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Double Handed Hookset Tips

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Hi everyone,

 

Any advice on the proper hookset w/ streamers swung slow with a double hander for trout? I'm having trouble getting a solid hookup when swinging flies slow and deep. If a fish hits on or near the dangle, my hookup percentage is very low. Fish on for a short while, then hook spat due to poor hookset. I suspect I'm pulling the streamer out of the mouth versus the typical upstream hookset where, when you set the hook, it drives it back into the mouth. I'm proficient at a slip strike with the line hand, but I suspect my timing or motion of the rod hand is off.

 

Advice?

 

mrm

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Guest 420FLYFISHIN

love the strip set! what size rod are you using? I found with heavier spey setups that the rod cant react fast enough to the head shakes and they are able to jump off quick.

 

hope this helps

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Thanks for your input,

 

Rod is a 6wt 10'6. Strip set is definitely part of my hookset, but the head shake is commonly where fish are lost. Harder hookset may be required due to the softer action of the rod.

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Guest JBear

Do you have any stingers on your flies?

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Have your rod tip pointed toward shore while you fight the fish. The fish has taken your fly and tried to head back to the middle of the river, hooking itself in the cheek closest to the bank you're on. You're trying to keep it there.

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I had this same problem when I started fishing speys and switches for trout. Strip set with the rod pointed directly at the fish cured this problem. A small and extra sticky trailing hook seems to hold the fish on there pretty good as well. Check your fly regularly to make sure the hook hasn't fouled, this is common in spey casting.

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