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Skier in hand

Built this one and a few more.



Tied it in hand for fishing this season. An easy pattern, very simple ... just my style



The turkey slips gave me a bit of grief ... but then lined up enough to swing.
Dressed long, thin and sparse on a modern Limerick, should be the ticket when the waters run clear.
Moving on to the next pattern ...


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A splendid fire-tailed whisp of a pattern Mike! Sure to draw some attention!

Best of luck!
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i know a place i would swing that this fall, cameron
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Great Skier Mike, reminds me I need to tie up some more. It's another pattern I've been using but havent had any luck with, YET!
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Great Skier Mike, reminds me I need to tie up some more. It's another pattern I've been using but havent had any luck with, YET!
First time I tied a Skier, I brought it to the river the next morning and three swings later I was a believer
It was enough to entice a feisty hen who was resting behind a rock on her way back down river.
It's one of those simple patterns with general materials we all have on hand ... no exotic stuff. The original pattern actually does not call for JC nails ... I like to add them for my own confidence.
I find the Skier to be an excellent clear water pattern and it reduces down well using a shorter shank to more of a traditional wet fly profile. Great for resident trout or finicky east coast salar

Thanks for the compliments gents, much appreciated


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Really cool pattern!
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Hi Mike,

Fine looking sparse pattern of a Skier. Your slips look perfect. At first, I thought you were tying another Akroyd pattern. The second picture resolved the question. What was your hook size/length?

The Skier could be an alternative to the Pelletier salmon fly. I have seen the Pelletier produce quite nicely at twilight on the Gaspé.

Interesting that you mention your turkey slips giving you a bit of grief. I have noticed on many of my Akroyd patterns with mottled turkey tail feather wings that the slips start to twist over a period of time (~1 year). The original condition was flat and straight. Now, they have twisted into partial cork screws. Is this due to the quality of tail feather that I am using or the length of the slip? Many times the slip is twice as long as what I need and the tip of the feather gets very thin.

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That was not a bad cast. I was just casting to the nearby fish.
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I love how sparse that is Mike! I’m thinking St Mary’s
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Clean and mean, very nice
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Hi Mike,

Fine looking sparse pattern of a Skier. Your slips look perfect. At first, I thought you were tying another Akroyd pattern. The second picture resolved the question. What was your hook size/length?

The Skier could be an alternative to the Pelletier salmon fly. I have seen the Pelletier produce quite nicely at twilight on the Gaspé.

Interesting that you mention your turkey slips giving you a bit of grief. I have noticed on many of my Akroyd patterns with mottled turkey tail feather wings that the slips start to twist over a period of time (~1 year). The original condition was flat and straight. Now, they have twisted into partial cork screws. Is this due to the quality of tail feather that I am using or the length of the slip? Many times the slip is twice as long as what I need and the tip of the feather gets very thin.

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Thank you Doug for the kind words
The hook is a #2 Daiichi 2271 and in my opinion, perfect for showing the Dee fly in clear water to finicky fish.
Many turkey slips twist around when they dry after a day of swinging. Mostly due to being put away wet, but do not fret !! Just tie them on you tippet again and get them wet, they will regain their position. If not, once they are wet, you can gently stroke the slips straight. They fish fine afterwards.


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Lovely Skier, Mike. Top notch tying as always.

Your success with the pattern in the river is no surprise; I have never tied up a Skier but James Reid gifted me one of his...wow, did it look amazing in the water (especially that tippet tail).
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That Reid fellow can really tie, can't he
Thanks Adrian for your kind words.
The Skier certainly "glows" once in the water ... something about those tippets and white wings


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Skier...

I must agree with all the rest here...great job on this.
I always have a couple of these in my little box of Dee's which I have to admit I don't always carry anymore. Maybe I'll rethink this for the late spring fishing soon to come.
This is one of those patterns that expresses the essence of "less is more..."

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