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Biot Midge Pupa
By Jim Schollmeyer

Biots used in fly tying come from the leading edges of flight feathers from turkeys, geese and duck. Commercially dyed biots are often brittle; you can soak them in water before wrapping to prevent them from splitting when wrapped. Biots form attractive bodies for smaller flies.

Materials List: Biot Midge Pupa

    Hook: Nymph or scud, # 14 - 16.

    Thread: Brown.

    Beadhead: Counterdrilled brass head.

    Abdomen: Biot Olive or brown ostrich herl.

    Wing case: Antron yarn.

    Thorax: Peacock herl.

Instructions - Biot Midge Pupa:

1. Slide counterdrilled bead (small end forward) on the hook and secure it. Advance the thread to the rear, and mount the biot with the notch facing up. Wind the thread forward as shown.

2. To form a ribbed body, do not wrap over to expose the fringe. Wind the biot forward forming even, fringed spirals. Secure it at the tie-off position and trim the excess. Mount the Antron yarn and trim the excess as shown.

3. Mount the peacock herl and wrap it over the thorax area. Secure it and trim the excess. Pull the Antron forward and secure it behind the bead. Tie off the thread behind the bead and cement the thread wraps. Trim the Antron to size.

4. Finished fly.

Use the beadhead version to fish deep and the unweighted version to fish shallow. ~ Jim Schollmeyer

Credits: From Nymph Fly-Tying Techniques by Jim Schollmeyer and published by Frank Amato Publications. We appreciate use permission.

For more great flies, check out: Beginning Fly Tying, Intermediate Fly Tying and Advanced Fly Tying.

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