This is Lefty's pattern in a color combo that has been very good to me with large pickeral.
Hook: Size 2
Thread: Red, 3/0
Tail support: Yellow bucktail with copper krystal flash
Tail: Red barred grizzly hackle, 2 matched pairs
Wing and throat: Red over yellow bucktail with copper krystal flash
Wing top: Peacock swords
Head: 5 minute epoxy
Overall fly length is about 3 inches.
Ahhh, pickerel, my favorite FW game fish. That's a cool pattern; I've found that most SW baitfish patterns can be "down-sized" to catch pickerel and other pike family members. Then again, at the size that some of the Northerns and muskies get up to, down-sizing isn't always required. :smokin:
I think I've taken more pickerel on red/white, yellow perch, and chartreuse over white/pearl than any other color patterns.
Great looking pattern, must tie some up for the spring.
Keep them coming!
From my experiences, pickeral LOVE that hot orange color more than any other gamefish. The louder the better.
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