew

Joe Mahler’s Strawboss Snook Fly

Posted by Drew Chicone On November 12th

Strawboss Snook Fly Joe Mahlers Strawboss Snook Fly

In the past five years, the Straw boss has become my “Go-To Fly” for  Snook and everything from largemouth, smallmouth and peacock bass in freshwater, to redfish, tarpon and sea trout in the salt.

The pattern does take some patience and practice to tie, but with a fly that is intended to be fished slowly, the details become very important.

By using Finnish Raccoon or craft fur underneath and buck tail over the top, I believe that the fly gives off a varied action – one limber and one stiff. Buck tail comes in so many colors, the trick is finding the long straight fibers instead of the kinky type.

This is the first installment of  Snook Flies. To read the rest of the interview, and for the complete step-by-step instructions for tying this snook fly and 7 more,  download your copy of Snook Flies at www.saltyflytying.com.

Joe Mahlers Strawboss Joe Mahlers Strawboss Snook Fly

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165  page downloadable pdf. is illustrated with ultra-hi resolution  step-by-step instructions, click the link, or icon to download your copy today.  $14.99  The paperback version should be available just in time for Christmas.  Detailed instructions for tying Joe Mahler’s Straw Boss, Dave Johnson’s Petticoat Streamer, Pete Squibb’s Dirty Squibbster, Drei Stroman’s Crystal D, Bill Baldus’s Neon Knight, Nicholas Davis’s Lightsaber Pilchard, Steve Gibson’s DT Special variation, and my go to the Captiva Cannibal.

If you have questions or other topics in mind you would like explained, feel free to comment or send me an email.
Keep Your Wraps Tight & Feathers Straight

-Drew

Snook Flies eBook

Posted by Drew Chicone On October 29th

Snook Flies eBook Boxshot Snook Flies eBook

Each year is a little different, but typically around late April or early May the snook start their annual migration from the rivers, creeks and backwater estuaries to the gin clear water and sandy beaches to spawns.  The massive funnel of fish disband into small pods or strings of individuals and cruise up and down the shoreline in knee-deep water.   These ghost-like shadows drive angles crazy violently busting up rafts  glass minnows and white bait with reckless abandonment.

When the water is clear, Seeing 30-40” fish is a frequent occurrence,  and what used to be a private sight fishing oasis for the local has quickly become an addictive  destination location for adventure anglers world wide. May and June are prime fishing beach fishing times in South West Florida, and each year the number of fly-rodders increases exponentially. Some weakened warriors that seem to whip the water to a froth, others brilliantly talented casters and tyers from unknown providence.  Whatever the case, it seems inevitable that soon there will be more fisherman than swimmers and the once easy to catch, blissfully ignorant submarine sized snook, are now highly educated and extremely scrupulous. Over the last 10 seasons of chasing snook, I have honed my techniques and refined my selection of flies down to just the key essentials required for hoodwinking this exceedingly erudite fish.  The pattens presented have been rigorously tested and have a confirmed track-record for persuading copious numbers of scholarly snook.  This selection of flies will ensure you have the entire water column covered and give you the ability to “Match the Minnows” size and location in the water column, no matter where you are fishing.

Learn to tie Joe Mahler’s Straw Boss, Dave Johnson’s Petticoat Streamer, The Pete Squibb’s Dirty Squibbster, Drei Stroman’s Crystal D, Bill Baldus’s Neon Knight, Nick Davis’s Lightsaber Pilchard, Stive Gibson’s DT Special variation, and my go to the Captiva Cannibal.

Over the next few weeks I will give you the basics for 8 proven snook flies essential for beach fishing in clear water.  As always, you can stay tuned to this blog each week as I share pieces from my eBook, but for the complete 165  page downloadable pdf. of Snook Flies, illustrated with ultra-hi resolution  step-by-step instructions, click the link, or icon to download your copy today.  $14.99

If you have questions or other topics in mind you would like explained, feel free to comment or send me an email.

Keep Your Wraps Tight & Feathers Straight
-Drew

Feather Brain: Creating & Tying with Dubbing Brushes

Posted by Drew Chicone On September 30th

IMG 2263 Feather Brain: Creating & Tying with Dubbing Brushes

A dubbing brush is really just a customized pipe cleaner. Instead of a synthetic core like chenille, the two wires that make up the core sandwich a variety of different materials that can be palmered around the hook shank. By customizing your own brushes, you can match the other materials you are tying with exactly, as well as blend several colors, providing youwith more lifelike patterns

This is the thirteenth  installment of  Feather Brain by Drew Chicone. To read more about Creating and Tying with Dubbing Brushes, Visit my website Salty Fly Tying to order your signed copy of Feather Brain today!  $24.95 + Shipping

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