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POM, Skater
 

Ska-Opper, Black  

Ska-Opper, Brown
Gerath's Curb Feeler
Gerath's Curb Feeler


Merser's October Skater

 Twitcher
Twitcher
 
Moose Turd Waking Fly
Moose Turd
Paulson's Titanic
Paulson's Titanic
Wake And Bake 
Wake And Bake
Waking Flies for Steelhead & Salmon, best quality available at any price!
These flies are designed to bring Steelhead and Atlantic Salmon to the surface.
About Waking Flies  

Gerath's Curb Feeler
Curb feelers or curb finders are springs or wires installed on a vehicle which act as "whiskers" to warn drivers that they are too close to the curb or other obstruction.
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37-0720-06 Gerath's Curb Feeler 6 3 for $7.49 

Paulson's Titanic
Interview with: Jay Paulson
1. What were you trying to accomplish with this fly design? Or what fishing problem or situation were you trying to solve in designing this fly?
"I got sick of skating flies sinking on me right as they reached the "zone." One day as Ken Morrish and I were planning for a trip to B.C. he challenged me to a friendly contest on who could raise a steelhead to the most unusual fly. After weeks of trying to come up with something, I woke up one morning with the idea of using a boat hull. I brought some prototypes on the trip and actually rose some steelhead to it!"

 2. How does your fly solve the problem?
"The design of the Titanic makes it literally dance over the water, even through choppy water that you normally would never dream of skating a fly. I am just starting to explore other applications for this design!"
3. How should an angler fish this fly for the best results? (What techniques should be employed when fishing this fly?)
"Cast down and across and let the fly swing. Try working this fly in faster, choppier water than you would other patterns. Use a bit of floatant to really keep it riding high. If it does go under (rarely!) give it some slack and it should pop back up."
4. When (what conditions) should an angler fish this fly for best results?
"Works well in low-light conditions, but then again, fish may rise anytime!"
5. Where (what kind of rivers? what kind of water?) should an angler fish this fly for best results? "Medium depth to shallow water, pools, riffles, runs and tailouts."
6. Any other information about this fly you would like to share with the general public?
"2006 yielded a 23 pound steelhead to the Titanic on the Babine river -- that was the fish of a lifetime for that angler. The Titanic has also landed atlantic salmon, rainbows, browns, cutthroat, searun cutthroat, bass, dolly varden, and even baby tarpon!"
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SIG1137 Paulson's Titanic 6 3 for $8.85 

Mercer's October Caddis Skater
Three of these flies just magically showed up in my "waker box". I can't remember who gave them to me, but it probably was the Umpqua Feather Merchants rep. I get samples from fly reps all of the time. Last August, I decided to try one while fishing the Deschutes for steelhead. It took about ten casts to prove its worth with a fish to my hand. More fish followed in short order, and this little foam headed thing became my go-to fly. It took half the season to figure out where they came from. By the end of the season my sample flies were pretty well chewed up.
It seems as this fly wakes best when attached with a small non-tightening loop knot.
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11622 Mercer's October Caddis Skater 8 3 for $14.95
How To Fish Mercer's October Caddis Skater: Video

POM Skater, Nightshade
This may be on of the most adaptable waking flies ever devised. The main part of the body is constructed from sealed cell foam, which makes the fly virtually unsinkable unless weight is added. No riffle hitch needs to be added.
It seems as this fly wakes best when attached with a small non-tightening loop knot.

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SIG1888 POM Skater, Nightshade 6 3 for $7.50

POM Skater, October Caddis
This fly looks like the giant fall caddis from a steelhead's perspective. It can be deadly during the fall, or any other time as well because it can also look like a stonefly during the spring and summer months.


It seems as this fly wakes best when attached with a small non-tightening loop knot.

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SIG0081 POM Skater, October Caddis 6 3 for $7.50
Kenny Morrish says about his POM Skater: "The number one reason that steelheaders don’t catch steelhead on dries is that they fail to tie them on in the first place. The second reason they fail is that when they do tie them on, they lack the needed confidence to fish them hard. Your typical angler will fish a tip for days without a pull but never question the act of fishing a wet fly and tip. That same angler might fish one or two fishless runs with a dry and switch back to a wet fly in hopes of being more effective. Then, by giving the tip and the wet fly more time in the water, they fulfill the prophecy and make fishing the wet fly seemingly more effective. The third reason is bound up in preconceptions about water temperatures. Some anglers draw the line at 50 degrees, others at 45 but all these lines are arbitrary, unfounded and misleading. Likewise, many anglers who fish in BC seem to think that come October 1st that steelhead no longer eat dries! I laugh aloud at that one.
Last season I fished the Sustut and Skeena in mid October through the heart of a brutal cold snap. Water temps were dropping hard but when we came to a legendary tailout on the Skeena, I couldn’t bear to see it fished through first with a tip. It just seemed wrong. So, being a gentleman, I volunteered to fish it through first with the dry. My companions were happy to oblige. The ice had just melted out of the guides minute before, and the water temp was 36 degrees. They watched me gently chug my go to Pom Skater across the greasy water for three casts and on the fourth we all saw the buck’s big nose gently rise and drop, barley leaving ring. And while those were far from the best dry fly conditions of the season, it proved to be my best fish of the season. The one thing I can say with some certainty is that if I hadn’t tied the dry on and fished it with confidence, I never would have caught the fish pictured on a dry!"

 Wake And Bake
This fly is purely unsinkable
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16564 Wake And Bake 3 for $7.49 

Twitcher
This little fly was designed to be riffle-hitched, and is often twitched across the surface by raising and lowering the rod tip. On rivers such as the Deschutes this technique will often raise steelhead that ignore other flies and presentations.

Twitcher

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ST315 Twitcher 6 3 for $7.49

This buck steelhead fell for the Titcher

Moose Turd Waking Fly

Moose Turd Waking Fly
Hook: TMC 7989, #6
Thread: Black 3/0 Uni
Tail: White Calf Tail
Body: Black Dyed Deer Hair
Rib: none

Hackle: none
Wing:  White Calf Tail
Head:  Black, Very Small
Tying Instructions: The bundle of white calf tail is stacked to bring the tips as even as possible.  The tips will form the tail of the fly

and the butts of the hair will form the forward facing wing.  It is imperative to wrap the calf tail to the hook very sequrely and evenly so that it does not turn on the hook shank as the deer hair body is spun on over the top of it.  Lift the forward facing wing 45-degrees to the hook and then wrap the wing base for approximately 1/8" to stiffen it and hold it in place.Wings with larger volumes of hair create more resistance and thus more lift in the

Moose Turd
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currents.  Bulkier flies tend to wake better in rougher water.  For the body choose deer hair that has a fairly coarse texture. Remove any under-fur. Be sure to the hair is dyed all the way to the hide.  Even the butts of the hair and trim off the tips.  The base of the hair is much more hollow than the tips and will spin and flare better.  The black deer hair is spun over the foundation crated by the calf tail.  While spinning the deer hair body, you may have to help it around the hook because of the bulk created by the calf tail foundation.  Pack the deer hair bundles tightly.  Trim body to a fat tapered cigar shape. Denser bodies are slicker when trimmed and will slide across the surface of the river more easily. 
Washington angler, Bill McMillan is credited with developing this "bomber" style steelhead waking fly called the Moose Turd.  The Moose Turd has perhaps become the most popular steelhead waking fly used in the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia.  The starkly contrasting black and white colors make this fly visible in nearly every light condition.  The stiff up-turned front wing gives this pattern a lot of lift so that it slides across the current. As with most waking flies, Moose Turds perform best when riffle hitched and fished across glassy tail-outs.  Moose Turds also fish well without being "hitched".  They are often effective even when fished on textured surfaces.  On the average, smaller Moose Turds will out fish larger ones.

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02184-06 Moose Turd Waking Fly 6 3 for $8.85
02184-08 Moose Turd Waking Fly 8 3 for $8.85

About Waking Flies
 
Surface fishing for steelhead is exciting and can be very productive during certain water conditions. These conditions happen on most rivers during the summer months when water temperatures and flows are moderate. Rivers, which contain a high percentage of wild steelhead from June through October, are the best bet. Wild steelheads seem more prone to rise to the surface than do hatchery fish. 
 

In steelhead vernacular "Dry Flies" are fished up-stream and dead drifted, much like fishing for trout. Some steelhead have been taken by this method. However, flies, which are fished down-stream (under tension from the line and current), have proven more productive under most conditions. All of the flies listed above can be fished as true "dry flies".

A "Damp Fly" rides in the surface film. It is often cast slightly upstream and then led across the current under light tension down-stream of the angler. This method is called "Greased Line Fishing". Flies that are best suited for this approach incorporate semi-buoyant materials in their dressing. Greased Liners and Caddis lend themselves well to this presentation.

 A "Waking Fly" is usually presented down stream so that it will make a V-shaped disturbance in the surface film. Waking flies are often "Riffle Hitched". A riffle hitch is a series of knots, which changes the attitude of the fly/leader connection so that the fly pulls at an angle to the current. In this way the fly will always seek the path of least resistance which is the surface. The most commonly used riffle hitch is made when the fly is tied on in the conventional manner and then two half hitches are added behind the eye of the hook. However, these half hitches can be placed behind the head of the fly or even behind the wing to change the angle. In this manner even very slender flies can be riffled…if you have fast smooth water and can cast a very straight line. Flies, which are constructed from buoyant materials and shaped to resist the flow of the water, are easiest to use where the surface is textured. These flies tend to ride higher. Often the entire fly is visible above the surface. All of the flies listed in this section are commonly riffle hitched. The shape of the fly will determine which is best suited for a particular water type. You should carry a complete selection.
Pay close attention to the "POM Skater" as it can be fished with or without a riffle hitch and will wake on many different current speeds.  They are flies that fish a wide variety of conditions very well.

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