Saltwater Fly Designer Drew Chicone Debuts His New Fly Tying Book Feather Brain

After two years in the making, master fly tyer and creator of Drew Chicone has released his latest book Feather Brain: Developing, Testing, & Improving Saltwater Fly Patterns.


Fly Tying Book – Feather Brain by Drew Chicone
PRLog (Press Release) – Jul. 23, 2013 – FORT MYERS, Fla. — “After nearly two years of work, I am very happy to present Feather Brain – Developing, Testing, & Improving Saltwater Fly Patterns.” says Chicone.  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. Interviews with Fly Tying Masters like Eric Leiser, Johnny King, Bob Popovics, Chris Helm, and many more will give you a unique perspective as what factors led them to design their legendary pattens, and why they choose the materials they did and the techniques to apply them. It’s a lot to take in, but when you are done reading Feather Brian you will know how to analyze any saltwater fishing environment, selecting the right colors and materials and apply them using unique tips, tricks and techniques.

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Here’s what some of the industry pro’s are saying about it;

“Feather Brain will improve the craft of any serious or beginning fly tier.  It is superbly written; demonstrating advanced tying techniques and styles that will engender further creative concepts and designs.  Not only has Drew Chicone brought us up-to-date and even into the future of fly tying, he has graciously included many of the best flies of the leading pioneers – at little of the old and lots of the new.  I encourage anyone who ties flies to get a copy of this superb book.”  
-Dan Blanton, Casting Instructor, Lecturer, Fly Fishing Author & Outdoor Photographer.

The best instructional fly fishing and tying books spring from total obsession, andFeather Brain is part of that great tradition.  With scrupulous attention to detail and countless hours of experimenting behind him, the author gives us all an exhaustive lesson in the mechanics of fly design.  Whether you tie up any of the great patterns Drew illustrates, or use the many invaluable techniques he describes to create your own patterns, Feather Brain is a great roadmap for tying better looking and better performing saltwater flies.” 
– Jonny King, Fly Designer & Outdoor Writer

“In all aspects of fly-fishing, there are those who are good and then there are those who have the ability to takes things to the next level. Drew Chicone is somewhat of a mad scientist when he sits at the vise and with Feather Brain, he gives you the keys to his secret lab. The descriptions of why a certain material is used or how a specific technique is preformed are absolutely invaluable and provide a solid foundation for beginners to learn from and experienced tiers to build upon. Whether it’s tweaking a pretty good pattern to make it great, insight on reproducing proven flies or customizing a new pattern for a very specific situation, Chicone has it all covered in this must have book.” 
– John Frazier, Editor Fly Fishing in Salt Waters Magazine

“I am possibly the worst kind of fly tyer and Drew is at the complete opposite end of the scale. Oh I can tie, but for me it’s not a passionate endeavor like it is for Drew…”it’s his everything” like the old song says.  There are some guidelines in writing that you are supposed to follow; who, what, where, when and how, I believe is how it goes and these points are not missed in Feather Brain. I  found myself saying over and over again….”I didn’t know that, I didn’t know that!”  Even a quick thumb-through to check out the fly pictures and layout begs for another much slower trip through Drew’s world. I’m guessing to a beginner this is going to be a very unique read. To an old hand at fly tying, this is going to be somewhat of a fun religious experience….it’s a visit to the Vatican the way I see it! 

Buy this book and make sure you get Drew to sign it because it’s going to be a collectors item it’s first day out.” 
– Vaughn Cochran, Artist, Fly Fisherman, Conservationist & Owner of Black Fly

“WOW!!!!! Drew hit one out of the park with this one.  I have see many fly tying books in my time, but Feather Brain has taken it to the next level. Drew’s innovative tying techniques are original but why I really enjoy the book are the chapters on Fly design.  There is now doubt Drew sees things different than most of us. When it comes to the actual flies themselves, the detail he goes into describing the reasons for why he does what he does, everything from the choice of material, color, proper size, keeling and trimming to protection is incredibly thorough.   The result is a finished fly that just needs to be put in the right place, success is inevitable.” 
– Carter Andrews, Director of Fishing Islas Seacs

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About the Author
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
•   Fly & Light Tackle Angler Magazine
•   Front Range Angler Magazine
•   Saltwater Flies of the Southeast & Gulf Coast- Angelo Peluso

Drew’s other titles include Essential Bonefish Flies, Andros & Essential Permit Patterns. He is 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.

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