Some of you readers might remember seeing something on the FlyMasters website a few weeks back about Drew Chicone from Fort Meyers. Drew was brought up to Indy to do a presentation for the Indianapolis Fly Casters but dropped into the shop for a couple of hours in the afternoon before his presentation. I was very impressed by not only the flies that Drew tied but his techniques and skill at the vise. But this post is not about his visit as much as his fly tying web site Salty Fly Tying.
Whether you are a beginner or experienced freshwater or saltwater fisherman (or woman) you should take a look at Salty Fly Tying. Drew has a very nice newsletter you can sign up for and when you do you can download his ebook Feathers – tips, Tricks and Common Mistakes. This is definitely worth the read especially if you are a bass fly tier and having issues managing the hackles you use in your flies.
He also has another ebook you can purchase called Essential Permit Patterns. On top of that he has a new book coming out soon called Feather Brain – How to design better saltwater flies which you can pre-order. This is a guy who loves fly tying and loves to share what he knows.
Drew also maintains a blog called Salty Fly Tying where he posts information on a more regular basis. You can also follow Salty Fly Tying on Facebook if you the extreme social type. Many of the flies are focused on saltier water targets but there are a number that can be adapted to create some killer smallmouth, pike and Musky patterns.
Clearly, Drew has it going on and enjoys what he does. I look forward to his book and trying some these flies on the smallies around Indiana this summer.