I had the pleasure of interviewing AK Best to talk about tying dry flies and his life in fly fishing.  We also hear some of the other influential parts of his life including how he survived his music night life.

AK talks about absolute attention in music and in fly tying.  Find out what makes a Colorado Green Drake such a killer pattern and why the wing tips are so critical for dry flies.


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Show Notes on Tying a Dry Fly with AK Best

05:00 – Production Fly Tying here was a big impact book for many fly tyers in the space.

11:00 – The Colorado Green Drake from Charlies Fly Box.

12:00 – In the Ring of the Rise – Vince Marinaro book on trout behavior.

22:00 – Tom Whiting was on the podcast in episdoe 115 and talked about how he creates the perfect dry fly hackle.

26:25 – The St. Vrain Caddis was a killer pattern if you need a goto pattern when nothing else is working.

st vrain caddis

29:00 – The Colorado Caddis was a famous Colorado pattern.

29:40 – A Red Quill Parachute in a size 18 is a great prospecting fly.  Works great on the Frying Pan River.

40:50 – John Gierach was on the podcast is episode 47 and talked about quitting drugs and alcohol.

45:25 – I interviewed Joan Wulff here and Frank Moore who were two of the oldest guests I’ve had on the show.

49:40 – The Winged beetle


the winged beetle

56:10 – The Olive Quill Dun, The Red Quilled Parachute are two of AK’s goto flies.

58:30 – Danville 6/0 thread is the only thread you need.

Gene Shropshire, an old friend of mine was on the podcast in episode 165 and covered some of the history of dry fly fishing with a focus on his early years learning from the Dette family.

1:00:40 – Selective Trout by Doug Swisher

1:02:00 – Henry’s Fork Anglers


You can find AK’s book Production Fly Tying here.


Tying a Dry Fly Resources Noted in the Show

In the Ring of the Rise by Vincent Marinaro

in the ring of the rise


Selective Trout by Doug Swisher

selective trout


Videos Noted in the Show

The Colorado Caddis


A Red Quill Parachute



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Tying a Dry Fly Conclusion with AK Best

AK Best who wrote one of the great fly tying books shares some of the great tips from this book and others from over the years.  Find out why you should be clipping your dry fly hackles and some of his best Colorado patterns.