When you are swinging flies–whether you’re after steelhead, salmon, or trout–you need to think differently about the hook set. If you raise your rod at the first hint of a strike, you may end up pulling the fly out of the fish’s mouth. You may have heard of British anglers saying “God save the Queen” before setting, and other anglers holding a loop of slack that they drop before setting.
Here’s a great lesson from longtime Alaska guide Trevor Covich. He has had the chance to watch hundreds of clients make thousands of hook sets on fish, and he has acquired valuable insight on the best way to set the hook on a swung fly presentation.