About 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. His patterns are sold in quality fly shops and have appeared in US and international publications such as: Fly Tyer Magazine, Fly Fisherman Magazine, and The Drake to name a few. More Articles & Appearances
In 2012, Drew partnered with Stackpole books to publish; "Feather Brain - Developing, Testing & Improving Saltwater Fly Patterns." Other Chicone titles include; "Redfish Flies", "Snook Flies", "Essential Bonefish Flies – Andros", and "Essential Permit Patterns".
He is the winner of the 2016 IFTD Best in Show, Salt Water Fly Pattern award, and the 2014 IFTD Iron Fly.
Drew is the creator of Salty Fly Tying, co-creator of Strip Strike University (www.stripstrikeuniversity.com), a contributing writer for Patagonia, and a member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America. He is an ambassador and member of numerous pro teams including Bote, Dyna-King, Nautilus, G Loomis, Whiting Farms, Mustad, Loon and several more.
Drew is a popular speaker and frequently host’s destination schools/fishing adventures anywhere saltwater species can be found. For more info on Drew, his latest works and schools, visit his blog at blog.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, Twitter, Pinterest, or Instagram.
What people are saying about Drew Chicone...
I've watched Drew teach youngsters and seniors to tie flies, a process requiring much patience, without losing his calm poise and friendly manner.
Author of The Complete Book of Fly Tying
Chicone has given new life to the art of salt water fly tying. His demonstrations are entertaining, concise and memorable. His original patterns are truly ground-breaking.
Author of Essential Knots & Rigs for Salt Water
Drew’s knowledge of the sport is detailed and extensive. In addition, he is innovative and highly talented in the art of designing and tying flies.
- Norm Zeigler
Author of Snook On A Fly
For someone who has never done this before I could see how this could be overwhelming, but Drew keeps it simple and easy to learn. Drew has gift for teaching !
He is able to teach tricks of the trade that he has learned from his many years of experience that help overcome some of the more challenging parts of the craft. I cannot say enough about the impact Drew has had on the quality of the flies that I am able to tie.
-Brian D. Bovard, Ph.D.