Fly Tying

The Winged Beetle

  • By: A. K. Best
WingedBeetle

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

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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
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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

Thread Flies

  • By: Tee Clarkson
  • Photography by: Richard Procopio

I love an intricate fly as much as the next guy, but I have also found that sometimes the difficult patterns don't catch as many fish as the simple, easy ones...