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Fly Tying Tips – Thread Control

Posted by Drew Chicone On March 3rd

Fly Tying Tips

 This is the Fifth installment of  Feathers – Tip’s, Trick’s & Common Mistakes, which can be downloaded FREE from www.saltyflytying.com

Cinch Down Buy Pulling UP

The direction and amount of thread pressure applied is very important when it comes to controlling the material and achieving  the desired result.  By pulling UP, you are applying pressure on the bottom of the hook shank and pinching the thread against  the underside of the of the hook.

 

Feathers are Pinch in the Direction You Apply Pressure

This results in forcing the feather to be pushed up and secured tightly on the top of the hook, instead of rolling them to the far side of the hook.    You can see that the the sides and bottom of the hook are clearly exposed, the feather did not shift or roll at all.

 

 

 

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Keep Your Wraps Tight & Feathers Straight

-Drew

 

 

 

Fly Tying Tips – Working with Feathers

Posted by Drew Chicone On February 17th

Fly Tying Tips

 This is the Forth installment of  Feathers – Tip’s, Trick’s & Common Mistakes, which can be downloaded FREE from www.saltyflytying.com

A Thread Bump Will Help Splay Feathers

If you are tying a fly with splayed hackles (like a Classic Keys Tarpon Pattern), start the thread on the hook and create a small bump of thread.  Flattening the thread and then making several consecutive wraps on top of each other will do this.   The bump will help separate the feathers.

2 Loose Wraps

Match the tips of each pair first, then match up the two pairs to one another and tie in all four at the same time.   To secure the feathers, start with two loose wraps around the feathers and then cinch down the feathers buy pulling your thread UP.  More fly tying tips on working with feathers in future posts…

 

 

 

Download my free eBook by clicking the icon to your right to read the rest of my Fly Tying Tips, Trick’s & Common Mistakes.

Keep Your Wraps Tight & Feathers Straight

-Drew

 

 

 

Fly Tying Tips – Working with Feathers

Posted by Drew Chicone On February 3rd

Fly Tying Tips

This is the Forth installment of  Feathers – Tip’s, Trick’s & Common Mistakes, which can be downloaded FREE from www.saltyflytying.com

Use a Small Amount of Glue for Extra Stability

Once you have the tips of your feathers lined up you can apply a small amount of glue to keep them from moving when you are tying them in.  The glue will also help keep the feathers from rolling and on top of the hook and as you secure them.  However, some types of glue become very hard and brittle and tend to glob up your flies, so test a few and see which one works best for you.  If you are going to use any kind of quick drying glue’s (like super glue) it is easier to lay down a thread base and paint a small amount of glue directly on the thread where the feathers will be tied in.  This technique works well, but requires you to work quickly.

 

Download my free eBook by clicking the icon to your right to read the rest of my fly tying tips, trick’s & common mistakes.

Keep Your Wraps Tight & Feathers Straight

-Drew

 

 

 

 

Fly Tying Tips – Working with Feathers 2

Posted by Drew Chicone On January 20th

 Fly Tying Tips

 This is the third installment of  Feathers – Tip’s, Trick’s & Common Mistakes, which can be downloaded FREE from www.saltyflytying.com

Do Not Create a Gap Between Barbs

Often times it is advised to create a small gap or opening between the barbs for a clean tie in point, but I do not advise this technique.  Even stroking back a few of the barbules to create a small gap can cause problems.

 

Make Warps On Top of Folded Back Barbs

Your best bet is to fold back all the barbules, and make your wraps on top.  Even though they are slender, the extra bulk will help to fill in all the tiny gaps and make the bundle more stable.   Think of barbs like filler that can be compressed against the hook for added stability.

 

 

Download my free eBook by clicking the icon to your right to read the rest of my fly tying tips, trick’s & common mistakes.

Keep Your Wraps Tight & Feathers Straight

-Drew

 

 

 

 

 

Fly Tying Tips & Tricks – Working with Feathers

Posted by Drew Chicone On January 6th

 Fly Tying Tips

This is the second installment of  Feathers – Tip’s, Trick’s & Common Mistakes, which can be downloaded FREE from www.saltyflytying.com

If you are using really webbie feathers, you can trim a section of the quill, but make sure you leave some of the barbs attached to the stem of the feather. Although there is not a large volume of bars left attached, this added width will provide more surface area and help to keep the feather from sliding out of place or spinning when thread pressure is applied.

Often, beginners will strip away a section of barbs from the quill in order to make it easier to see their wraps when tying in a single or multiple feathers.  This exposes the bare quill or Richis of the feather.  Depending on what type of feather is being used, the round or triangular quill of the feather is cinched down against other round feathers and a round surface of the hook and you guessed it… the feathers roll every which way.  Keeping those barbules on the quill is crucial to securing the feathers in the position they were intended.

 

Download my free eBook by clicking the icon to your right to read the rest of my fly tying tips, trick’s & common mistakes.

Keep Your Wraps Tight & Feathers Straight

-Drew

 

 

Fly Tying Tips & Tricks – Fly Tying Thread

Posted by Drew Chicone On December 22nd

This is the first installment of  Feathers – Tip’s, Trick’s & Common Mistakes, which can be downloaded FREE from www.saltyflytying.com

 

Flatten Your Thread

First and foremost, when you are working with feathers, you need to make sure your thread is flat!  Fly tying thread is made up of multiple filaments or fibers that are twisted together.   There are situations for using a tightly twisted or compressed thread, but this is definitely not one of them.

Compressed Thread

If you are a right-handed tier, with each wrap you are twisting the thread, and eventually it becomes round like a rope.  For right-handed tiers, spinning the bobbin to the left will untwist it and cause the thread fibers to lay flat. Flattened thread has more surface area and is more efficient at gathering and locking materials in place. After every few wraps you make and before you add any new materials, it is very important that you spin your bobbin until your thread is flat.

 

Download my free eBook by clicking the icon to your right to read the rest of my tip’s, trick’s & common mistakes.

Keep Your Wraps Tight & Feathers Straight

-Drew

 

 

 

 

Feathers – Fly Tying Tips, Tricks & Common Mistakes

Posted by Drew Chicone On December 10th

Hey there!

Drew Chicone here.  Welcome to the Salty Fly Tying Blog!

My goal for this Blog is to share ideas related to saltwater pattern development, help you create more effective saltwater flies, and ultimately catch more fish.

After teaching fly tying for several years, I have come to the realization that feathers cause more confusion and frustration than any other material. For both beginning fly tiers and seasoned pros alike, keeping them secured strait and even on the hook is a onerous chore that can suck the fun right out of fly tying.

That being said, I figured it was a good place to start.  Over the next few weeks I will do my best to explain the in’s and out’s of working with feathers and essential techniques needed to keep saddles from rolling.  As always, you can stay tuned to this blog over the coming weeks as I share each of the tips from my eBook, or you can simply click the icon to your right and download it for free, today.

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

-Drew

Recapping Redfish Flies by Drew Chicone

Posted by Drew Chicone On November 26th

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Over the past few weeks I have given you the basics on the 8 proven pattens from my latest book “Redfish Flies”.  Simply click on the link or icon above to download the 175 page pdf. of “Redfish Flies“, illustrated with ultra-hi resolution step-by-step instructions for $14.99 or head over to www.saltyflytying.com to  order your signed paperback version for $24.99.

The eight pattens outlined in Redfish Flies have been fine-tuned and rigorously tested on countless grass flats, oyster bars and mangrove shorelines.  Tying and stocking your box with this proven assortment of flies will ensure you have the ammunition need to coax even the most refined redfish, and the insight provided in the interviews of the contributing guides and tying guru’s will help you understand what factors need to be consider to create your own productive redfish flies.

Otherwise, read on and I’ll recap all of the material covered in the past post from “Redfish Flies”.

  1. The Kung Fu Blue Crab – Redfish Flies
  2. The Fiddle Sticks Crab – Redfish Flies
  3. The Pine Island Ice Tea – Redfish Flies
  4. The Buddagrassy Shrimp – Redfish Flies
  5. The Rump Shaker – Redfish Flies
  6. The Grass Monkey – Redfish Flies
  7. The Gulf Shrimp – Redfish Flies
  8. The Batman – Redfish Flies

For more information on how  you can improve your own saltwater fly patterns check out my website www.saltyflytying.com or;

August 2014 Salty Fly Tying Chronicle

 

For a deep dive into the world of saltwater pattern development, pick up a copy of  Feather Brain – Developing, Testing, & Improving Saltwater Fly Patterns.” 

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Thanks for reading, and if you have questions or other topics in mind you would like explained, feel free to comment or send me an email – drew@saltyflytying.com.

Keep Your Wraps Tight & Feathers Straight

-Drew

 

The Batman – Redfish Flies

Posted by Drew Chicone On November 13th

Pattern by Don Reed

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Has the pattern evolved or changed any over time (Materials, Tying Techniques etc.)?

The fly has remained basically the same over the years as I tie the fly. But like any good pattern, different variations have come along from other tiers. I have seen monofilament threaded through the claws to stiffen them, tailing added making it more of a slider, and many other improvements or changes for specific applications. My only change has been the addition of an orange “egg sac” of Finnish Raccoon around the tailing flash.

This is the ninth installment of  Redfish Flies. To read the rest of the interview, and for the complete step-by-step instructions for tying this redfish fly and 7 more,  download your copy of Redfish Flies at www.saltyflytying.com $14.99 or order your Signed Paperback version today ! $24.99 + Shipping.

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In your opinion what makes the pattern so effective?

In my opinion the fly has remained so effective over the years is that it mimics many different crabs and other crustaceans, is easy to tie, easy to cast and fish, and it produces.

 

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This 175 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  Or order your signed paperback version at saltyflytying.com $24.99.  Detailed instructions for tying Drew Chicone’s Kung Fu Blue Crab, Capt. Ron Ratliff’s Fiddle Sticks Crab, Capt. Daniel Andrews’s Pine Island Ice Tea, Drei Stroman’s Budagrassy Shrimp, Chris Kincaid’s Rump Shaker, Capt. Joe Costadura’s Grass Monkey, Bill Laminack’s Gulf Shrimp, and Don Reed’s Batman pattern.

 

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

 

 

The Gulf Shrimp – Redfish Flies

Posted by Drew Chicone On October 30th

Pattern by Bill Laminack

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Why did you choose the materials you did and the techniques to apply them?

Most of the materials choice was based on trying to achieve the most realistic appearance possible. Applying Epoxy over Monofilament as a base creates the perfect translucent appearance that matches live shrimp quite closely. Applying a little bit of appropriate colored marker over the monofilament bleeds in and creates nice life like blends of colors. The antennae and some of mouth parts are created from Kanekalon or Yak Hair. These materials are readily available, durable and cheap. The original eyes are made from 11/0 Glass Beads from Craft stores and coated in epoxy, much like many other crab and shrimp patterns.   The EP Shrimp eyes will work if you do not have the time or materials to create your own.

This is the eighth installment of  Redfish Flies. To read the rest of the interview, and for the complete step-by-step instructions for tying this redfish fly and 7 more,  download your copy of Redfish Flies at www.saltyflytying.com $14.99 or order your Signed Paperback version today ! $24.99 + Shipping.

 

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In your opinion what makes the pattern so effective?

A relatively slow sink rate with a hook riding up allows you to fish the fly over grass flats that are 2′ or more. This allows you to present a very accurate shrimp fly in to the exact places where redfish are looking for shrimp and crabs. The sight of a shrimp popping over the tops of sea grass is just something that few redfish can resist.

 

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This 175 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  Or order your signed paperback version at saltyflytying.com $24.99.  Detailed instructions for tying Drew Chicone’s Kung Fu Blue Crab, Capt. Ron Ratliff’s Fiddle Sticks Crab, Capt. Daniel Andrews’s Pine Island Ice Tea, Drei Stroman’s Budagrassy Shrimp, Chris Kincaid’s Rump Shaker, Capt. Joe Costadura’s Grass Monkey, Bill Laminack’s Gulf Shrimp, and Don Reed’s Batman pattern.

 

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