Trout: Four Ways to Fail at Hook Setting

September 20, 2007 By: Marshall Cutchin

“Here the problem is that you often see the trout approaching. The idea is to patiently wait until the trout rises and actually takes the fly, closes its mouth and begins its return to the bottom. I call this the longest second in fly fishing. The tendency is to give in to the adrenaline kicking in and set the hook as soon as you see the fish.” Guide John Berry lists the four different ways hook setting can be done wrong: not setting the hook at all, setting the hook too late, setting the hook too quickly, or setting the hook too hard. In Arkansas’s Baxter Bulletin.