Video Tuesday Tip: How to Strike Saltwater Fish


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One of the more common mistakes that trout fishermen make when they first fish the saltwater flats is to try to set the hook by raining the rod tip. Guides call this the “trout set,” and it usually results in a lost bonefish or permit. In this video, my friend Jason Franklin, of H2O Outfitters, explains why it’s so important that you make a strip set on fish in saltwater. He also offers the ins and outs of rod position, especially where your tip should be in relation to the line and the fish. Follow these instructions, and you’ll have plenty of success on the flats.

Click here for the full “Saltwater Flats” chapter on the Orvis Fly Fishing Learning Center.

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