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Feather Brain: Durability, Castability, and Fishability

Posted by Drew Chicone On July 15th

Yak Hair Sailfish Tube Flies

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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Essential Permit Patterns

Posted by Drew Chicone On March 28th

 

Over the past few weeks I have given you the basics on the 5 must have pattens for chasing Permit a.k.a “The Black Fin Devils” on fly.  Simply click on the link or icon above to download the 100 page pdf. of Essential Permit Patterns, illustrated with ultra-hi resolution  step-by-step instructions.  $14.99

 

Otherwise, read on and I’ll recap all of the material covered.

  1. The Rag Head Crab
  2. The Kung Fu Crab
  3. The McCrab
  4. The Bottle Cap Crab
  5. The Inverted Merkin

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, and 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 Inverted Merkin Crab

Posted by Drew Chicone On March 21st

 

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This is the fifth installment of Essential Permit Patterns The complete step-by-step instructions for tying this pattern can be downloaded from www.saltyflytying.com

Materials

Hook: Diiachi 2546 or Similar Saltwater Hook

Thread: Lagartun X Strong 95 Denier – Beige

Tail: 6-7″ Woolly Bugger Saddle Hackle Variant

Eyes: 5/32 Dumbbell – Silver Large

Body: Tan EP Fiber, Antron Yarn, or Similar Synthetic

Legs: Sand Loco Legs Knotted

Misc.: Krystal Flash – Bonefish Tan

Adhesive: Clear Cure Goo Hydro

 

5 flies that must be in your box for chasing Permit, a.k.a “The Black Fin Devils”- 100 page downloadable pdf. of Essential Permit Patterns, illustrated with ultra-hi resolution step-by-step instructions.

The Bottle Cap Crab

Posted by Drew Chicone On March 14th

 

This is the forth This installment of Essential Permit Patterns The complete step-by-step instructions for tying this pattern can be downloaded from www.saltyflytying.com

 

Materials

Hook: Daiichi 2546 size 2

Thread: Tan Lagartun 95 Denier

Legs: Floating Fly Line Knotted

Eyes: Large EP Crustacean Eyes or Burt Mono Eyes

Misc: One Beer Bottle Cap

 

5 flies that must be in your box for chasing Permit, a.k.a “The Black Fin Devils”- 100 page downloadable pdf. of Essential Permit Patterns, illustrated with ultra-hi resolution step-by-step instructions.

The McCrab

Posted by Drew Chicone On March 7th

This is the third installment of Essential Permit Patterns The complete step-by-step instructions for tying this pattern can be downloaded from www.saltyflytying.com

Materials

Hook: Diiachi 2546 or Similar Saltwater Hook

Thread: Lagartun X Strong 95 Denier – Beige

Tail: 6-7″ Woolly Bugger Saddle Hackle Variant

Eyes: 5/32 Dumbbell – Silver Large

Ep Crab & Shrimp Eyes – Black

Body: Deer or Antelope Body Hair – Natural

Fabric Puff Paint – Adobe or Sand

Legs: Rubber bands Knotted

Misc.: Krystal Flash – Bonefish Tan

Adhesive: Clear Cure Goo Hydro

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5 flies that must be in your box for chasing Permit, a.k.a “The Black Fin Devils”- 100 page downloadable pdf. of Essential Permit Patterns, illustrated with ultra-hi resolution step-by-step instructions.

The Kung Fu Crab

Posted by Drew Chicone On February 28th

 

This is the second installment of Essential Permit Patterns The complete step-by-step instructions for tying this pattern can be downloaded from www.saltyflytying.com

 

Materials

Hook: Diiachi 2546 or Similar Saltwater Hook

Thread: Lagartun X Strong 95 Denier – Beige

Tail: 6-7″ Woolly Bugger Saddle Hackle Variant

Eyes: 5/32 Dumbbell – Silver Large

Large plastic dumbbell

Head: Dyed Pearl Diamond Braid Fl. Shrimp Pink

Claws: Cream Magnum Cut Rabbit Zonker Strip

Body: Tan Ep Fiber

Legs: Olive Loco Legs

Misc.: Krystal Flash – Bonefish Tan

Adhesive: Clear Cure Goo Hydro & Flex

 

5 flies that must be in your box for chasing Permit, a.k.a “The Black Fin Devils”- 100 page downloadable pdf. of Essential Permit Patterns, illustrated with ultra-hi resolution step-by-step instructions.

The Rag Head Crab

Posted by Drew Chicone On February 21st

This is the first installment of Essential Permit Patterns The complete step-by-step instructions for tying this pattern can be downloaded from www.saltyflytying.com

 

Materials

Hook: Diiachi 2546 or Similar Saltwater Hook

Thread: Chartreuse 210 Denier flat-waxed Nylon

Tail: 6-7″ Woolly Bugger Saddle Hackle Variant

Eyes: 5/32 Dumbbell – Yellow

Body: Tan Felt

Legs: White Round Rubber Legs

Misc.: Krystal Flash – Bonefish Tan

Adhesive: Clear Cure Goo Hydro & E6000

 

5 flies that must be in your box for chasing Permit, a.k.a “The Black Fin Devils”- 100 page downloadable pdf. of Essential Permit Patterns, illustrated with ultra-hi resolution step-by-step instructions.

 

Essential Permit Patterns

Posted by Drew Chicone On February 14th

If you have ever tried to catch a permit on fly you are acutely aware that the deck is stacked against you. The notorious crustacean crunchers are nefariously critical of any crab-like offering and this is one of the reasons there are thousands of crab fly patterns existing today. In an effort to narrow the search and increase your success rate, here are step-by-step tying instructions for the Kung Fu Crab, Rag Head Crab, Inverted Merkin Crab, Bottle Cap Crab, and the McCrab.

Over the next few weeks I will give you the basics on the 5 must have pattens for chasing Permit a.k.a “The Black Fin Devils” on fly.  As always, you can stay tuned to this blog each week as I share pieces from my eBook, but for the complete 100 page downloadable pdf. of Essential Permit Patterns, 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