PAUSE BE­FORE YOU STRIKE

Trout & Salmon (UK) - - Know How -

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.

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