|A 1910s era picket pin, tied by Johnny Utah|
The picket pin is rather well known fly that has stood the test of time. The fly was originated by Montana fly tier Jack Boehme, owner of a Missoula tavern and tackle shop. That must have been pretty cool, go pick up some flies and have a beer or two. I'd be more interested in those fish tales told at flies shops if i was guzzling a beer! Anyways. The fly featured here in my tutorial is the one believed to be the original from around 1910. However the original was tied with a gopher tail wing, but grey squirrel is a darn good match.
|A peacock body picket pin. Tied by Johnny Utah|
The fly is extremely versatile. Fish it as a streamer, a nymph, a dry fly, whatever you can think of, it has probably already been done with the fly. Fishing it dead drift with twitches is a favorite amongst eastern anglers. It is fun tie, and when you catch a trout, thank Jack for his creation.
Originator: Jack Boehme,Hook: Mustad 79580, or equivalent, size 4-6.
Thread: Black 8/0 Montana fly co.
Tail: Golden pheasant tippet fibers (3-5).
Rib: Medium gold french tinsel.
Hackle: Brown rooster neck palmered over body.
Body: Flat gold tinsel.
Wing: Gray squirrel tail.
Head: Peacock herl.
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Start the thread near the eye and take nice touching turns down to about the hook point. A smooth body is a key to any tinsel body fly.
Measure tippet to be equal to the body length of the fly. Tie it on with a pinch wrap on top. Stop with the one wrap, Now make sure its on top.
Now tie in the gold oval tinsel with one wrap in front of the wrap to hold the pheasant tippet. Trim your tippet the full length of the body, same with the tinsel.
Now tie everything down with nice touching tight turns forward, stop about two hook eye lengths back from the eye.
Tie in the flat gold tinsel on top, here i am using lagartun tinsel. It is a true tinsel, not mylar.
Wrap the tinsel back, and then forward over itself. This method insures that you cover up any missed spots. (sorry about the fuzzy pic for this one and the next couple, my camera did not like the shine coming off the tinsel!)
Bend and break off the tinsel, if your using mylar, then cut it off. Bring the thread back to the first tie off wrap of the tinsel.
Tie in the hackle by the butt.
Tidy up the area by wrapping touching turns down the eye and back up again. Tie in a 2-3 peacock hurls. I like to use just one if the hurl is bushy.
Wind the hurl on, touching wraps. If your hurl is going forward then as you wind, simply stroke the fibers back as you go. Tie it off and trim the excess.
Whip finish and trim the thread and you got yourself an original picket pin.