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Foam Skaters

I tied some foam skaters for the first time. I think I need to clean and refine them a bit. What do you think? Any suggestions?

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Looks pretty buggy to me. I especially like the top one.
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They look fine. Just listened to a podcast with a Lea Spencer interview. He spends his days watching over the Dynamite Hole on Steamboat Creak. He notice steelhead will grab at various objects floating through the pool. After a while they will ignore objects which look familiar. Otherwise having a fly the looks different than all the production quality flies can be an advantage.
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They look fine. Just listened to a podcast with a Lea Spencer interview. He spends his days watching over the Dynamite Hole on Steamboat Creak. He notice steelhead will grab at various objects floating through the pool. After a while they will ignore objects which look familiar. Otherwise having a fly the looks different than all the production quality flies can be an advantage.
I just listened to the same podcast. Was a good listen for sure. It was amazing to hear that they would grab just about anything until they new what it was then completely ignore it afterwards. They smallest detail change will peak they're interest again until they learn it.

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I have found the only way to find out is to test swing them. It always amazes me how two skaters that appear to be identical can somehow react differently through the same swing. The cleanest 'perfectly' tied fly may be a dud during the swing while the ugliest crude foam turd would pop and twitch well to entice the strike. Of course it might all depend on how you hold your mouth and your left leg...

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Is this tied on a hook or shank?

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Is this tied on a hook or shank?
Hook. I don't know if there would be an advantage to tie on a shank.

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Tube type dries make a lot of sense though. You could get away with a strong, small hook.
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Tube type dries make a lot of sense though. You could get away with a strong, small hook.
I suppose a shank would provide the same options as a tube.

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i first looked at the pics on my phone and couldn't figure out why you had grizzly hackle wings coming off the head, then looked on the PC and noticed it was the turkey feather in the background, LOL, nice looking skater, cameron
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Looks buggy enough for sure! It'll catch!

Try tying a couple on down-eye streamer/heavy nymph hooks. Tie the tippet on with an open loop knot. The down-eye and open loop knot really help the fly to chug/pop/wiggle as much as possible. You get tons of movement without having to manipulate your rod or line much. Trout and bass both absolutely destroy these type of flies for me (and hopefully steelhead one day).
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Looks buggy enough for sure! It'll catch!

Try tying a couple on down-eye streamer/heavy nymph hooks. Tie the tippet on with an open loop knot. The down-eye and open loop knot really help the fly to chug/pop/wiggle as much as possible. You get tons of movement without having to manipulate your rod or line much. Trout and bass both absolutely destroy these type of flies for me (and hopefully steelhead one day).
For sure they will destroy these flys. I tie something similar with a couple three inches of craft store leather for a tail. I think the tail is there for me more than the fish but the bass and larger trout will crush these especially if cast into some deadfall on the river.
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Nice skaters! The profile will create a nice wake. I like the foam/deer hair combo for high floatability.

Good work Dan!
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Dan !!
Those are ubber buggy

I gotta get some foam and try it in hand


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Dan !!
Those are ubber buggy

I gotta get some foam and try it in hand


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It's just some dollar store foam I came across. 12x12in and several colours. I cut some "wedges" out of the sheets in different lengths. I think it will work quite well.

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