Fly Tying with A. K.

Patterns & Problem Solving with New Materials & Techniques

Book Description

Techniques and tips from A. K.:

  • The right way to hold a bobbin
  • Preventing body bumps
  • Avoidingtrapped hackles
  • Producing crisper hairwings and tails
  • Dubbing fine bodies
  • Saltwater tips

    Tying fly patterns using new materials:

  • Bugskip Nymph
  • Blue Quill Dun
  • Mahogany Quill Spinner
  • Hovering Fy Crane
  • Coq de Leon Matuka

    These tips and techniques from master fly tier A. K. Best help you meet the challenges of today's new tying materials. Part One addresses several common tying problems and gives solutions that every tier can use. Part Two describes new materials and patterns, explains how they differ from traditional materials, and what that means for today's fisherman.

    A. K.'s signature Quill Body flies take on new life when tied according to his directions using these new materials. Detailed photographs illustrate the step-by-step instructions for working with Bugskin, Coq de Leon, and streamers. With this book on new materials, new techniques, and new patterns, A. K. once again demonstrates his expertise as a tier and as a teacher.

  • About Best, A. K.

    A. K. Best has tied flies for over forty years and fly fished even longer. He is the author of A.K.'s Fly Box, Dyeing and Bleaching Natural Fly Tying Materials, and Advanced Fly Tying and has written several articles for Fly Rod & Reel, Mid-Atlantic Fly Fishing Guide, Fly Fishing & Tying Journal, and Fly Fisherman. A. K. teaches classes, makes videotapes, and ties flies for locally owned shops throughout the United States. He lives in Boulder, Colorado, with his wife, Jan, and has two daughters.