Last year, we launched a new series of videos called “One-Minute Fly-Tying Tips and Techniques” from Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions. Each video will teach a single tying skill, from the most basic to the advanced. Ultimately, the series will serve as a sort of encyclopedia of tying skills that will be a valuable resource for anyone who sits down at a vise to create a fly.
Last week, Tim discussed the difference between goose and turkey biots. (A biot is a feather barb from the leading edge of a primary wing feather.) In this video, he demonstrates the best way to tie in a biot when you’re using it to create a segmented body. If you do it wrong, the difference is startling, and the key is how you orient the feather before attaching it to the shank.