By Justin Pickett
A fluffy, white indicator is drifting merrily along the current when suddenly it is yanked from site, only to emerge a second later to continue its voyage downstream before being lifted from the water’s surface.
Surprised, I look back at my buddy. “What was that?”
To which he replies, “What?”
“Why didn’t you set the hook?”
He came back at me with what many anglers often do in this situation, “I thought it was bottom.”
He THOUGHT he had just been momentarily stuck on the bottom of the streambed, so he didn’t feel the need in ruining his drift by setting the hook, when, in reality, he likely just missed out on hooking up with a trout.
Thinking and knowing are two very different things. Unless you can physically see your fly/flies drifting through the column, you certainly can’t assume that your fly is snagged on the bottom each time your indicator bobs under the water. So what should you do?
Set the hook!
Hook sets are free! In this scenario, it’s a good idea to assume that a trout has taken your fly. The worst thing that can happen is that you find out that you were indeed hung on the bottom, you free your fly (or re-tie), and make your next presentation. Setting the hook at even the slightest of movement, bob, or dunk of your indicator is smart and can end in a line dance with a trout.
The next time you’re out on the water fishing with an indicator, or even a dry fly, don’t hesitate to set the hook at the first sight of movement. It could be the ticket to increasing your hookups!Justin Pickett Gink & Gasoline www.ginkandgasoline.com firstname.lastname@example.org Sign Up For Our Weekly Newsletter!