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.
A biot is feather barb from the leading edge of a primary wing feather from a large bird. In this video, Tim Flagler explains the differences between goose and turkey biots and then shows how they can be used to make fly tails, legs, antennae, and bodies. More importantly, Tim explains why you should strip each biot from the stem, instead of cutting it.