[dropcap]D[/dropcap]rew Chicone, one of the world’s most celebrated, prolific and innovative fly tyers, with a singular skill of teaching, has agreed to regular monthly contributions of recipes and instructions.
His most highly productive flies or those tied by his A-List tyers (flies that do catch fish) should get you into the fly shop to buy materials – not pre-tied flies at $6 a pop.
The easiest salute to Drew’s achievements is his ability to teach what seems too difficult for the untalented tiers among us to tackle, and make it a doable and an enjoyable task. Doable translates to encouraging and that leads to confidence.
In the following recipe and instructions I found the latter to be so. I can now tie the Pine Island Ice Tea fly in minutes, perfectly. It’s easy.
Here is the recipe and tying instructions for tying the Pine Island Ice Tea fly by Capt. Daniel Andrews
Hook: Daiichi 2546 or Mustad S71SZ size 2
Thread for body: 210 Danville Flat waxed Nylon – Chartreuse
Eyes: Pseudo Eyes 5/32 or 3 mm – Silver & Chartreuse
Body: Crystal chenille or Estaz – Root-beer
Tail: Bucktail – Brown Krystal Flash – Chartreuse
Weed-guard: 20lb Monofilament – Clear
Adhesive: Clear Cure Goo Hydro