THROWBACK: Biot School

(from the Spring 2011 issue) Learn how to use this common—but often overlooked—material to tie better trout flies. [by Andrew Puls] I vividly recall my first feeble attempt at tying with biots. It was about 15 years ago in my Montana State University dorm room. My goal was to tie a floating midge pupa—probably size 20—with a wrapped goose-biot body. I have no idea what went wrong, but the frustration and results were enough to make me forgo using biots for the next couple of years. Maybe you can empathize with this experience. I eventually saw some beautifully segmented mayfly dun imitations tied using my dreaded nemesis: goose biots. I was tired of tying chubby, water-absorbing, dubbed mayfly bodies, and didn’t like the unfi nished look of thread bodies. These new biot-bodied flies looked ultra-realistic, and they seemed unlikely to become waterlogged. After seeing these flies, I became obsessed with biots. LESSON 1 Selecting and Preparing Biots Before we can tie any flies, we have to choose and prepare the biots. As you will discover, biots are some of the easiest and most affordable materials to use. They also make great-looking flies!   Selecting and Preparing Biots What Are Biots? … Continue reading THROWBACK: Biot School