Salty Fly Tying Debuts eBook: “Selecting Natural Materials”



Drew Chicone, Fly Designer, and creator of has released his eBook, “Selecting Natural Materials”, providing saltwater fly tyers insights for purchasing natural fly tying materials

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FT. MYERS, FLORIDA (September 24, 2012) “A frustration of mine is trying to learn a new pattern or tying technique without clear illustrations or instructions,” say Drew Chicone.  I subscribe to all kinds of fly tying magazines and have quite a few fly tying books, and I can’t tell you how many times I wish there was one more photo or I could have zoomed in on a picture.  I think that most of us would appreciate more than 5 or 6 1-inch photos to thoroughly explain how to get from point A to point Z.  That is one of the main reasons for the ultra close up shots and hi res photography, and excessive number of photos used to illuminate the ideas and techniques found in my latest ebook “Selecting Natural Materials”.  

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“Before the apocalyptic onslaught of synthetic materials inundated the craft of fly tying, natural supplies like Fur, Hair and Feathers comprised the bulk of constituents used in create the vast majority of popular patterns. Three of the most fundamental fly tying components used for saltwater patterns are Feathers, Bucktail, and Rabbit Zonker Strips. Alone and in concert, these three elements are used to create countless fly patterns. They are easily accessible and can be found in an assortment of natural or dyed colors to work with. These basic materials are a must for all saltwater fly tiers. However, not all natural materials are the same, and there are a few things to look for and a several to avoid when shopping.”   

The public can also access Chicone’s  Blog,  monthly newsletters “The Salty Fly Tying Chronicle“, and earlier eBooks such as “Feathers- Tip’s, Trick’s & Common Mistakes” by visiting www.saltyflytying.comFollow SaltyFlyTying on Facebook or Twitter

About Drew Chicone
Andrew “Drew” Chicone is a Fly Designer, Photographer, Author, Instructor 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, This is Fly Magazine, and Angelo Peluso’s newest book Saltwater Flies of the Southeast and Gulf Coast. Recently Drew has partnered with Stackpole Books to publish his latest work Feather Brain – How to design better saltwater flies.

Drew is the Vice President of the Sanibel Fly Fishers, as well as 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.

His goal for the site is to create a vehicle for sharing ideas on saltwater pattern development as well as a clear, easy to follow educational resource for tyers of all skill levels. Drew’s focus is directed toward developing new saltwater fly patterns, and learning how to correct or improve the flies that just don’t seem to act right in the water.  

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