Turkey Biot Quills Hareline - whole quill pairs
Nice big biots that are easy to handle.
Our huge natural colour selection will tie all the biot body, wing or casing patterns you need.
Using Turkey Biots for Fly tying
Turkey biots are a versatile material that can be used for a variety of fly tying applications. They are long and slender, with a natural segmentation that makes them ideal for creating bodies on dry flies and nymphs. Turkey biots can also be used to make tails, wings, and wing cases.
To use turkey biots for fly tying, you will need a pair of fine-tipped hackle pliers, a bobbin, and some tying thread. The first step is to select the biots that you want to use. Turkey biots come in a variety of colors, so you can choose the ones that best match the natural prey of the fish you are targeting.
Once you have selected your biots, you need to tie them in on the hook. Start by tying in the biot at the back of the hook, with the tip pointing towards the eye. Then, wrap the biot forward, overlapping each wrap slightly. As you wrap, you can use your hackle pliers to bend the biots slightly, creating a more segmented appearance.
If you want to add a rib to the body, you can do so after you have wrapped the biots. A wire rib will add strength and durability to the body, and it can also provide a bit of flash. To add a wire rib, simply wrap it around the body of the fly, following the same path as the biots.
Once you have finished wrapping the biots and rib, you need to tie off and finish the fly. You can do this by tying in a head of thread and then whip-finishing the fly. Once the fly is finished, you can apply a coat of head cement to protect it.
Turkey biots are a versatile and easy-to-use material that can be used to create a variety of fly tying patterns. They are a great choice for beginners, as they are relatively easy to work with. With a little practice, you will be able to tie flies that look and fish like the real thing.
Here are some additional tips for using turkey biots for fly tying:
- Use a sharp pair of hackle pliers to tie in the biots. This will help to prevent the biots from fraying.
- Wrap the biots tightly, but not so tightly that you crush them.
- If you are using a wire rib, make sure that it is smooth and free of sharp edges. This will help to prevent the biots from being damaged.
- Apply a coat of head cement to the finished fly to protect it.
With a little practice, you will be able to use turkey biots to create a variety of beautiful and effective fly tying patterns.