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fishinforbass 06-15-2005 12:34 PM

settin the hook
I am new to flyfishing and need some advice on setting the hook on sunfish and bass. I have been told I can set the hook like you would with a spinning rod, and I have been told that you have to set the hook using a line strip because the mouths are tuffer on bass and sunfish. Any insight would help.

Dble Haul 06-15-2005 12:41 PM

I use a strip strike for two reasons:

1. If I miss the fish, the fly is still relatively close to it and the fish or another one close by might still take another whack at it. Setting the hook by rearing upwards on the rod (like a spinning rod) will pull the fly away from a fish that misses, and sometimes (especially topwater) completely off of the water.

2. The strip strike is a straight line connection that usually gives a better hookset. I usually strip with my left hand, and for bass fishing I also rear backwards (not upwards) with the rod.

fishinforbass 06-15-2005 12:46 PM

Thanks Mark.

I was getting tired of dodging my top-water flys ever time I went to set the hook.

Dble Haul 06-15-2005 12:47 PM

Just think of it as reflex development. :D

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