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"Whether it’s camaraderie, creativity, art—or simply a device to catch more fish people are passionate about tying flies for a lot of different reasons. For me, it’s all those reasons and more. Tying is an important part of my daily routine. And teaching others the art of fly tying is one of my favorite activities." -Drew Chicone

Drew Chicone here.

A frustration of mine is trying to learn a new pattern or tying technique without clear illustrations or instructions. 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 eBooks and Blog.

My goal for this site is to create a vehicle for sharing ideas on fly pattern development as well as a clear, easy to follow educational resource for tyers of all skill levels. There is no shortage of "How To's" available out there, but they all seem to focus on learning to tie a particular fly for a particular fishing situation. Fly tying for beginners info is very important, but I also want to challenge and encourage the seasoned tyer. The idea is to dive much deeper than "how to tie this pattern or that pattern." My focus is really directed toward developing new fresh and saltwater fly patterns, and learning how to correct or improve the flies that just don't seem to act right in the water.

The aim is to teach fly tiers how to effectively mimic the shape, size, color, and specific movements of saltwater prey items and learn which materials will best achieve these characteristics. Knowing how to select the right fly tying materials and learning proper tying techniques is key to creating productive saltwater - and freshwater - flies.

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