Sunday, February 24, 2019

Picket Pin

Bead head and orange head versions
It's a rainy late February day outside so I've been meaning to tie a few "winter flies" for those late winter days when you need a nymph/wet fly/streamer to get down to where the fish are and keep it there.

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.

6 comments:

  1. Great looking flies, Mark, and a great day to tie some up. I like your chances with those.

    Best, Sam

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    1. Thanks Sam, those are good winter flies as the early winter stonefly nymphs become active

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  2. Mark - the PP is one of the all time greats. It's got the key's to many great flys in Peacock, Palmered Hackle and squirrel. As a streamer on a long shank, and as a smaller wet/nymph, beaded, unbeaded, weighted, unweighted... It's just a dang fantastic fly!

    Love to read this about them!
    Will

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    1. Will - Totally agree! If you fish small streams year round you want this one in your box

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  3. Way back when, we tied them in PA with a body of two strands of fine chenille, one strand dark and one light, wound up the hook together like a barber pole. Deadly at times.

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    1. John - that sounds like a very interesting variation!

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