The Picket Pin was developed by Missoula, Montana-based fly tier (and saloon owner) Jack Boehme, whose career spanned the 1910s to the ’40s. He was pals and partners with Norman Means, who created the Bunyan Bug, of A River Runs Through It fame. The original Picket Pin featured a wing of gopher tail, but Boehme eventually changed to squirrel.
In this great video from Tightline Productions, Tim Flagler demonstrates how to tie this classic fly, using older tools and materials that belonged to a friend’s father, Dr. John I. Green. (He was a remarkable outdoorsman and conservationist, as his obituary makes clear.) It’s a cool concept that adds something special to Flagler’s excellent instruction.
Hook: 2X-long nymph/wet fly hook, size 12.
Thread: Black, 6/0.
Tail: Red squirrel tail or brown hackle fibers.
Rib: Gold UTC Ultra Wire, small.
Body: Peacock herl.
Wing: Gray squirrel tail.
Head: Peacock herl.
Adhesive: Head cement.