Welcome to 'just old flies,' a section of methods and flies that
used-to-be. These flies were tied with the only materials
available. Long before the advent of 'modern' tying
materials, they were created and improved upon at a
far slower pace than todays modern counterparts;
limited by materials available and the
Once long gone, there existed a 'fraternity' of anglers
who felt an obligation to use only the 'standard' patterns
of the day. We hope to bring a bit of nostalgia to these pages and to
you. And sometimes what you find here will not always be
about fishing. Perhaps you will enjoy them. Perhaps you
will fish the flies. Perhaps?
Picket Pin 1910
Compiled By Deanna Birkholm
Archive of Old Flies
According to George Grant in Montana Trout Flies, this
is the best known Picket Pin pattern and is Jack Boehme's
adaptation of the Trude-style wing to a stonefly pattern. The
only exception is that Boehme's original pattern had a wing
fashioned from gopher tail hair. Westerners called this critter
"picket pin" because when standing upright on alert it
resembles a tether stake. Many variations of the Picket Pin
fly exist. Most have substitutions in the body material.
Picket Pin 1910:
According to George Grant in Montana Trout Flies,
Enterprising Montana tiers soon saw that native materials
could be rendered into durable and effective patterns.
One of the first to do this, was Jack Boehme (pronounced "Bay-me")
owner of a Missoula tavern and tackle shop (early Montana
fly fishing retailers often associated with bars and taverns).
By 1915 Boehme was offering durable patterns constructed of
native hairs and feathers....the original Picket Pin, was
amongst the first of many Montana flies using this wing...
Originator: Jack Boehme, 1910s.
Hook: Mustad 9672, or equivalent, size 4-6.
Thread: Black 6/0.
Tail: Golden pheasant tippet fibers (3-5).
Rib: Fine gold wire.
Hackle: Brown saddle palmered over body.
Body: Flat gold tinsel.
Collar: White tip gray squirrel over wing.
Wing: Gray squirrel tail.
Head: Peacock herl.
Credits: Trout Country Flies
by Bruce Staples, published by Frank Amato Publications.
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