A. K.'s Fly Box

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A revealing look into the fly box of one of North America¿s most respected and experienced fly tyers, with complete, step-by-step tying instructions.

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Well-known to readers of John Gierach as that author's occasional sidekick on western trout streams, A.K. Best wades into the deep waters of the angling library himself with an authoritative and instructional look at fly-tying. Best details the tying methods for his own popular creations as well as old standards, with plenty of photos of both naturals and their imitations. Also inlcuded is an introduction by Gierach.

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Fly fishers meeting streamside often go through an elaborate courtship ritual, the ultimate aim of which is not procreation but espionage - Catching anything? What on? And the ultimate prize: getting a look into the fly box of a lifelong student of fly fishing. This unique book can satisfy such curiosity. Its more than two hundred full-color illustrations depict naturals and their well-developed imitations - Cahills, Green and Brown Drakes, BWOs, PMDs, Red Quills, Tricos, Caddis, Midges, Stoneflies, Terrestrials, and more. Also included are complete, step-by-step tying instructions from a professional tyer who claims not to feel comfortable about tying a pattern until he's tied a hundred dozen of them. A. K. has fished with all of the fly patterns in this book for at least six years, many as long a twenty-five years, continuously refining the patterns to make them easier to tie, more durable, and more effective at fooling trout. It's hard to imagine an angler of any experience who would not benefit from this wise and thorough book, offering a revealing look into the fly box of one of North America's most respected and experienced fly tyers. (7 1/4 X 9 1/2, 212 pages, color photos)

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