Author & Designer of Saltwater Flies, Drew Chicone, Joins the Daiichi Pro Staff



Drew Chicone, Saltwater Fly Designer, Author, Outdoor Writer, Materials Expert and creator of has joined the Daiichi Pro Staff. 


Bill Chase
Angler Sport Group, 
6619 Oak Orchard Rd., 
Elba, NY 14058 USA
PH: 585.757.9958 
Email: [email protected]

Elba, NY 14058 (September 27, 2013) “We are proud to have Drew Chicone as a member of our Pro Staff and an Ambassador for Daiichi Hooks,” said Bill Chase, of Angler Sport Group, a global distributor of Daiichi hooks and other premium fly fishing tackle, based here in the US.

“For the past decade, only guides, a few seasoned tiers and the occasional fly shop have known about Drew Chicone’s shockingly realistic and highly effective flies.  His pragmatic and scientific approach to pattern design has captured the attention of more than just die-hard fly tyers.   These days it’s difficult to open a magazine or surf the web without running into one of his articles, photos or patterns.  Since the debut of his book “Feather Brain”, Drew has become know as a creative pioneer and a materials expert in the world of saltwater fly tying. Drew’s dedication to perfection and innovation is in perfect alignment with the Daiichi brand.  We look forward to his input aimed at new product development and anxiously await more of his leading-edge techniques and unique saltwater fly patterns.” Bill Chase  

About Drew Chicone
Drew Chicone is a Fly Designer, Photographer, Author, Instructor, Lecturer and Materials Expert whose passion for the sport has led him to the salty waters of Southwest Florida.   He has lived and breathed the sport since he was tall enough to sit at the vise and his fly creations are both well known and in high demand among Florida guides.  Drew’s has been a FFF Certified Casting Instructor, and commercial fly tier for many years.  His patterns are sold in numerous fly shops and have appeared in several publications and online articles including:

•    Fly Fishing in Saltwater Magazine
•    Fly Fisherman Magazine
•    This is Fly Magazine
•    Hatches Magazine
•    Midcurrent Magazine 
•    Fly & Light Tackle Angler Magazine
•    Front Range Angler Magazine
•    Florida Sportsman Magazine
•    Saltwater Flies of the Southeast & Gulf Coast- Angelo Peluso

Drew partnered with Stackpole Books to publish his third book; Feather Brain – Developing, Testing & Improving Saltwater Fly Patterns. His other titles include Essential Bonefish Flies, Andros & Essential Permit Patterns. He is the creator of, a member of the Dyna-King Pro Tyer TeamClear Cure Goo Pro Tyer Team, an Ambassador for Nucanoe, as well as a Royalty Tyer for the Orvis Company

Drew is a member of the Tarpon and Bonefish Trust, and plays an active role in the preservation of local fisheries by donating his time to Mote Marine’s Snook and Tarpon research programs.  He enjoys instructing in person and on camera and has made several instructional videos.  He is known for his willingness to help fly tiers young and old improve their skills at the vise. Drew is an entertaining and knowledgeable presenter, with an animated sense of humor and a high-energy personality that draws in the audience. 

For more info on Drew or his latest works, please visit his website and blog at  For product reviews, tip, tricks and more, feel free to subscribe to the Monthly Newsletter The Salty Fly Tying Chronicle or join Salty Fly Tying on Facebook.

About Daiichi & The Angler Sport Group
Angler Sport Group is a USA based supplier of fly fishing tackle for sale around the world.

Founded in 1989, ASG is located in rural upstate New York between the cities of Buffalo and Rochester. This rich agricultural region lies in the Lake Ontario watershed. Lake Ontario is one of the five Great Lakes and a major U.S. sport fishery for trout, salmon, steelhead and small mouth bass.  ASG specializes in terminal tackle and accessories. Leading the way is our highly acclaimed line of Daiichi® fly hooks. 

Daiichi hooks are made from the finest hard carbon steel, which is then hardened and tempered to give the hook lasting strength and durability. Daiichi hooks use a 12-degree constant taper ground needlepoint. This eliminates irregularities in shape, assuring no weak spots, & gives amazing speed of penetration. Daiichi also chemically sharpens their hooks in a special bath that deburs their points. The result is an extremely good, extremely consistent.  Each hook is precision tooled “true” to the exact design of the eye, bend, gape & barb. Our barbs are an advanced “low profile” design that results in minimal weakness and less broken hooks and lost fish.  For more information please visit our website at or follow us on Facebook

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