Steelhead Skater Swap

Discussion in 'Fly Swaps' started by Will Atlas, Mar 14, 2007.

  1. Jeremy Floyd fly fishing my way through life

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    I would love to do this swap but I really dont have the time. The skater I tie is brutal on time consumption. Wish I could. This is a great swap idea.

    I tie on a thin piece of round plastic I pull from the corner of a hanger on top of the back of a size 4 or 6 which has been melted and shaped to a 45 degree bevel. You can just barely see the edge of it in front of the wing, sticking out in front of the eye. I color it black w/ a sharpie.

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    They take like 45 min each.
  2. seanengman Trout have no politics

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    Those are awesome! Can you pm or post your recipe.
  3. Will Atlas Guest

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    subtlety is there another skater you tie that doesnt eat up so much time? That one does look sweet though.

    I've been asked for the address to send these to, so here it is...

    Will Atlas
    621 16th Ave E
    Seattle WA, 98112

    Dont forget to enclose a couple bucks so I cant get the flies back to you.

    Tightlines,

    Will
  4. Jeremy Floyd fly fishing my way through life

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    I lay down a base of thread, then i attach the plastic piece, then I cover the plastic front to back with thread. Hit it with Zap a Gap and let it dry. Then I start at the back and attach the wire followed by tying a dubbing loop and fill it with whatever color you want of dubbing and then wrap dubbing to the almost the eye, tie it off and then wind the wire to the eye and whip finish. Then continue with the dubbing loop to the front of the plastic leaving about 1/8"-3/16" for the wing and tie it on normal and then shape with some curved scissors.

    The nicest thing about having a big plow on the front is it rides high and makes a beautiful wake even in really slow water conditions.

    (edit) a tiny bevel on the back side towards the hook bend on the plastic makes it so you dont have to build up the ass as much with thread to make a smooth transition from hook to plastic.

    The other nice thing about this design is unlike a riffle hitch which usually skates with the hook pointing sideways this always skates with the hook down so it improves hookups IMHO.
  5. seanengman Trout have no politics

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    I'll give it a try and see if I can even make one. They look sweet
  6. Scott Behn Active Member

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    I know this is late, but is it still open for tyers???? If so I'll tie up some crystal caddis. It's pretty much the only skater I'll use...'cept for some punks down the street!!!!!!!

    :cool:
  7. seanengman Trout have no politics

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    Let him in! Let him in!
  8. Will Atlas Guest

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    sure, no problem
  9. D3Smartie Active Member

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    hows progress guys? i finished mine this morning. hope everyone else is moving along.
  10. Bryan Lowrie New Member

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    Good Day
    I'll get involved in this but as I am a new member I just want to clarify a few things:
    - 12 participants, 11 flies ?
    - 2 months to complete ?
    If so I'm in, pattern Kispiox Dragon.
    Bryan
  11. Bryan Lowrie New Member

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    Oops, sorry I thought this was a newly listed swap.
    Bryan
  12. Cameron Derbyshire Steelhead, Classic Atlantic salmon flies

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    My flies are done and will go out in the mail tomorrow.
  13. Will Atlas Guest

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    got them cameron. they look great. I've gotta finish up some school work before I can really get down to the tying. I need to send some guys PMs to make sure they're still game.

    Will
  14. D3Smartie Active Member

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    whats the deal here Will? are we still on? i know CD sent in his flies, mine are here and ready to go if we still are on.
    I can take over and run the swap if you are too busy with school if that would help you out. :confused:
  15. bhudda heffe'

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    got room for one more?
  16. Will Atlas Guest

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    Bhudda. Halycon dropped out so there is room for one more if you want, we love to have you. I'll organize. My address is

    621 16th Ave E
    Seattle WA, 98112

    Thanks Fellas,
    Will
  17. bhudda heffe'

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    i just realized how old this thread is, wow. ill get mine done by the 2nd week in may if that works for folks. deerhair tube skater.
  18. Will Atlas Guest

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    sweet, glad to have you
  19. Will Atlas Guest

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    I got thewakers flies, they're phenomenal. hows everyone else doing?

    Will
  20. D3Smartie Active Member

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    whats going on will?