Joe Mahler "one of the nation's leading fly casting instructors" is an author/illustrator living in Fort Myers, Florida. His work appears in Fly Fisherman Magazine, Salt Water Sportsman, Outdoor life and other publications. Joe is also the author and illustrator of “Essential Knots & Rigs for Trout” and “Essential Knots & Rigs for Salt Water” (Stackpole Books). You have seen Joe casting away in national television commercials for Bass Pro Shops, Tracker and Mako Boats.
Joe is currently a member of the Dyna-King Professional Tying Team. He also serves on the pro staffs for NuCanoe and Mustad. When not fishing the crystal waters of Southwest Florida, he can be found teaching fly casting to enthusiasts of all levels through his Fly Casters Workshop. Joe’s easy-going approach has made him a popular guest speaker at fishing clubs and sports shows. To learn more, visit www.joemahler.com
Drew Chicone is an author, award-winning outdoor writer, fly designer, photographer, lecturer, and materials expert, whose passion for teaching the art of fly tying has inspired numerous how-to articles and detailed instructional guides. He has lived and breathed the sport since he was tall enough to sit at the vise, and his fly creations are well known and in high demand among saltwater guides across the globe.
Drew has been a FFF Certified Casting Instructor, and commercial fly tier for many years. His patterns are sold in quality fly shops and have appeared in US and international publications such as: Fly Tyer Magazine, Fly Fisherman Magazine, The Drake, Fly Fishing in Saltwaters Magazine, The Western Australian Fishing Magazine, & Vagabond Magazine South Africa to name a few. More Articles & Appearances
In 2012, Drew partnered with Stackpole books to publish his fifth book; "Feather Brain - Developing, Testing & Improving Saltwater Fly Patterns." Other Chicone titles include; "Redfish Flies", "Snook Flies", "Essential Bonefish Flies – Andros", and "Essential Permit Patterns".
He is the winner of the 2014 IFTD Iron Fly, MC and Judge of the 2015 Iron Fly and the creator of Salty Fly Tying. Drew is a contributing writer for Patagonia, a member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America, and a member of numerous pro teams including Dyna-King, Nautilus, Hardy Whiting Farms, Daiichi, Mustad and Loon.
Drew is a popular speaker and frequently hosts destination schools/fishing adventures anywhere saltwater species can be found. For more info on Drew, his latest works and schools, visit his blog at blog.saltyflyting.com. For product reviews, tip, tricks and more, feel free to subscribe to the Monthly Newsletter “The Salty Fly Tying Chronicle” or join Salty Fly Tying on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Instagram.