Drew Chicone Wins 2014 IFTA Iron Fly Competition



Fly Designer, Author, Award Winning Writer, and Dyna-King, Inc. Professional Fly Tying Team Member Drew Chicone is Crowned 2014 IFTA Iron Fly Champion. 

MEDIA CONTACT: Shannon Langevin
Dyna-King, Inc.
597 Santana Drive, Suite A
Cloverdale, CA 95425
email: [email protected]

CLOVERDALE, CA 95425 (August 1st, 2014) Each year the Iron Fly competition is held at the ICast/IFTD show in Orlando. Professional Tyers and Industry Pro’s are lined up at one long bench, and each are given an identical bag of materials, vise, and tools with which to work.  Each tyer chooses their preferred style of hook, and similar to the TV Show “Iron Chef”, a secrete ingredient (in this case material) is revealed. This mystery material must be used in each tyers creation, and the tyers are judged on their technical skill, creativity and ability to integrate the material in to a functional fly for fishing.  

The high-powered panel of judges included industry legends Bob Popovics, Bob Clourser, Nick Curcione, Ben Furimsky, and Bill Black.  Two semi-finalists are chosen after the round to tie off in a pressure charged final.   This year Drew Chicone emerged victoriously by unanimous decision. 

“I would like to congratulate Drew on behalf of everyone here at Dyna-King for his win of the 2014 Iron Fly Competition” said Shannon Langevin, CFO at Dyna-King, Inc. “It just goes to show that his talent and ingenuity as a fly tyer is among the best in the industry.  We are proud and excited to have him on our team, and we look forward to his future endeavors”. 

About Drew Chicone
Drew Chicone is an Author, Award Winning Outdoor Writer, Fly Designer, IFTD Iron Fly Champion, Photographer, Lecturer, and Materials Expert whose passion for teaching the art of fly tying has inspired numerous how to articles and detailed instructional guides. 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 saltwater guides. Drew 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:

·       Southern Culture on Fly
·       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 fifth book; Feather Brain – Developing, Testing & Improving Saltwater Fly Patterns. His other titles include Redfish Flies, Snook Flies, Essential Bonefish Flies – Andros, and Essential Permit Patterns. He is the winner of the 2014 IFTD Iron Fly and the creator of www.saltyflytying.com. Drew is a member of Outdoor Writers Association of America, the Puglisi Flies Pro Tying Team, Dyna-King Pro Tyer Team, Daiichi Pro Staff, Clear Cure Goo Pro Tyer Team, an Ambassador for Nucanoe, as well as a Royalty Tyer for the Orvis Company.

For more info on Drew or his latest works, visit his website and blog at www.saltyflyting.com. 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 Dyna-King, Inc.
Family owned and operated in California for over 30 years. The Dyna-King vises were designed with professional and commercial tyers in mind. Known throughout the industry as “the vise that holds,” Dyna-King vises will accommodate hook sizes from 24 up to 8/0 without adjustments.

Customer satisfaction is our first priority. Our products are handcrafted in the USA to precise tolerances, using quality materials machined to the highest standards.  We truly believe we create the World’s Finest Hand-Crafted Fly Tying Vises and Accessories, and we make them here in the USA.

For more information please visit our website at www.dyna-king.com or follow us on Facebook.

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