Published Nov 10. 2017 - 6 years ago
Updated or edited Oct 8. 2020

Top Saltwater Flies

Three new books on saltwater flies seem to be a perfect item for the Christmas wish list for any saltwater fly angler

US fly tyer and author Drew Chicone has been brewing on a set of three very interesting books.
The publisher, Wild River Press, sent me a press release announcing the books just this week, and Drew himself posted on his Facebook page: ”The culmination of my last 10 years of work just arrived... I️ am without words. Thank you to everyone involved that helped make this happen! ”

The books
The web site
The books and the web site
Wild River Press

Three volumes on the best saltwater flies for permit, tarpon and tonefish, simply titled “Top Saltwater Flies”. More than 900 pages altogether, featuring step-by-step photos of the flies and an introduction to tools, materials, hooks as well as tying techniques.

Chicone has demonstrated his different approach to tying and patterns before in the well written and interesting book “Feather Brain”, and if these three volumes reach the same quality as the previous title, they are going to be quite interesting.
The books are very obviously hands on books, large and clear photos presented in a wire-bound cover, which allows the books to be laid flat down while open, perfect for placing on the tying table while following the instructions.
But the goodness comes at a price, though. 250.- US$ for all three volumes or 100 US$ per volume if you just buy one or two.
The books have their own web site on and can also be found on the publisher's web page where they can also be ordered. The publisher's page also lists all the patterns and goes further in depth on the content.

I will try to get my hands on review copies if possible, and do a proper review.

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