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GrouseMan77 04-24-2010 09:58 PM

Prince Nymph Question
I started to tie up some prince nymphs but found that the biots that I had were way too skinny to make a decent looking fly. I purchased the turkey biots "4 Strips" packs. Did I get the wrong thing or did I just get some skinny biots?


ahighlan 04-24-2010 11:22 PM

I think goose biots are typically shorter and wider than turkey. That is what I use.

I've never done it, but I think people use the longer, thinner ones for biot bodies.

GrouseMan77 04-25-2010 09:34 AM

ahighlan - Thanks. That makes more sense than the turkey. I went back and looked at where I got was in recipe?

silvercreek 04-25-2010 09:42 AM

Turkey biots are longer and more useful for bodies since you have more length fo winding the body. They make good looking bodies for emergers and dry flies. Silvercreek

kentuckytroutbum 04-26-2010 08:52 AM

For the prince nymph, I use brown goose biots, because I think it looks better than turkey, and easier to tie. The prince, BHPT, and zebra midge are my "go to" flies for nymphing by themselves or as a dropper below a dry or a strike indicator. My $0.02 worth.


Kytroutbum 04-26-2010 09:14 AM

I agree with everyone else, use goose for the tails and turkey for biot bodies. I might suggest a variation to the Prince that I use. I twist my peacock with the tying thread when I wrap it. A guide in Wyoming I met dubbed the thread very lightly with red rabbit fur, then twisted the peacock herl and dubbed thread then wrapped the body. He claimed it made the nymph more effective. Maybe the red dyed peacock herls, LRO stocks, might be worth a try?

Randall Sale
the Kytroutbum

bones 04-26-2010 09:22 PM

Like everyone else said, go with the goose biots. As for herl get it off the stick instead of pacakaged stuff.

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