Flies to Skate

Discussion in 'Patterns' started by Ed Call, Jul 6, 2011.

  1. Brian Thomas Active Member

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    Kamloops B.C
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    Here you go Ed. My fly pics always turn out lousy , but it will give you an idea about what the fly looks like .
    Best fished in water with a gentle chop . No hitch .

    I still can`t remember the name of the pattern , but it can be found in Lani Waller`s last book - which I don`t own - but need to get .
    Top view
    Side view
    Bottom view
  2. eric.carlson New Member

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    Berkeley, CA
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    He calls it the Titanic in his book A Steelheader's Way. He says it was created by Jay Paulson, who says:

  3. Brian Thomas Active Member

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    Kamloops B.C
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    That`s it . Thanks Eric
  4. thesankers Member

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    Richland, WA
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    Here are three more surface Steelhead Flies. The muddler is more of awaking fly than a skater.
  5. Ed Call Mumbling Moderator

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    Excellent flies, photos and discussion. Thanks all.
  6. dryflylarry "Chasing Riseforms"

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    Near the Fjord
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    Steelhead Bee
  7. kelvin Active Member

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    The titanic
    its unsinkable
  8. TD Active Member

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    North End
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    Joel Lafollete's Skatin' Fool. I tied a few of these along with a few orange Muddlers with the idea of raising a Native Summer Steelhead on the Stilly last year. While out fishing at first light one morning I was using a small green version of the Frieght Train. I fouled a cast and the fly landed too close to a submerged rock. I was shocked when a fish erupted under it. I tried a few more casts with no reaction. I thought this might a fish to try a skating fly. So, I started with the orange Muddler. I cast just above the rock and let the fly skate across until it dangled below me. I tried to be patient and let it hang before retrieving but it was difficult knowing that fish was most likely tucked close to that rock. I cast 2 more times getting closer to the rock each time. On the third cast I saw the fish rise up underneath the fly and quickly turn away in a flash. 2 more casts to the same area and no reaction. At this point I moved upstream a few steps and wondered what to do next. I decided to change to the skating fool and work my casts back down toward the rock again. I was very disappointed when my fly was skating a good 3 - 5 ft past the rock and I hadn't seen the fish again. The the water erupted and the fish immediately started tearing line off my reel. I instinctly lifted the rod tip way too quickly and snapped the leader.

    That was my only "success" with skating flies. Here is a link to the Skatin' Fool.
  9. Bob Jones Still truckless now farther away

    Mumbles. Randys book has a b bunch of patterns that will skate on pages 96 and 97.
  10. Old Hat New Member

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    Enterprise, Oregon
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    Here are a couple of my favorites which I use on the Grande Ronde and vicinity. Both are very easy ties.


  11. Benjy Active Member

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    Tacoma, WA
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    Old Hat, very nice. What size hooks do you tie those on?
  12. Alex MacDonald Dr. of Doomology

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    Skating flies; whoda thunkit!!!
  13. Old Hat New Member

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    Enterprise, Oregon
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    Benjy, I tie these mostly on #8 and #6.
  14. Rod Wittner Active Member

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    West Richland, WA
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    Wow. Tremendous job, guys. Those are awesome! I gotta get in that game.
  15. Chris Johnson Member: Native Fish Society

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    Sweet ties Old Hat, they will be comming with me to the Clearwater in a couple of weeks.
  16. kelvin Active Member

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    Nice looking ties