It's gonna happen.
Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: Clark Fork, Missouri, Clearwater, Central PA springs, Lycoming Creek is home.
I tend to pick up trout on the hangdown when fishing dries, especially just above the tailout. I'm constantly amazed at the lack of trout I catch on traditional wet flies, at least on my steelhead rivers. I know if I swung my home trout rivers with some of those patterns, I'd definitely catch some trout on them. In fact, I know folks that swing Purple Perils for trout on the Mo.
As for skating flies and trout, I always tell my trout clients to leave their attractor foam dries in the water whenever I ferry to the other side of the river and let them drag. Never ceases to amaze me how many fish will slam a skating chubby, and sometimes they are big fish. I plan to tie a few of these specifically for skating this year. I also tied up one of Todd's wakers a bit smaller in skwala colors, but our current blowout is putting a damper on the R & D for that idea. A lot of stoneflies, especially wingless males, can basically walk on the surface, so it's an actual imitative technique. We have a fly here created by John Faust called the Freddy that is pretty much an imitation of this, albeit normally fished as a deaddrift dry fly.
"Science is magic that works." - Kurt Vonnegut