For those who love small streams, wild trout, and life...in their simplest form
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
The Picket Finn.....thanks Fran and Mark
Marks version of Betters "Picket Finn"
Years ago while visiting the Adirondacks of New York I stopped in Wilmington and paid a visit to Fran Betters fly shop. There I purchased several flies, and one in particular that i never knew the name of. So I sent an email to Jan Betters, along with a photo of the fly and she responded with the name, the Picket Finn. I did a post on the fly and Mark over at "Fishing Small Streams" got the necessary materials and tied up a few for me. The first time I tried them back in January I hooked a brookie, and a chub. I put the fly in my box and there it stayed until the other day.
While fishing a new blue line, well a new section of a familiar blue line I took the Picket Finn out and gave it a try......it worked.
The new section of small stream. Lots of hemlocks, and tanic water.
While this stream had some deep pockets most of it was thin water. The fly had a beadhead and it brought the fly down fast, and that created lots of hangups. Perhaps Mark could tie a few without the bead.
When the fly was able to work without a hangup it produced some nice fish...even a few to hand.
One such pool that allowed the Picket Finn to work its magic.
A wild brookie and the Picket Finn. I have a few flies that were in Frans personal fly box. On my next outing to this stream I'm going to try them.
Saw these along the stream, don't know what they are but they are so pretty.