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Picket Pin

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I just received my Jan/Feb "PA Angler and Boater" magazine and it has a good writeup on the Picket Pin. I didn't realize it, but I had one in my fly box and never knew what it was. It was just one of those flies I picked up that looked "tasty", yet I never fished it.

Does anyone fish this fly and if so, how productive has it been for you? How have you fished it? Wet or dry? It looks like a pretty easy tie and I may fish the one I have to see what kind of results it produces.

Picket Pin:

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Posted on: 2011/12/21 21:40


Re: Picket Pin

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Strikes me as a cross between a bugger and a Palomino midge.

Posted on: 2011/12/21 21:43


Re: Picket Pin

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The picket pin is a deadly fly. I fish it wet like a nymph. Works great. Give it, a go. Its a great classic patten. I plan to do a video and tutorial soon on this pattern.

Posted on: 2011/12/21 22:05


Re: Picket Pin

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Daman,

It's tied on the larger size (8, 10, 12) on a 3XL hook. About the only thing it has in common with a bugger is the hackle. The rest of it is peacock herl, squirrel tail, etc.

Posted on: 2011/12/21 22:53


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Tied some of these for smallmouth years ago when I first started tying. Forgot about them til I got rooting around in my flies a couple years ago. It was like "oh yeah, those things"!. Yep, been having good luck with them fished like a wet fly. I hear they work well during a caddis hatch although I have not experienced that to date. And yes the bonus is that they are easy for me to tie.

Posted on: 2011/12/21 22:54


Re: Picket Pin

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I use them both wet and dry for brookies, sometimes in the same cast, kinda like a Hornberg is fished, they've always done well for me.

Boyer

Posted on: 2011/12/22 0:35


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Last night I was looking through my stuff and found that exact fly. I knew I had just seen it recently somewhere and riffled through all the recent magazines and saw the same article. I too have it in my box and never fished it.
Mine is a little bigger than I would generally use for trout. Mine is maybe an 8.

Posted on: 2011/12/22 6:36


Re: Picket Pin

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I've used them as both a streamer and a dry fly as a stonefly/hopper imitation, and it's deadly in both roles. Definitely a must have fly.

Posted on: 2011/12/22 8:30


Re: Picket Pin

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This fly has been a killer for me over the years. The one you have pictured there is the traditional tie. The one's I use most often I'll put a florescent green butt or red on them. Also the same fly but change the wing to red squirrel or fox squirrel. Its a great searching wet fly. I'll tie them in 14's through 8's. And they seem to produce fish all season long.

Posted on: 2011/12/22 8:36
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Try fishing them with some movement, i.e. twitching them.

Does anyone know the history, origin of that fly?

Posted on: 2011/12/22 9:21


Re: Picket Pin

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Quote:

troutbert wrote:
Try fishing them with some movement, i.e. twitching them.

Does anyone know the history, origin of that fly?


It's a great pattern. Here is a little bit of history. I really like the explanation of the name:
http://flyanglersonline.com/features/oldflies/part115.php


Posted on: 2011/12/22 9:40


Re: Picket Pin

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Thanks for the link, I enjoyed the read.

Posted on: 2011/12/22 10:15


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looks like hybrids that were so popular in the west 60 years or so ago-fish them wet ,dry,surface stripped,as streamers or nymphs even-
So if you were limited to one or two patterns they would suffice but lost favor to more specialized ties.
Muddler minnow school-do everything-
Honestly I forgot most of the names.

Posted on: 2011/12/22 11:18
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One more voice in the crowd: I've had very good success with this pattern. I fish it like a wet/streamer. Mostly as troutbert said, with twitches.

Posted on: 2011/12/22 13:14
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Re: Picket Pin

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This post brings back some good memories. This was the first fly I learned to tie. I primarily fished as a streamer, but occasionally had success dead drifting it in sizes 14 and 16. A friend fished it dry at the height of the gypsy moth infestation in the 80's and reported great success on streams with a forest canopy. I thought he was joking until I tried it for myself.

Just got a sudden urge to tie some picket pins.

Posted on: 2011/12/22 19:21
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