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Selecting Natural Materials

Posted by Drew Chicone On December 27th

Before the apocalyptic onslaught of synthetic materials inundated the craft of fly tying, natural supplies like Fur, Hair and Feathers comprised the bulk of    constituents used in create the vast majority of popular patterns. Three of the most fundamental fly tying components used for saltwater patterns are Feathers, Bucktail, and Rabbit Zonker Strips. Alone and in concert, these three elements are used to create countless fly patterns. They are easily accessible and can be found in an assortment of natural or dyed colors to work with. These basic materials are a must for all saltwater fly tiers. However, not all natural materials are the same, and there are a few things to look for and a several to avoid when shopping.

Over the next few weeks I will give some tips on what to look for & avoid when selecting hair, fur & feathers.  As always, you can stay tuned to this blog each week as I share pieces from my eBook, but for the complete Deep Dive in to What To Look For & Avoid When Selecting Hair, Fur & Feathers click the link, or icon to your right and download today for $7.99.

 

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

 

-35 page downloadable pdf. illustrated

with ultra-hi resolution images.

 

Feathers- Tip’s, Trick’s, & Common Mistakes

Posted by Drew Chicone On December 20th

Over the past few months, I’ve  given you Tip’s and Trick’s from my latest eBook called Feathers- Tip’s, Trick’s, & Common Mistakes. Simply click the icon above if you’d like to download your free copy. Otherwise, read on and I’ll recap all of the material covered.

  1. Flatten Your Thread
  2. If You’re Going To Trim…Leave A Little 
  3. Gaps Are No Good
  4. A Little Glue Goes A Long Way
  5. Start With A Bump
  6. Up is Down & Down is UP
  7.  Applying Pressure
  8.  Mismatched Mistakes
  9.  More Mismatched Mistakes 
  10.  Know Your Birds Curves
  11.  Tented, Splayed, & Married

 

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

For a deep dive into the world of saltwater pattern development, look for my new book Feather Brain – How to design better saltwater flies coming next August. You can Pre Order a copy by clicking here.

Thanks for reading!

~Drew

Tented, Spalyed, & Married

Posted by Drew Chicone On December 13th

 

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

Married Hackles – Feather Curve Together

“Marrying the hackles” refers to placing the concave or undersides of the feathers together.  Another common term for this technique is “Praying Hands.”  When wet, all the feathers come together and look as one. This technique is often used on classic patterns such as Lefty’s Deceiver or Stu Apte’s Apte II.

 

Splayed Hackles – Feather Curve Apart

The opposite of praying hands is splayed hackle.  This means that the feathers are lined up at the tips and tied onto the hook so the convex sides of the feathers are facing each other.  When wet the 2 pairs of feathers separate and appear to “kick” when stripped. This technique is often used for crab claws or on Keys Style Tarpon Flies.

 

 

 

Tented Hackles – Feather Curve Together But Open At Bottom

Tented hackles are married hackles that are slightly opened at the bottom and touching at the top, to create tent shape.   This technique is often used to emulate the V shaped back of a baitfish. When wet, the two pairs of hackles swim as one, and create a wider more cylindrical-shaped profile.  Johnny King uses this technique when tying his Kinky Muddler patterns.

 

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

 

 

Know Your Birds Curves

Posted by Drew Chicone On December 6th

 

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

Feathers Will Curve to Follow the Contour of the Bird

 If you hold the cape in your hands skin down, you will notice that the feathers naturally curve to follow the bird’s body. Feathers around the sides of the cape will typically have more curvature than the ones in the middle of the cape and the majority will curve in one of two directions.

 

Feather Typically Have a Slight Curve In 2 Directions

Feathers from the far left side of the cape will curve or cup down and to the left and the opposite is true for the right side of the cape.  If you are marrying the two pairs of feathers, you want to pick feathers from the left side of the cape that curve to the left for your pair closest to you, and feathers from the right side of the cape that curve right for the far pair.  That way both pairs of feathers will curve slightly downward when married together.


 

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