PAUSE BEFORE YOU STRIKE
Takes can be explosive. A fish can slam the fly with its whole body in the air. But my favourite rise is a head-and-tail roll when a good salmon hardly breaks the surface, sipping the fly like a brown trout taking a dry-fly. These gentle rises are most common when small flies are fished slowly. Resist the temptation to lift when you see the fish – easier said than done when adrenaline is pumping. Wait until you feel the fish before setting the hook. Lift firmly, but an overly-aggressive strike can straighten or break a small hook.