Fly Tying

A Better Bugger

  • By: A. K. Best
  • Photography by: A. K. Best

Attach the thread behind the hook eye and wind to end of the shank. Tie in the wire above the hook point, wind behind the hook eye as shown here, trim the tag, apply a liberal amount of head lacquer to the wraps and cover with two spiral wraps of thread. Clip of a small tuft of black-bear hair, remove the underfur and tie it on the hook immediately behind the lead wraps.

The Winged Beetle

  • By: A. K. Best

Every beetle I've ever seen on the water has its wing tips visible just behind the shell back halves. This usually amounts to about 25 percent of the insect's total silhouette. Yet all the beetle patterns I see in catalogs and in fly shops have no wing tips showing. I think it's

Biot Hendrickson


I have taught this pattern in a number of fly-tying classes for my Eastern friends, and all agree-it's a killer.

10-Minute Ties

  • By: A. K. Best

Soft Hackle Little Yellow Stone

Roy's Biot Emergers

  • By: A. K. Best

Roy Palm probably knows Colorado's Frying Pan River better than any other living person. He has fished it, guided it, and in fact lived just a few yards from it for more than 20 years. He knows all too well how finicky the large trout can get during the numerous hatches that occur there on a daily

The Spent Cream Caddis

  • By: A. K. Best

Stand out in the crowd.

10 Minute Ties

  • By: A. K. Best

Large Matukas: Big browns at twilight and dusk? Here's the fly...

The Biot Flavilinea

  • By: A. K. Best

A variation to fool the trickiest trout

The Mickey Finn

  • By: A. K. Best

A classic streamer that still catches fish

The BWO Sub Emerger

  • By: A. K. Best

An ace-in-the-hole