WHAT DO WE WANT FROM A HOOK SET?

Trout & Salmon (UK) - - Know How -

Three things: to suc­cess­fully hook the fish; be in a po­si­tion to con­trol it af­ter the strike; and to not break off. Con­sider the fol­low­ing:

FLY SIZE

Big hooks and barbed hooks need a hard set. The fish’s teeth may grip bulky flies with soft bod­ies re­quir­ing a hard set to move the fly enough to seat the hook.

LENGTH OF LEADER AND CAST

Lead­ers must be strong enough to set the hook. A long line is harder to pick up but stretches to ab­sorb the shock of the strike; a short line is easy to pick up but has less shock-ab­sorp­tion. The stroke length and force of the hook set should be pro­por­tional to the length of the cast.

FISH SIZE

Small fish of­ten take quickly and re­quire a faster strike.

WA­TER SPEED

As a gen­eral rule, match your hook set to the speed of the wa­ter: fast wa­ter, fast strike; slow wa­ter, slow strike.

ROD AC­TION AND AN­GLE

Fast-ac­tion rods pick up line rapidly re­sult­ing in break-offs when you make con­tact with the fish be­fore you ex­pected to. Re­duce rod-ring fric­tion by low­er­ing the rod tip af­ter set­ting the hook al­low­ing the fish to take line with less strain on the tip­pet.

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