Drew Chicone is a member of Outdoor Writers Association of America, the Fishbrain panel of experts, Puglisi Professional Tying Team, Dyna-King Professional Tying Team, Daiichi Pro Staff, as well as a Royalty Tyer for Orvis.
Drew Chicone is an author, lecturer, materials expert and one of the industry’s premier saltwater fly designers. His innovative techniques and passion for teaching has inspired a new generation of tyers. Drew’s latest books include Feather Brain, Snook Flies”and Redfish Flies. His patterns appear in publications such as Fly Tyer, the Drake, and Fly Fisherman Magazine. Chicone’s fly creations, including the Detonator Crab, GT Pinfish, Tuscan Bunny, and Disco Shrimp, are both well known and in high demand among saltwater guides. Drew has been a certified casting instructor, and commercial fly tier for many years. Most recently, Drew was crowned “Iron Fly Champion” at the 2014, IFTD competition. He is a popular speaker and frequently hosts destination schools/fishing adventures anywhere saltwater species can be fond. F or more info on Drew, his latest works and hosted trips, visit his website and blog at www.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, Pinterest, or Instagram.
Why Daiichi: It’s a well know fact, that saltwater and it’s inhabitants are pretty tough on fishing gear, especially terminal tackle. It doesn’t take too many straightened hooks to realize that a quality hook is essential to landing big fish. When choosing a foundation to tie my flies on, any number of variable may come in to play depending on the species and fishing situation. Two attributes that never change however are durability and sharpness. I choose Daiichi hooks for their ultra fine 90 carbon steel wire, which provides superior strength, durably and a needle sharp point. This combination of characteristics produces an extremely rugged hook providing maximum penetration.