A School of RSP’s

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.

RSP minnow imitation, size #8 - 4xl, an original streamer fly by Don Bastian. Anyone care to play, "What's wrong with this picture?"

Here is the recipe:

RSP

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

More RSP's - from a different, earlier batch than the ones above. Same hook size, this photo was added on April 13th.

RSP - tied and photographed by Bob Petti of New York. Bob is one of the contributing tiers for my upcoming book, The Favorite Flies of Mary Orvis Marbury. The river in the background is the Upper West Branch of the Delaware River, the date Bob took the photo was Opening Day in New York, April 1st. He noted unfortunately, he was unable to get the RSP into a trout's jaw. Better luck next time Bob! Thanks for sharing the photo.