Drew Chicone

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Drew Chicone
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Andrew D. Chicone

ResidenceFort Myers, Florida
OccupationSaltwater 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]


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]


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]


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

Published works[edit]


Feather Brain: Developing, Testing, and Improving Saltwater Fly Patterns
  • 2017: Baby Tarpon Flies: Six Effective Patterns for Catching Juvenile Tarpon, ISBN 978-1537703220
  • 2014: Redfish Flies: Eight Effective Patterns for Catching Redfish, ISBN 978-1500481889
  • 2013: Snook Flies: 8 Proven Patterns For Catching Snook From The Beach, ISBN 978-1493614189
  • 2013: Feather Brain: Developing, Testing, & Improving Saltwater Fly Patterns, ISBN 978-0811711968
  • 2013: Essential Permit Patterns, ISBN 978-1491075753
  • 2013: Essential Bonefish Flies, ISBN 978-1484014844

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]


  • 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]


  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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