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Pickpocket, Red (Johnson)

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Pickpocket, Red (Johnson)

Name Pickpocket, Red
Category Pacific Salmon
Hook Size 2 to 2/0, Short Shank Salmon Bait Hook
Tail White Yarn, Twice the Length of the Shank
Body Built Up With Tying Thread
Wing Glo-Bug Yarn, Red; One Piece Above Shank, One Piece Below Shank; Trimmed Short and Picked Out
Head Monocord or Tying Thread to Match Wing Color
Eyes Bead Chain Tied Inside of Shank So Hook Will Ride Barb Up


The pattern for this fly, came from the fine book by Bruce Ferguson, Les Johnson, and Pat Trotter, Fly Fishing For Pacific Salmon. They write that this fly was originated by Les Johnson. Although it was originally designed to probe small pockets in fast water for Steelhead, it has become a useful Salmon fly. It is good for spring and summer Chinook and is also tied in other Salmon colors.  See Pickpocket, Orange, and Pickpocket, Chartreuse.

468 x 60 Fly Fishing

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