The use of free flaps in head and neck reconstruction raises the question of how to adequately fix a tracheostomy tube without causing local pressure to the vascular anastomosis. We describe a previously unreported technique of securing a tracheostomy tube in the immediate and early post-operative period without vascular compromise of the free flap, using the ‘epaulette’ technique. We undertook a PubMed literature search for articles describing similar methods of securing a tracheostomy tube in patients with head and neck free flaps, but found none. In our experience of using this method, we encountered no compromised flaps or unplanned extubations. We believe the epaulette technique to be an easy and safe method of securing a tracheostomy tube whilst simultaneously avoiding any local pressure effect on the free flap vessels and anastomosis.