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has anyone ever found a mouse in the belly of a brat ? and does anyone skate a mouse pattern, or are they too bulky for a good hookup?
exactly the pattern i was thinking of. i fish a #6 alot for montana trout, skates, pops and chugs like a champ, leaves a great wake, very castable and visible. i just use a loop knot, no need to hitch. even midday in bright sun, big fish,especially rainbows (could there be a connection there ?) will attack it. why i thought it would be great for steelhead too. and yes, setting the hook should be left to the fish.I think a small Moorish mouse would make a great steelhead skater.
The "do not set the hook" thing is the key for mouse or articulated Sculpin both. We are fishing for what F&G calls rainbow / steelhead trout and they are steelhead size in some cases. Many fish are pricked by folks trying to set when they feel or see a fish. It's a game of nerves and you just gotta wait until they hook themselves.I haven't for steelhead, but skated a bunch in AK for rainbows, char, slivers, and grayling. They miss as much or more than they hook up, but that's the nature of the game. DO NOT SET THE HOOK. Let them take the fly and hook themselves as they turn away.
its really a game of laziness. gotta do nothing, nada. the fish either hooks itself, or not. how i hook all my steelhead and trout on the swing. lazy comes easy for me. stripping streamers, also. except instead of nothing, its doing nothing different, just continue to strip. same with swinging soft hackles, and sometimes skating dries. in fact, most tight line presentations period. so , back on track, has anyone found a mouse in a brat? has anyone skated the morrish mouse for steelhead?"do not set the hook"It's a game of nerves and you just gotta wait until they hook themselves.