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Archive for December, 2014

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


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.


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Keep Your Wraps Tight & Feathers Straight






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.