On your Bulletin Board Tying Forum I noticed some
folks discussing "what fly they hate to tie."
I'm strictly an amateur of only moderate skill but I've
been at it for a long time. One thing I've learned
is that any problem can be solved.
As a case in point, one thing I dislike is tying on the matched sets of
biot wings on Prince Nymphs. The fly has a good reputation and looks so
neat that my class asked for it, so I had no choice. It gave me the
expected trouble but was a disaster for the students.
My solution was probably not new, but I pirated the
idea from the old Maine streamer tiers and just glued
the biot pairs together ahead of time with contact cement.
I place one biot on my index finger, add a tiny speck
of cement, put the other biot on top, position them
and press together for a few seconds.
The crossing point can be varied for different size flies. Now, tying a
Prince is a piece of cake!
Please check out the Fly Tying Section, on the Bulletin Board, here at FAOL too.
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