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Keeping it Smooth ....Part III


Two weeks ago I talked about the need for creating a level, smooth under body when making a fly body from goose or turkey biots. Last week I talked about how to tie a biot in to ensure that you will get the result you want (raised rib vs. smooth segmentation) and pre-moistening the biot to help wrap it smoothly. This week I want to talk about wrapping the biot. The most important part of this is a gooooood pair of hackle pliers that are tuned up to prevent slipping (notice I didn’t say expensive). Clamp the pliers on the base of the biot and lift it straight up, perpendicular to the hook shank and the far edge of the fiber will kick toward the tail of the fly. In this case the raised edge effect was used by tying it in with the raised edge on the far side, and the thin, notched edge on the near side of the fly. The biot is wrapped by going over the top, away from yourself. Wraps can overlap slightly on smaller flies. On larger flies you need to keep the wraps tight together without overlapping turns if you are using biots from a goose. Unfortunately goose is very short and there’s not room for waste. Biots have a nice taper which helps to create a nice taper in the fly body. Many material suppliers offer them in a range of colors that will match the flies you are imitating. In the end, a biot makes a really lifelike imitation of an insect abdomen, and a few simple tricks make them easier to work with and create a great effect. Till next week …… www.ramsayflies.com #Regalvise #RegalPro #DaiichiHook #Unithread #NaturesSpirit


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