The skitter is one of the easiest and effective techniques to employ in both dry fly and nymph fishing.
- Complete your dead drift
- Let the current bring your nymph to the surface
- Raise your rod up slightly to put some tension on the fly line
- Gently move your rod tip back and forth in about a 3 inch arc either side of the rod when it is straight out from you.
- Stop the rod at each end of the arc for a moment and give any fish following a chance to strike
- The back and forth motion will swim the fly about one to two feet back and forth.
- Repeat the back and forth motion about 3 to 6 times before casting back up stream again
- The back and forth motion will sometimes trigger a strike from a fish that has followed a fly downstream and not hit it.
Dry Fly Fishing
- Complete your drift
- Follow steps 3 through 7 from the nymph fishing procedure before casting upstream.
The Skitter is a simple and effective technique to practice and it will often result in a good fish.Trout will oftentimes drift backwards with a fly inspecting it before deciding to eat it. I once watched a 20 inch rainbow on the South Platte follow my fly for 20 feet before taking it.
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