|Spring and early summer yields catches of hatchery rainbows on my local stretch of the McKenzie. My grey caddis wang did these mutants in as I do my part to get rid of these inferior fish that have no place on a wild river like the McKenzie.|
|Grey Caddis and October Caddis versions of my skater.|
|Side view of the grey caddis wang, tied on a size 10, Mustad S80 hook (3906 equivalent)|
Late spring and early summer are the in between time that has me dusting off my trout gear. This year is looking to be pretty dismal as to the hatchery summer run on my local rivers so I have embraced an extended period of chasing trout.
I am still a surface nut, even with trout, so I have a tough time even resorting soft hackle wets fished in the film. It's tough being a wanna be purist as I have difficulty escaping my self imposed visions of what constitutes beauty and grace in fishing.
Since I figure trout are like small steelhead, I approach fishing for them as if I am skating for steelhead, but on a miniature scale. I use my single hand rods in 4, 5, and 6wt and most often load them with appropriate Wulff Ambush lines. On a couple of my older rods, I removed the butt caps and fabricated a lower handle to convert them into trout switches.
I also downsize my favorite foam skater accordingly and go with natural colors. I have been tying my trout skaters on size 10 Mustad S80/3906 hooks. I notice alot of grey hued caddis during this time of year so I have tried tying my fly with grey yarn for the body and medium dun cow elk in the wings with black Krystal flash and black cactus chenielle. The little grey skater has been well received by my local trout.
I have been having a blast seeing trout attack my skaters with aggressive surface attacks, again it's steelhead skating, mini version.
For some reason I have yet to find redsides on the Deschutes to be receptive to skating methods, but closer to home, the redsides and cutthroat go after my tiny skaters with gusto.
If you haven't given trout skating a shot, you should, it's not all about steelhead, or is it?