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Feather Brain: UV Reflective & Reactive Materials

Posted by Drew Chicone On July 29th

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I seems like every time you go to buy fly tying materials there are more and more materials on the shelves with the letters “UV” somewhere on the label.  Over the last few year, I have spent a lot of time researching ultraviolet (UV) materials and the hubbub surrounding them.  Experimenting with my war chest of materials both at the bench and on the flats I have made some pretty interesting discoveries in relationship to a materials visibility underwater.

This is the fifth  installment of  Feather Brain by Drew Chicone. To read more about UV Reflective and Reactive Materials ,Visit my website Salty Fly Tying to order your signed copy of Feather Brain today!  $24.95 + Shipping

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Feather Brain: Overlooked Aspects of Fly Design

Posted by Drew Chicone On July 22nd

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The most fundamental components of a fly, like the hook or the thread, often play the most significant role in determining its ability to catch fish. Overlooking or underestimating the importance of selecting these basic items may not be aesthetically critical, but all it takes is one missed opportunity or losing the fish of a lifetime and you may change your mind.

This is the forth installment of  Feather Brain by Drew Chicone. To read more about Overlooked Aspects of Fly Design,Visit my website Salty Fly Tying to order your signed copy of Feather Brain today!  $24.95 + Shipping

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Feather Brain: Durability, Castability, and Fishability

Posted by Drew Chicone On July 15th

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I admit over the last 20+ years, I have created some really scary  flies that cast like trash can lids or disintegrate with the first round of false casts, but that’s how you learn. Spot-on realistic flies and extremely delicate shadow-box flies that will never touch the water have their place, but if your aim is to wrestle fish, then you need to take a few more things into consideration.  I like to start with ” The 3 Abilities  I thing all flies should have; Durability, Castability and Fishabiility”

This is the second installment of  Feather Brain by Drew Chicone. To read more about Developing, Testing, & Improving Saltwater Fly Patterns,Visit my website Salty Fly Tying to order your signed copy  of  Feather Brain today!  $24.95 + Shipping

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Feather Brain: Designing A New Pattern

Posted by Drew Chicone On July 8th

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Although there are how-to’s for my favorite patterns, my goal is not only to teach you how to tie a particular fly, but rather to explain how to create new productive flies and the reasons why one material may work better in a given situation than another. If you understand why historically productive patterns work so well, it will help you design flies that look cool and catch fish too. My process starts with the fish!

This is the first installment of  Feather Brain by Drew Chicone. To read more about Developing, Testing, & Improving Saltwater Fly Patterns,Visit my website Salty Fly Tying to order your signed copy of Feather Brain today!  $24.95 + Shipping

What are they eating ?

Analyzing feeding behavior by asking myself a few questions has shaped the way I create flies. Most of the time each question has multiple possible answers, and maybe there is no way of knowing the exact answer. However, after working through these questions, I have a pretty good idea of what types of materials I need to be lashing to the hook and what kind of hook I need to use as a foundation.

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Feather Brain by Drew Chicone

After nearly two years of work, I am very happy to say  that  my latest book Feather Brain  – Developing, Testing, & Improving Saltwater Fly Patterns will debut in 30 days!

The concept of this book is how to create saltwater fly patterns and the thought process that takes place to do so, not necessarily a how to tie this fly or that fly tutorial.  Its meant to be a deep dive into “why” you should choose a given material or technique for creating custom patterns for constantly changing fishing situations and conditions.  My goal is to shine a light on all the factors that must be consider to create saltwater flies that do more than look good on a website.

Visit my website Salty Fly Tying to order your signed copy today!  $24.95 + Shipping

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