Drew Chicone is a fly designer, photographer, author, instructor, lecturer and materials expert whose passion for the sport has led him to the salty waters of Southwest Florida. He has lived and breathed the sport since he was tall enough to sit at the vise, and his fly creations are both well known and in high demand among Florida guides. Drew has been a FFF Certified Casting Instructor and commercial fly tier for many years. His patterns are sold in numerous fly shops and have appeared in many publications. Drew’s other titles include Essential Bonefish Flies: Andros and Essential Permit Patterns. He is a member of the Dyna-King Pro Tyer Team and Clear Cure Goo Pro Tyer Team, an Ambassador for Nucanoe , and a Royalty Tyer for the Orvis Company.
In an attempt to bring some clarity to the muddy waters of fly-tying materials, and although I have no formal scientific training in this topic, I have spent a lot of time researching ultraviolet (UV) materials and the hubbub surrounding them. I have had some trial and error with my treasure trove of materials on the flats, and between that experimentation...