Saltwater Fly Fishing: Ensuring the Hookup

October 31, 2008 By: Marshall Cutchin

Shallow Water Angler editor Mike Connor offers some excellent thoughts on how to connect with the next saltwater fish that tries to eat your fly. Beyond keeping the rod tip down and pointed at the fish, Connor says, experience proves that certain techniques have advantages over others: “There is little debating that the strip-strike is far and away the best way to set the hook with a fly rod in salt water. There is debate, however, to what degree, and just when to add a rod sweep to the equation. Most fly fishers agree that adding a slight rod strike (low and to the side) just after a good solid strip-strike is the way to go. “