Skating Flies for Trout...?

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  1. Thomas Williams

    Thomas Williams Habitual Line Stepper

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    Will it work? Has anyone tried it? Watched a video of a guy doing it in Europe and saw him hook up. Got me thinking of tying up some mini skaters for the fall when the trout are binge feeding. I think they would be a blast to chuck on my 5wt Beulah!
     
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  3. hydrological

    hydrological beads are NOT flies and snagging is just ghetto

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    absolutely ! especially when they have caddis or stoneflies on the menu. dont be afraid to go as much as 5-6 sizes bigger than the naturals.
     
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    It's my favorite way to fish. Nothing beats a big trout running down a skated fly. On the small streams it often works better than the dead drift.
     
  5. Thomas Williams

    Thomas Williams Habitual Line Stepper

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    Well hot damn you all got me motivated. Looks like I've got a skating fly to invent. Hmmm....

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    underachiever !

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    Last year was really my first year fly fishing and I caught a lot of trout by skating flies. When I first started doing it, I didn't know it had a specific name and that it wasn't the normal way to fish for trout. I just thought it was fun.
     
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    Great for cutts
     
  8. Jeremy Floyd

    Jeremy Floyd fly fishing my way through life

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    I agree completely with Blake.

    My favorite method of fishing for SRC is using a red butt, deer hair muddler, that is riffle hitched and skated. Mend it into, and then skate it away from any woody log jams or debris.

    You can cover a lot of river very quickly with that setup.
     
  9. Brian Thomas

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    Not really a skater , but a swung skid bitch can work wonders .

    PS ... This is not my fly .
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    David Dalan 69°19'15.35" N 18°44'22.74" E

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    Yes and yes.
     
  11. Thomas Williams

    Thomas Williams Habitual Line Stepper

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    Well hell lets kick this thing off proper then. Id like to see some trout skaters. Just scoped some steelhead caddis out at PSFC and got an idea of what im looking at. I assume downsizing a bit would be just the ticket. They also had a couple cool ones that look like boats.
     
  12. hydrological

    hydrological beads are NOT flies and snagging is just ghetto

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    morrish mouse, mini hankey, fuzzy wuzzy, small ska-opper, greased muddler, big goddard.......stay away from the super bulky mice, and big hooks for better hooking ratio (sz 6 or smaller) use a loop knot. its not about the pattern so much as the wake. definately an art to it. watch john hazel and scott howel vids.
     
  13. Red Shed

    Red Shed "junkyard spey"

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    This is what I use to skate up trout on the Clearwater in Idaho. I fish a fairly short line dead drifting it down then skating in the surface film back up. It is a killer pattern where caddis hatches are good.

    The pic was taken from Steve Raymond's book Kamloops. A very good read by the way.
     

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    I like skating dries for trout best in summer evenings, especially in riffly water. Stimulators work really well.
     
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    october caddis skaters. westslopes will crush them
     
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