Drew Chicone

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Drew Chicone
Drew Chicone.jpg
Born Andrew D. Chicone
1979
Elmira, New York
Residence Fort Myers, Florida
Nationality American
Occupation Saltwater fly designer

Drew Chicone (born 1979) is an American saltwater fly designer, fisherman, author, lecturer and certified casting instructor.[1][2][3] Chicone writes books and magazine articles demonstrating how to tie saltwater fly patterns.[2][4][5]

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Drew Chicone grew up in upstate New York, where he learned from his parents how to tie flies at the age of six.[1][6]

Career[edit]

Sanibel Cannibal saltwater fly pattern from Feather Brain

In 2013 Chicone published his first book, Feather Brain, which focuses on developing, testing, and improving saltwater fly patterns.[1] The book provides step-by-step instructions and photos for tying 14 flies that he designed.[5]

Within the next year he published Snook Flies and Redfish Flies. Both are species-specific guides that demonstrate fly tying patterns from Chicone and other designers.[4]

Chicone co-founded Strip Strike University where he currently works as a fly tying and fly casting instructor.[6][7]

In addition to writing and teaching, Chicone operates a website where he sells fly tying materials and books.[6][7]

Family[edit]

Chicone lives in Fort Myers, Florida with his wife and daughter.[6]

Published works[edit]

Books[edit]

Feather Brain: Developing, Testing, and Improving Saltwater Fly Patterns

Magazine articles[edit]

  • 2015: “Hair of the Dog.” Fly Tyer. Summer 2015. Vol. 21 no. 3. pp. 32-39.
  • 2014: “Consider the Crab.” The Drake Magazine. Fall 2014.

Online articles[edit]

Awards[edit]

  • 2017: Winner of the 2017 IFTD (International Fly Tackle Dealer Show) New Product Showcase Award, Saltwater Fly Pattern, "Chicone’s Tuscan Bunny".[8]
  • 2016: Winner of the 2016 AFFTA (American Fly Fishing Trade Association) New Product Showcase Award, Saltwater Fly Pattern, "Contraband Crab".[9]
  • 2014: Winner of the 2014 IFTD (International Fly Tackle Dealer Show) Iron Fly competition.[10]
  • 2014: 3rd Place in Outdoor Writer’s Association of America 2014 Excellence in Craft Contest, Magazine/E-zine Contest, Fishing Category, "Spoon Fed". Fly Fishing In Salt Waters. September 2013.[11]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Craven, Charlie (January 8, 2015). "McFly Crab Fly Tying Pattern". Fly Fisherman. Retrieved July 18, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b Bastone, Kelly (February 15, 2016). "Handmade Everything". Fly Fisherman 2016 Gear Guide. Retrieved July 25, 2016. 
  3. ^ Chicone, Drew (Spring 2015). "The Tuscan Bunny". Fly Tyer. Vol. 21 no. 1. pp. 52–57. 
  4. ^ a b "Book Review: "Redfish Flies" by Drew Chicone". Fly Life Magazine. November 10, 2014. Retrieved July 25, 2016. 
  5. ^ a b "Book Review: "Feather Brain" by Drew Chicone". Fly Life Magazine. September 16, 2013. Retrieved July 25, 2016. 
  6. ^ a b c d Roberts, Don (March–April 2016). "Masters at the Bench". Eastern Fly Fishing. Retrieved July 18, 2016. 
  7. ^ a b Mahler, Joe; Chicone, Drew (Summer 2015). "Hair of the Dog". Fly Tyer. Vol. 21 no. 3. p. 34. 
  8. ^ McGlothlin, Jess (July 13, 2017). "IFTD 2017 New Product Showcase Winners". Retrieved July 14, 2017. 
  9. ^ McGlothlin, Jess (July 15, 2016). "IFTD 2016 New Product Showcase Winners Announced". Retrieved July 25, 2016. 
  10. ^ Carty, Cynthia (August 21, 2014). "Drew Chicone Wins 2014 IFTD Iron Fly Competition". Retrieved July 25, 2016. 
  11. ^ "More than $11,000 awarded to winners of 2014 OWAA Excellence in Craft Contests". Outdoor Writers Association of America. June 3, 2014. Retrieved July 25, 2016. 

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