Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Perfection in the Picket Pin & Soft Hackle Flies

I decided late last fall towards the end of my fishing season that I didn’t need anymore flies or poppers. Well you guys know how long that resolution lasted; right after I saw the Picket Pin and Soft Hackle flies Alan had tied at Small Stream Reflections. Both these patterns impressed me not only for their success rate, but also for their fishy look. For those of you who follow Alan’s blog know he is an accomplished fly tier and and excellent photographer.
I can’t wait to get out on our local tailrace and introduce both these patterns to the rainbow there.

The Picket Pin is one of Alan’s go to flies and one that I feel will be productive for me as well.
The Soft Hackle Dry is another stellar pattern from Alan’s collection; I haven’t fished this fly on our tailrace and anxious to give it a try.  
 
 

18 comments:

RM Lytle said...

I think those will do very well for you.

Drew LooknFishy said...

Fine job. If mine looked that nice, I might be standing in a blizzard or freezing rain fishing them now...no chance I could wait!!

Bill Trussell said...

RM
Can't wait to get out on the water and both patterns. Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Drew
I consider Alan a professional when tying fly patterns; hope the weather improves for you there soon. Thanks for the comment

Brk Trt said...

Bill I hope those Pins are as effective for you as they are for us up here.
Fish them in good health.

Mel said...

Bill, great to see you stocking up on a few more patterns. The Picket Pin has been a staple for a long time on trout waters out west, too. I am intrigued by the Soft Hackle also.

So much for the thought of having enough flies...................

Bill Trussell said...

Alan
They will be used on our tailrace here and on my trips to the Caney Fork in Tennessee. Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Mel
Thought as you said I had enough flies; but when a pattern appears like the Picket Pin one just can't resist the purchase. Thanks for the comment

rivertoprambles said...

Those Picket Pins look delectable.I'm curious about the soft-hackle and how it will fish. Looking forward to hearing your results.

Bill Trussell said...

River
I have to say the soft hackle sparked my interest, and I think I will be surprised at it's results. Thanks for the comment

Howard Levett said...

It's funny how we learn to adapt by seeing what other folks are fishing. When I get my ability to tie back I'm going to try some picketpins.

Bill Trussell said...

Howard
I think the Picket Pin will produce anywhere in the U.S. Thanks for the comment

Atlas said...

Great looking ties, I bet you will be very successful with them.

Lester Kish said...

Ok, one more vote for the picket pin. Looks like a fish or two might find it an edible caddis.

Bill Trussell said...

Al
I know the Pickett will produce, but the jury is still out on the soft hackle. Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Lester
I may give the Pickett a try with the bluegills as well as the trout. Thanks for the comment

The NOCO Nympher said...

BIll!
Nice looking flies! Look forward to reading about your successes with them. I am sure the trout will come running for ya! Always a pleasure my friend and thanks for sharing the patterns!

Bill Trussell said...

Noco
I should be on our tailrace in a couple of weeks, casting the Pickett Pin and Soft Hackle. Thanks for the comment