Salty Fly Tying - A Fly Tying Blog

Salty Fly Tying

A Fly Tying Blog

Drew Chicone

Drew Chicone is an author, award-winning outdoor writer & fly designer, photographer, lecturer, and materials expert, whose passion for teaching the art of fly tying has inspired numerous how-to articles, books 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 well known and in high demand among saltwater anglers and guides across the globe.

Drew has been a FFF Certified Casting Instructor, and commercial fly tier for more than a decade. He is a designer for Umpqua Feather Merchants and is patterns are sold in quality fly shops and have appeared in over 70 US and international publications. He is the winner of the 2016 and 2017 International Fly Tackle Dealer Best in Show Saltwater Fly Pattern Award, as well as the 2014 I.F.T.D Iron Fly.

At the beginning 2018 Drew partnered with Wild River Press books to publish 3 new titles; “Top Saltwater Flies – Bonefish”,  “Top Saltwater Flies – Tarpon” and “Top Saltwater Flies – Permit” It’s the largest tying-instruction series on the subject ever published. The hardcover set is available for sale at  Other Chicone titles include Largemouth Bass Flies (2018), Baby Tarpon Flies (2017), Redfish Flies (2014), Snook Flies (2013), Feather Brain: Developing, Testing, Improving Saltwater Fly Patterns (2013, Essential Bonefish Flies: Andros (2013) and Essential Permit Patterns (2013).

In addition to his ongoing work as an educator, Drew ties premium saltwater flies for sale through his company Salty Fly Tying. He is the co-founder of Strip Strike University and frequently hosts destination schools and fishing adventures anywhere saltwater species swim. Drew is a Ambassador for the American Museum of Fly Fishing, Patagonia, G Loomis, Mustad  Dyna King, Bote Paddle Boards, Loon Outdoors, and holds pro staff positions for Nautilus Reels, Airflo and as well as many other premium fly fishing manufacturers. 

For more information about Drew, his latest works and hosted trips, visit or follow him @drchicone on Instagram. Chicone lives in Fort Myers, Florida with his wife, Susan, and their daughter Lucy.