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CatskilljonMarch 26th, 2014, 10:03 pm
Upstate NY

Posts: 160
Here are some oldies that you don't see anymore. Originated by Hewitt to imitate butterflies he watched trout come completely out of the water for in big slow pools, they are hell to cast but the ultimate dry fly thrill to catch trout on. These are 2 inches or more in diameter. One of the reasons you don't see these anymore is the advent of "genetic" hackle. When chickens are bred for long densely fibered feathers, the stiff spade feathers go away. Me and a few guys are always on the lookout for "skater hackle" and once and awhile I come across some.

These are tied on #16 up eyed hooks [Mustad 94843's] similar to what Hewitt used which were Allcocks. 4X short-3X fine wire for floatability, his theory was that small trout didn't have the clamping force to crush the hackles and only "big" trout would be hooked.
I myself found this out firsthand at Junction Pool in Roscoe a few years ago. With the pool to myself and trout rising all around to a decent caddis fly hatch, I tied one of these on and for about an hour had the most exciting time as the 8-10 inch fish slashed at these flies. I hooked only one, but the thrill of the continuous splashy hits were really fun. These are meant to be stripped in much like how you would fish a streamer, to keep it "high and dry".

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TctroutMarch 27th, 2014, 6:37 am
Posts: 28John, thanks as always for sharing some "oldies but goodies!" I can't even imagine casting these, as I'm sure your tippet would be pretty useless afterwards.

My Uncle John sends his regards, and is already talking about the Catskill Gathering for next September.

Hope all is well,

OldredbarnMarch 27th, 2014, 12:06 pm
Novi, MI

Posts: 2608
These are interesting. I have watched trout smash mating dragonflies in the early summer months. I bet these would work then. :)

There seem to be times when the small brooks are keyed into high riding flies. Seems odd considering all the discussion of Emergers and cripples etc. Skittered caddis, small dry yellow sallies and olive stones can really get their attention. Sometimes a day saver when little else seems to be happening.

"Even when my best efforts fail it's a satisfying challenge, and that, after all, is the essence of fly fishing." -Chauncy Lively

"Envy not the man who lives beside the river, but the man the river flows through." Joseph T Heywood
WbranchMarch 27th, 2014, 12:46 pm
York & Starlight PA

Posts: 2733
As always CJ ties lovely flies. These aren't skaters but traditional fully hackled variants tied from an Art Flick recipe.

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Hook - Mustad 98440 #10
Thread - Yellow 6/0 monocord
Tail - Microfibbets
Body - Stripped Coachman hackle
Hackle - One each Coachman Brown, Grizzly, and Ginger blended
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
Jmd123March 27th, 2014, 11:51 pm
Oscoda, MI

Posts: 2611
As always, very nice flies there gentlemen. Wow, I like those skaters, they would be great for crane flies and phantom crane flies, just bounce them across the surface...

Matt, that's also a nice one. Seems like that could make a Red Quill/male Hendrickson pattern under the right circumstances.

Man, I gotta get my stuff out and start tying. We're still in the deep freeze here though, so it might still be a while before I'm throwing flies...

No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...

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