What are Biots ?

by Ben Spinks

they’re these things,

For most people they barely rival the discovery of a wad of bellybutton fluff in the grand scheme of things. In fact many would go so far as to call them boring, uninspiring and completely sexless.  But why are we so keen to neglect this most wonderful of materials? Do they attract giant man eating Asilidae and no ones told me? There most definitely seems to be something wrong.

The ideal fly should be quick and easy to tie. That doesn’t mean rough, sloppy or fragile, it just means simple.  Biots epitomise simplicity, but unfortunately their reputation for being rather unwilling and stubborn eclipses this. Shameful indeed, as most problems are nothing more than by-products of the way in which the material is initially treated.

Get this right and the results are so realistic you may wet yourself.   Segmentation is exceptional, durability is abundant and sexiness, well, it makes the playboy mansion look like Chatsworth house. “

hard to disagree with Master Ben, specially when it’s so eloquently put  !

if you’re ready for a Biot-Bingo moment, click this pic for the full article.  enjoy !

6 thoughts on “What are Biots ?

  1. Good info on the use of biots. Not many folks know the word “biot” is not in the dictionary. Not part of any bird-lingo for anyone other than fly tiers.
    On the scissors,I started cutting my biots off 15 or so years ago, (didn’t know any better)other than I’m a “cutter not a ripper.” I learned from experience to tell at a glance which side of a biot is which. It matters even for tails and the wings on Prince Nymphs. I tied commercially and would just make a pile of 30 – 40 – 50 biots and tie away. But I still tell people in my classes, some folks can’t define a left wing quill from a right, a whole feather, so I wouldn’t expect them to tell the top and bottom of a comparatively itty-bitty biot, something 100 times smaller.
    Good article and info Ben. Nice fly too!
    Thanks for sharing it Marc!

  2. Is there a difference between the biots from the top and bottom sides of the quill. I am referring to the first picture in your article?

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