What the pigsticker lacks in beauty it makes up for with its incredible effectiveness. While it seems simple to tie, a few details like keeping your thread flattened and smooth and proper placement of the lead wraps are important considerations. Everyone I know likes to make fun of this fly, yet the Pigsticker really is one of my favorite flies. I have to admit that an awful lot of the biggest fish I have ever caught in rivers have fallen to this fly.
Pigsticker Fly Tying Recipe:
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Hook: Gamakatsu C12U #6
Weight: .015 Lead Wire
Thread: 140 Denier Utc Ultra Thread Red
Ribbing: Small UTC Wire Silver
Coating: Sally Hansens Hard As Nails Or Solarez Ultra Thin