Flies: Tying the Biot Emerger

Funny how flies can help you remember specific days on the water — especially when those days turn out to be barn burners. I’ll never forget wading around half a dozen other frustrated fly fishers on Montana’s upper Missouri and landing fish after fish by carefully drifting biot emergers just beneath the film. At the time I didn’t even know what a “biot” was; I just thought it was a fancy scientific contraction of some sort. (A biot is actually a single fiber from the leading edge of a primary wing feather, usually of a turkey or goose for us tiers.) Fortunately my partner had fished the upper Missouri for three days previous and had restocked with biots and biot cripples.
Author Charlie Craven gives detailed instructions on how to tie a biot emerger on his Web site. His pictures clearly show how the biot creates a nicely spiraled rib as it is wrapped forward on the shank.

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  • Rick

    great tying directions. I’ve tie a BWO emerger using a single peacock eye feather. The tiny hair-like filaments on the edge stand at right-angles to the hook shank when wrapped and look like gills on the emerger abdomen.