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Newsletter #9, Summer Steelhead Hook Setting>
Often mid to late summer Steelhead can get very non-aggressive with their fly grabs. They often just drift back and play and mouth your fly instead of an aggressive take that we love "The Tug is the Drug!" take. This is because they are holding and waiting for change (rain, temperature, other Steelhead, and/or hormone development…)
This can be very frustrating as you might feel your fly stop or feel small taps on your line like a small trout or Smoltz is playing with it. If you set the hook you usually get nothing and the fish is gone.
Tips and Trick:
Try holding a bigger loop of line, also see Tips and Tricks, Newsletter #6 Setting the Hook. I usually hold 12 inches or so of running line. I let the Steelhead take this line out before setting the hook. During this scenario try doubling the loop length. My loop now becomes 24 inches. If the Steelhead takes that amount out between my fingers I set the hook. If the fish doesn't take out the long loop try switching to a smaller fly (if the Steelhead hasn't felt the hook you can usually keep playing with this fish). Often the same pattern but smaller will make the difference. If that doesn't work try another fly. If you don't get any action move on and look for another player.
Also you can try swinging your fly with a little more speed to get the Steelhead chasing the fly and acting more instinctively encouraging a more solid grab. Usually with Steelhead slow fly presentations work better but with warmer water this can change.
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Thanks for reading, Tight Lines, Jeff Layton - Grabflies.com
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