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Kingaling
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Wed May 08, 2019 10:49 am

A mate gave me some old jig heads so I tried my hand at tying some Skutes, anyone else given it a go much?

I tried tying it in a "clouser" style more akin to something found in salt water fly fishing. These are used to target Kahawai, Snapper, Gurnard and Trevally, depending how you fish them. Although the jig head will probably make the fly a bit heavy for targeting Trevally.

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Wed May 08, 2019 11:57 am

Cool... thanks for sharing.. will be interested to see how they go !
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Wed May 08, 2019 2:33 pm

Yep. Made a few. This one is Zonker strip, bucktail, feather and synthetic.
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Kingaling
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Wed May 08, 2019 4:02 pm

Beautiful! Looks pretty deadly. A lot bulkier than mine, perhaps I need to flesh it out a bit next time.

Also, is that colour scheme French, American or Dutch?
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Mon May 20, 2019 9:51 am

Well I took the Skute out for a crack on Saturday morning from Narrowneck beach. The plan was to flick the skute around on my softbait rod and have an orange slider hanging below.

The fishing was pretty quiet for me that day (not sure if it's because the skute wasn't working or the fish weren't around) Fortunately I did get some action on the skute, although it was a bit frustrating.

I briefly hooked into what felt like a nice snapper on the drop, it pulled a bit of line before the line went slack and it had got off!

Then I was trolling the skute behind me while shifting spot and hooked up on what was most likely a kahawai, but that got off too..

Finally I picked up a Gurnard on my skute, just letting it drag along the bottom. First gurnard I've caught in a while so I was stoked with that.

So the Skute worked, but not the feeding frenzy I had hoped for.. I've got some zonker strips coming in the mail, and some maribou so looking forward to tying up some more.

I did pick up a pan snapper on the slider also.

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Kingaling
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Thu Jun 06, 2019 9:39 am

Caught a rat king while trolling this skute on Monday. Just need a Kahawai and a Snapper on it now!
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Mon Jun 17, 2019 9:43 am

Another fish to the species list on this same Skute. (nearly two) - I'm loving this lure, can't wait to make some more.

Awesome fun catching snapper on it in the kelp, hooked up on a John Dori as well but the hook pulled near the surface!

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Thu Jun 20, 2019 6:36 am

Pretty cool man. I just did a trip up north with some mates, one of whom caught his PB on the Saturday morning, then topped that on the Sunday morning both on Skutes he'd tied himself. He was kind enough to tie one for me a few months back but I lost it after 3 casts haha.

Looking forward to seeing how this develops!

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Wed Jul 03, 2019 8:54 am

Made some more last night, hopefully these will do the business. Tried to make it a bit bulkier to target the bigger snaps. I hear they like pink.

This is Marrabou, zonker, deer hair and flash. With some fabulous pink nail polish from the $2 shop.

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Sat Jul 06, 2019 12:02 am

Skutes are awesome fun and they catch fish.
Have a couple of videos on them enjoy:



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Tue Jul 09, 2019 2:33 pm

Onya Rob, I've seen all your clips. These are what got me interested in tying skutes in the first place.

Took the first skute out again on the weekend (Still using the same one from the very first pic). Fishing was a bit quiet until it caught me 2x Kahwai.

Officially caught a Gurnard, Kingfish (rat), Snapper, and Kahawai - that's 4 species all on one skute. (nearly got a John Dory too)

Unfortunately I lost my lucky skute to some foul ground at Army bay. Had to tie up some more!

This is an improved version of the first one, longer tail and more body to it, took a bit more time and patience with this one and really happy with the result.
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Wondering if I should paint the jig head bright pink or not..
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Kayak Rob
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Thu Jul 11, 2019 7:33 pm

Kingaling wrote:
Tue Jul 09, 2019 2:33 pm
Onya Rob, I've seen all your clips. These are what got me interested in tying skutes in the first place.
Thanks and awesome to hear that my video got you motivated.

Some great results for you and as far as painting the heads seems to help so go for it
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Kingaling
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Mon Jul 29, 2019 10:38 am

Latest Skute. Can't wait to get it in the water!

Really happy with this one, building on the success of the first design. Bulked up the head of the fly with some foam and pink chenille, and a zonker strip wrapped around the head.

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Mon Jul 29, 2019 1:22 pm

Nice work. Half the fun is in the tying.
The natural materials really fluff and pulse in the water but they do lose their bulk a lot more than synthetic swf stuff.
Way less buoyant than soft baits I find I need lighter heads to sink slow but then there’s not the weight for casting. The foam is a good idea.
Keep at it . I’m enjoying your posts. Cheers.
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Kingaling
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Tue Jul 30, 2019 2:01 pm

I think I'm addicted.. a mate gave me a bunch of slider skirts, so I tied this up for him. Very tempted to keep it for myself.

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Fri Aug 02, 2019 8:20 am

Couple pics of my own made owns work well on all sortsImageImageImage

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Kingaling
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Fri Aug 02, 2019 8:28 am

Very nice Dino!
I like that orange one, what have you used for that shiny meshy body?
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Fri Aug 02, 2019 9:59 am

Kingaling wrote:Very nice Dino!
I like that orange one, what have you used for that shiny meshy body?
It's called uv mesh tubeing it expands ua can fill it up with feathers or flasher strings to make tails and fins if you want I also use uv dud and uv string.cheers mate

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Fri Aug 02, 2019 10:47 am

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Thu Aug 08, 2019 7:30 pm

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These aren’t pretty but they do the trick, added a big of silly leg which gives em a good wiggle. Dark contrasting colours seem to work well too.
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