Skater design

Discussion in 'Steelhead' started by Creatch'r, Jul 23, 2014.

  1. Creatch'r

    Creatch'r Heavies...

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    Spent some quality time with dry flies yesterday playing around between foam and deer hair and various hitches, did some twitching, greased a steelhead caddis in the film... Good times. Great water. Found new water. Great weather. Several trout. No steel. Gonna start using the single hander a little more. Summer is fun. Thanks for the replies gentlemen.
     
  2. Evan Burck

    Evan Burck Fudge Dragon

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    I've been rediscovering the single hander this year. I'm finding I actually prefer it in many places, like the spot you skated that brat out of a few weeks ago.
     
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    sopflyfisher, they don't make single hand rods that speycast well anymore in 7wt and up...maybe in glass. Everything I see is fast and therefore useless, except Burkie DAL's, old RPL's and Scott G's. Spey's will always be better with surface flies unless you're fishing small water. Better control, DT's are the key for both. Best single hand steelhead setup I've ever fished is an RPL 8100-3 with an old Cortland DT8, close to perfect in every way if you're looking to skate, wake or gurgle.
     
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    G Loomis FR 1178 - GL3
     
  5. CLO

    CLO Future WFF Mod

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    This post lacks skagitude.

    But seriously, sometimes a single hander is all you need.
     
  6. Creatch'r

    Creatch'r Heavies...

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    I have a brand new SA steelhead taper collecting dust in the mancave for my 690-4 custom I think I'm gonna string up. Ive got plenty of room to cast now that the rivers are drying up. I used to have the same line on a 796-4 RPL several years ago that I loved casting. Otherwise all I use for dry line stuff is my 6119 tcx and she is spiritual with a 390 scandi or rage compact.
     
  7. Pat Lat

    Pat Lat Mad Flyentist

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    My single hander definitely had skagitude this last march IMAG0162_1.jpg
     
  8. Jeremy Floyd

    Jeremy Floyd fly fishing my way through life

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    Get an 8 wt DS2 sage, or a GL3 Loomis, and you will greatly enjoy proving yourself wrong..
     
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    I use a southbend 59-9 when I go chase steel
     
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    Careful with those wild kelts!
     
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    Pat Lat Mad Flyentist

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    That fish must have been quick to go up and spawn in early march, then get back down the system with out getting a bit of color, but yeah I was careful. Maybe it was just the single hander that made it feel like it was fighting hard, even if it was post spawn (which its slenderness suggests.)
    But anyways, the fight on a single hander can't be beat IMO.
     
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    Steelhead "rebright" quickly to that pale shade post spawn, but it's the thrashed anal fin (can't see the tail), missing scales and skinny belly that indicate she has dropped her eggs. Looks like a kind release- didn't mean to imply otherwise.
     
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    bennysbuddy the sultan of swing

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    Just what is Skagitude?
     
  14. Pat Lat

    Pat Lat Mad Flyentist

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    No offense taken here, I didn't know that about hens re brighting so quick though. That was my first landed wild steelhead and trust me it didn't fight like it had spawned already. This was my first season of making a real go at steelheading all swinging flies on a singlehander. I caught a hatchery kelt out of the sky that fought like a rag, then had a big buck tear through 12lb flouro like it was nothing on my first op trip(I actually got to see it come up and smash my fly), I had my drag way too tight for that take :) then this hen on my next trip, jumped 6-7times with a couple of runs in between.
    God steelhead are awesome, you spey guys need to ditch those 13ft casting crutches and pick that singlehander up more often. ;)

    My next steelhead WILL be on a skated pattern I'm sure of it, and we'll most definitely only have ten foot of rod between us.
    Im really looking forward to experimenting with patterns, and appreciate the info shared in this thread about subtle design differences. This forum is an awesome resource, I learn new and exciting stuff all the time.
    Thank you everyone who takes the time to share.
     
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    Pat Lat Mad Flyentist

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    I dunno, I'm guessing its a form of pseudo coolness that comes with casting rridiculously short, heavy heads and tips. Every toolbox needs a hammer though, and the Skagit head is definitely not a ball peen, more of a sledgehammer. No grace at all, but man does it launch bunnys and chickens.