Trout & Salmon (UK) - - Know How -

If you strike ver­ti­cally and it’s not your fly that has been taken, you’ll rip the line off the wa­ter and pull the fly away from the feed­ing fish, pos­si­bly spook­ing them. Should you be fish­ing un­der trees, your fly will of­ten end up tan­gled in the branches. When fish­ing small dry-flies, use an in­di­ca­tor or, al­ter­na­tively, fish your fly be­hind a larger, more vis­i­ble fly. This will en­sure you only strike when your fly has gen­uinely been taken. If you are fish­ing un­der trees, strike to the side with a short rod arc – now, if you don’t make con­tact, you won’t have put your fly into the branches. When fish­ing nymphs on a tight line, gen­tly feel for the fish and strike if you en­counter re­sis­tance. Al­ter­na­tively, use the tip-strike, where the rod tip moves just enough to set the hook. If it wasn’t a fish you haven’t re­moved the nymph from the feed­ing zone.

TIGHT-LINE EURO-NYMPH­ING Grad­u­ally feel for the fish by gen­tly lift­ing the rod.

A sharp for­ward flick of the rod causes the tip to travel back­wards, pro­duc­ing a gen­tle strike. TIP STRIKE

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