Skating Indicators For Steelhead

Discussion in 'Steelhead' started by David Dalan, Jan 16, 2014.


A Steelhead has tried to eat my Strike Indicator before

Yes 30 vote(s) 73.2%
No 11 vote(s) 26.8%
  1. David Dalan 69°19'15.35" N 18°44'22.74" E

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    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.
  2. PT Physhicist

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    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.
  3. Luke77 I hope she likes whitefish

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    Yes, several times.

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  4. Rod Wittner Active Member

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    Absolutely. Like 3 weeks ago on the Hoh.
  5. sopflyfisher Active Member

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    coho do it too.
  6. Evan Burck Fudge Dragon

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    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:
  7. Freestone Not to be confused with freestoneangler

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    I had one try to eat mine on Sunday, as well as lots of other times.
  8. Evan Virnoche Guest

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    That's cuz fish like candy corn
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  9. Charles Sullivan dreaming through the come down

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    Go Sox,
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  10. David Dalan 69°19'15.35" N 18°44'22.74" E

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    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.
  11. Jeremy Floyd fly fishing my way through life

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  12. Klickrolf Active Member

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    Never tried an indicator but thanks for the ideas on a few new skating/waking patterns. Seems bulk might be an advantage?
  13. David Dalan 69°19'15.35" N 18°44'22.74" E

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    it was a 1" thigamabobber, orange. And it was dead drifted. Gotta be new fuel for steelhead dries in there somewhere. Round Air BC?
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  14. Pat Lat Mad Flyentist

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    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
  15. Bluemoon New Member

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    I never go fishing without some skating flies in the winter. It's not every year I get one on a skater in the winter but I want to be prepared. If I see a fish rise I switch to a floating line and skate a fly where I seen the rise.

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  16. Evan Virnoche Guest

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    a yarnie on top and a yarnie on bottom, now we just need the emerger stage
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  17. jake-e-boy Active Member

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    pink worm or wiggle wart dropper
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  18. Sean Beauchamp Hot and Heavy at yer 6

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    Nothing makes me feel lamer than when a steelhead eats my bobber. It's those aggressive ones I'm hunting for with the swing and the dry fly so when they eat my bobber I feel like they are trying to remind me of something. That said I've had really good luck on the next cast by stopping my nymph rig short and swinging my rig right through the lie.
  19. Rob Allen Active Member

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    nevermind... outa here
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  20. David Dalan 69°19'15.35" N 18°44'22.74" E

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    Ratings: +737 / 0 shouldnt matter to you as old steelhead are worthless, even if they rise to dry flies, and are unethical to target :)
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