The Biot Flavilinea
The Biot Flavilinea
A variation to fool the trickiest trout
- By: A. K. Best
In flight, the Flavilinea looks just like a Green Drake except that it's one size smaller, so it goes almost without saying that it is easily misidentified. You really need to catch one to notice the differences. Trout in heavily fished waters at Green Drake time sometimes prefer the smaller Flavilinea. I tie my Green Drakes on a Mustad 94831 size 12 hook and my Flavs on a size 14 94831. There are some minor color differences in the tail and hackle, but when you're fishing for educated trout, these minor variations become major considerations at the tying bench.I've seen 20-inch trout on Colorado's Frying Pan River refuse the naturals of these insects! Recipe:• Hook: Mustad 94831 size 14• Thread: Danville's green monocord• Tail: Brown spade or Cocque de Leon pardo hackle fibers. Length to equal hook shank.• Underbody: Pale green dryfly dubbing• Over body: Dyed Rit Kelly Green wild turkey biot• Wings: Pair of medium dun dyed hen hackle tips. Length to equal entire hook.• Hackle: Double: One plain brown and one green grizzly dryfly hackle
- Attach the thread one hook-gap space behind the eye, wind to the bend, clip off the tag and tie in a medium size clump of tailing fibers (about 25 percent more than a standard size 14 dun), length should equal entire hook. Clip off butts one hook-gap space behind the eye. This will be the shoulder of the body. Dub a size 16 body beginning at the shoulder and ending a hook-eye space before the tailing.
- Tie in the turkey biot by its tip, butt to the rear with the fuzzy side of the biot toward you with only one turn of thread. Then grasp the butt of the biot and pivot it straight away from you so that it's at a 90-degree angle to the hook shank, and take two more very tight turns of thread. Leave the thread hanging here.
- Grasp the butt of the biot with hackle pliers and begin winding forward. As you do so, bring the thread around over the leading edge of the biot on each turn. This will reinforce the biot so it won't be cut by trout teeth. Clip off biot butt immediately in front of the thread start and cover the stub with thread.
- Attach a pair of medium dun hen hackle tips whose width is equal to the hook-gap and whose length is equal to the entire hook. Tie in one plain brown hackle and one green dyed grizzly dryfly hackle, wind hackle to within one hook-eye space of the eye, tie down, clip off tips, whip finish and apply a drop of head lacquer to the thread head only.