Pattern Upwing Snowshoe Emerger


I really like the biot bodies. I wish I could find goose with longer biots.... maybe I'm using a dry fly hook with too long of a shank -- I don't know anyone who sells Grip hooks in the US.


I think I'm finally getting the hang of using goose biots. I finally figured out that the biot can not overlap the previous wrap but must be tied exactly next to the previous wrap or you lose the segmentation effect. Hard to believe but I do learn techniques from Hans' clips :D


This odd tan color works well in some Willamette Valley lakes during midge (buzzer to Hans) hatches.
I'm not really a fan of skinny midge emergers. The actual critter does not have a thin body but more that of a worm... so, I don't tie anorexic midge emergers.


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Beautiful flies guys. Gene, do you ever use turkey biots? I prefer the segmentation you get with goose, but turkey does tend to be longer.



Scott, I've never tried turkey but now that Hans has shown the cool use of the biots for segmented bodies, I'll give it a try. I do strip peacock herl and use the stem for wrapping bodies but they don't look as cool as the goose. Plus, you can buy goose in a wide variety of colors.

The goose biots are only good to create a body up to a size 14 with a 2 X long shank, max!

However, for smaller size patterns, as the one shown above, the biots are certainly long enough.

I've also tied some of the midge emergers in the same style in black, red and olive colors. I like the looks.

I get a lot of tying tips via your and Hans' SBS.... plus tips from the other guys here.

This is an excellent site for flyfishing and fly tying information.


Love vintage graphite!
Gene, biots don't always provide a segmented look. It depends on how they are oriented when tied on the hook. See this article...

If you want a segmented look, orient the notch forward.
If you don't want segmentation, orient the notch back.
The fuzzy rib is there either way but is covered up (or not) as you overlap the wraps.

A good video of the same thing...
What's the tail? Any chance of getting a top view?

I'm looking for a tail like that (I think) for a bug I tie, but haven't been able to find the right feather...

Nice pattern anyway, real nice!