Skating Indicators For Steelhead

A Steelhead has tried to eat my Strike Indicator before

  • Yes

    Votes: 31 73.8%
  • No

    Votes: 11 26.2%

  • Total voters

David Dalan

69°19'15.35" N 18°44'22.74" E
RE: Poll Question

Curious how many have had this happen. It has happened to me and I think I have heard others chat about it as well.


Fishing the Yakima last year my buddy had his bobber inhaled twice. He didn't see it the first time but on the next pass the steelhead took it again.
I've had them eat fly fishing indicators before.

A few months ago, I also had one try to eat one of these while I was running it on a centerpin:

David Dalan

69°19'15.35" N 18°44'22.74" E
Interesting. My first time was today @ lunch. I fish sometimes in the narrow window of my noon lunch hour. The fish nosed up and mouthed it, I reflexively started to set the hook and stopped short. Nose immediately popped up and it tried to eat it again. Made me thing maybe I should use a skater/dropper setup instead of my bobber.

Pat Lat

Mad Flyentist
I read a story about how the ska-opper was created. Essentially some gear guy was getting takes on his float when reeling it in and the guy who saw it went home and tied some skater-popper pattern with a big orange butt. The article said he was targeting winter fish and I think it was in BC