HIT ’ EM HARD!
Streamer fishing at distance with a sunk line requires a strong hook set. Use a sideways strip-strike. Pull hard with the line hand as if performing a double-haul cast and move the butt of the rod directly away from the fish. You are aiming to separate your hands as far as possible from each other. Rotating your shoulders adds further motion to the strike. Striking sideways transmits more force to the hook because you are not ripping the line free from the surface tension, wasting energy that could be used to set the hook. “Striking with the butt” applies far more power to the hook set than a wristy flip of the rod tip. Use really strong hooks and leaders for this method.