This photo is 2-1/2 dozen of my original variation of the Picket Pin, formerly known as the Red Squirrel Silver Picket Pin, now called by a name that is much easier and faster to say, the “RSP.”
My friends, brother, niece and I have been fishing the RSP since the early ’90’s with great success. I have used it primarily in Maine, though I don’t doubt at all that it would take trout in any stream where “red fin minnows” abound. My dad used to call them that, I think it’s a local name for Black-nosed Dace.
Here is the recipe:
Thread: Danville Flymaster 6/0 Brown
Hook: Size #6 – #10 4x long. This pattern could be made larger, but I have always fished it in #8 and #10.
Tail: Brown schlappen fibers or hen hackle
Rib: Oval silver tinsel
Body: Flat silver tinsel
Hackle: Brown schlappen or hen fibers
Wing: Red squirrel. Fox squirrel was used on these, the markings are the same as red squirrel with the reddish-brown tips and black center.
Head: Peacock herl. Use two strands; winding two at once gets the job done faster, but moreover, two strands of peacock herl are twice as strong as one. Add a drop of head cement before winding the herl.
Here is a link to my Magalloway River Brook Trout Trio post, with photos of three big brookies caught last May on the RSP: https://donbastianwetflies.wordpress.com/2011/05/23/magalloway-river-brook-trout-trio/
Here is the link to the RSP Product page on MyFlies.com: http://www.myflies.com/RSP-P618.aspx