|Bead head and orange head versions|
I first learned about the Picket Pin from my good friend Alan (Small Stream Reflections). It's not a well known fly, probably because it is an older pattern but if you are looking for a versatile fly for the winter, this one is it. I've fished it as a nymph, swung it like a wet fly, and with a slow retrieve like a mini streamer.
I tie them with two strands of peacock herl for the body, brown hen hackle, palmered from eye to bend and then caught and counter wrapped with gold wire for added durability. The wing is natural squirrel tail finished off with a couple turns of peacock herl in front of the wing. I typically tie with them with and without a tungsten bead. For the unweighted version, I thought I would finish these off with a fire orange thread head hardened with some UV fly finish.