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Tuesday, May 15, 2012
The" Picket Pin" Revisited
For those who have been following this blog know of the love I have for this fly. I have posted many reports of the success I've had with this wet fly. One of the reasons for the success of this fly is that it represents a variety of insects. If you look at it the first insect to come to mind is a caddis, or a stonefly, maybe a beetle or a cricket. It also can be fished as a dry, with a little floatant it can be made to hang near the surface, then pulled and it becomes an erratic struggling meal. A bit of sink putty and it's a good nymph. But it's best use is as a wet fly, cast downstream and stripped back. Vary the speed and you have a very good trout catcher.
The Picket Pin is a simple pattern. Few materials are needed, peacock herl, brown hackle and squirrel tail. Tying it is not hard and most can tie it with ease. Even if the finished fly is a bit off it will still take fish.
I tied a version of The Pin using some peacock herl that was dyed red. When finished it looked OK. But the test would be on the stream. So yesterday I gave it a run and it did very well for itself. That report will come later. For those of you who have just started tying flies try the Picket Pin.
Another variation the Picket Pin streamer. I am saving this for a larger river like the Farmington.