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Old 05-29-2016, 03:31 PM
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Hi there, last time out I caught a good brook trout and brown skating a dry fly I would like to share this inspiring video and start a dialog on when this method is the most effective.

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I've seen some good fly video but that was VERY awesome!!! Seriously maybe best short clip I have ever seen.
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Nice video, its funny, I was out this afternoon during a caddis hatch and unintentionally hooked two nice fish as my fly was skating in back of me, it caught me off guard. I actually had on an Ausable Wulff and I was shooting for the green drake hatch that was just ending.
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Looks like they are fishing steelhead poppers.
I've fished Scott Howell's ska-opper pattern a bunch on the Ronde and it's amazing the way it will bring up fish. My experience has been that more often than not they will miss it completely but it sure gets their attention.

One day I counted to something like 14 hits popping a ska-opper and actually only hooking one.
I fished after a couple other guys had swung what was a productive run and had hooked into a couple of fish. When I went through it again with the ska-opper I brought up like 8 or 9 fish and couldn't get a single one to actually eat it but the chugging/popping would make them come up and take a wild swing at it.
Pretty crazy.
Regular skating seems to get more real takes but doesn't produce as much action depending on water temps, time of day and all that.
At least for Columbia river summer runs.

Fun video. I can't wait for August when steelheading will start for me in earnest.
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Dave Pinczkowski got me on this skating thing and Harry Lemire teaching me how to tie the Thompson river Caddis and the fall Caddis and while steelhead season is over till September I couldn't help trying skating a couple of fish up on my home stream trout river after they didn't like my match of the hatch.


Very suprising! While I didn't do a greased line thing, I coated the leader, the end of the line and dry fly in loon floatant and it was sailing effortlessly on the surface lightly swinging and stripping in.

Fish on! Might have to spin some moose tonight.

I really don't know much more about skating than what Dave taught me and maybe that's all I need to know, just go do it.
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It really depends on what one is talking about. Those skaters in the video posted by unknownflyman are designed for steelhead. The first skater pattern was designed by Ed Hewitt for rivers in the Catskills before any of us was born...

Fly Tyer Magazine, Fly Tying, Fly Recipes, Fly Patterns, Fly Fishing - Hewitt's Skater

This how to tie it:

https://vimeo.com/33127383

This article might also be of interest:

Unmatching the Hatch | MidCurrent

That being said I have used those patterns most successfully on Hot Creek here in the Eastern Sierras when the wind comes howling down the canyon and blows everyone off the water - except for me. I switch to a 3x-4x, 12'-16' leader and work the banks...I won't reveal what has happened...


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Wow, what a video! Thanks Mr Unknown. I think any time fish are actively feeding at or near the surface is a good time to try skating something. I usually tie on a Crackleback of some kind, but Renegades, BiVisibles, Spiders and others all work. Of course, it doesn't always work, but it's surprising how snobby risers can turn into idiots when a buggy fly comes twitching past them. Wham!! It seems like they are especially pissed when they get fooled by a skating fly, so hang on!

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If you can see the trout you're casting to, a well-timed twitch can be deadly. Here's one example. The trout ignored the still presentation and slammed it the second I twitched it on the next cast.

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As far as trout fishing, check out the book Fishing the Dry Fly As a Living Insect by Leonard M Wright.

A good read about this topic. A caddis pattern can be a great prospecting fly with this technique. I have not mastered the specific technique but tried it with success a few times.
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