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Trout skating

With low steelhead returns on my local river, I have turned to skating for my local trout. I been using mostly 4,5,6wt single handers and my old sage 490 rpl and loomis 9'5wt imx as switch conversions using a removable butt. My little wang skaters in size 10 have been getting it done.
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Great stuff Todd !!
Hopefully I'll be able to get to the river soon with Celeste to try the same
Looks like a lot of fun !!


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Had the same idea! I was planning on tying some smaller ones exactly like that since I'm going to MT in a few weeks. Last year I caught a bunch of fish one day, and one beast, swinging when nobody on the river was doing that. If I can skate up some on my dedicated "contrary day" in front of those guys Czech nymphing with all the gadgets and nets hanging off them it will be a blast! After all I have actual, non-metaphorical screws in my head now.
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I'm going to be skating my ass off as soon as the water drops a little. That looks like tremendous fun.

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How did you make the removable fighting butt?

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Dang, you just shifted my trout fishing paradigm. If a skated fly can induce a steelhead to strike, why not a trout? Any chance you could post your fly recipe?

Thanks!
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Having dislocated my shoulder and unable to cast a spey rod, I have resorted to a 17ft 2 handed Tenkara/Keiryu rod with a fixed line for skating for trout, slightly different approach but same results, skating flies are a blast, any which way you chose to do it

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Dang, you just shifted my trout fishing paradigm. If a skated fly can induce a steelhead to strike, why not a trout? Any chance you could post your fly recipe?

Thanks!
Todd has beautiful instructions on his blog. Since I have had this bookmarked for the past year here it is :

DRY LINE STEELHEAD - OREGON: Purely Functional Skater (aka Little Wang) Step by Step

As nice a set of instruction as you could ask for. Size for trout as appropriate I suppose.

BTW, the craft foam on Amazon is the same stuff, and you can get a decades supply of all kind of colors, provided you don't want something with too naturalistic a color, for the price of one or two of those "fly tying" foam sheets. Everything costs 5-10 times more once you lable it as related to fly fishing.
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Great stuff Todd !!
Hopefully I'll be able to get to the river soon with Celeste to try the same
Looks like a lot of fun !!


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Thanks Mike, trout skating should be lots of fun with the sweet little Meiser trout spey!
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Had the same idea! I was planning on tying some smaller ones exactly like that since I'm going to MT in a few weeks. Last year I caught a bunch of fish one day, and one beast, swinging when nobody on the river was doing that. If I can skate up some on my dedicated "contrary day" in front of those guys Czech nymphing with all the gadgets and nets hanging off them it will be a blast! After all I have actual, non-metaphorical screws in my head now.
Let us know how trout skating in MT goes, wished I was going! No need for Czech nymphing when trout will attack skaters!


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I'm going to be skating my ass off as soon as the water drops a little. That looks like tremendous fun.
Trout skating is alot of fun! It is like skating for steelhead but on a miniature scale with those aggressive rises, plus there is a better chance of catching something when you are targeting trout.


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The one pictured is prefabbed from anglers roost. I modified it by putting a piece of rod blank in it that fits in the bottom of the rod.
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Dang, you just shifted my trout fishing paradigm. If a skated fly can induce a steelhead to strike, why not a trout? Any chance you could post your fly recipe?

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That was my thought process exactly! I just downsized my gear and flies to suit chasing trout. In my waters, it is possible to hook into steelhead while trout fishing so I am always open to hooking into a steelhead by accident!


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Having dislocated my shoulder and unable to cast a spey rod, I have resorted to a 17ft 2 handed Tenkara/Keiryu rod with a fixed line for skating for trout, slightly different approach but same results, skating flies are a blast, any which way you chose to do it
Tenkara skating sounds like fun!


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Todd has beautiful instructions on his blog. Since I have had this bookmarked for the past year here it is :

DRY LINE STEELHEAD - OREGON: Purely Functional Skater (aka Little Wang) Step by Step

As nice a set of instruction as you could ask for. Size for trout as appropriate I suppose.

BTW, the craft foam on Amazon is the same stuff, and you can get a decades supply of all kind of colors, provided you don't want something with too naturalistic a color, for the price of one or two of those "fly tying" foam sheets. Everything costs 5-10 times more once you lable it as related to fly fishing.
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Thanks for linking my SBS, I am homored that you bookmarked it!

I may have to check Amazon for foam, I seem to go through alot of it.

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