Video: How to Make Biot Tails


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.

Over the past two installments, Tim has discussed the difference between goose and turkey biots and how to make biot bodies. (A biot is a feather barb from the leading edge of a primary wing feather.) In this video, he talks about how difficult it can be to make tails with biots because the materials are slippery and hard to control on the hook. But of course, Tim has a great trick to solve the problem. From the way he ties the pair of biots onto the hook to the way he separates the tips, this ingenious method will forever change the way you make biot tails on your own patterns.

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