STRIKING AND TAKING THE FLY OUT OF THE FEEDING ZONE
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