Schuylkill County Trout Unlimited Fly of the Month
Contributed by: John and Brenda Robertson
The Picket Pin was developed in Missoula, Montana in the early 1900s by Jack Boehme. The original pattern used Ground Squirrel Tail for the wing, which has been replaced by Grey Squirrel Tail. The Picket Pin has many loyal followers that will attest as to its effectiveness. This past June I had the pleasure of accompanying Dave Moyer to his camp on Kettle Creek. He showed me many good fishing spots and when I asked what fly to use he replied Picket Pin. Did it produce? You bet, the only thing that stopped me from catching dozens of fish that morning was a nasty thunder storm that decided to roll through about an hour after I started fishing. The use of Peacock Herl lends to the attractiveness of this fly. It is an oldie but a goodie that deserves a place in everyone’s fly box.
HOOK: 2X LONG WET #8 TO 12
TAIL: BROWN HACKLE FIBERS
RIB: BROWN HACKLE, PALMERED
BODY: PEACOCK HERL
WING: WHITE-TIPPED GREY SQUIRREL TAIL
HEAD: PEACOCK HERL
Squirrel Tail is a very slippery material and, if not tied in firmly, the wing can become undone. Be sure to have a smooth thread base then wax the tying thread before tying in the wing using firm thread wraps. Six or seven wraps should secure it. Trim the butt ends of the hair on an angle then wrap the thread through and then over the butt ends totally covering them.