Our head guide, Jim Kurkorlo, talks to us this week about hooking a surprise fish at the end of the drift. It happens to all of us now and then. Here is Jim's take on it.
Hook Set at the End of the Drift
We’ve all heard the old saying “I wish I had a dollar for every time I had this (?) happen to me.” Well I wish I had a dollar for every time at the end of the dead drift as I was lifting my rod to make another cast I had a trout on the line.
I'm sure this happens to you too when fishing a nymph or streamer. Just a few weeks ago I was guiding a client and as he was lifting the rod to cast he had a trout on and he actually was able to land a very nice brown. He replied “I guess that doesn't count because I didn't feel the strike or knew I had a trout on.” Hey it counts.
You never know when a trout will take your fly and I believe it happens more often then we know. A trout can take you fly when it hits the water, during the drift or at the end of the drift. That's why at the end of every dead drift I end with a hook set. On occasions I found for whatever reason the end of the drift was the only time I was getting strikes.
A fishing partner saw me hook a trout as I was lifting the line off the water to recast and replied “Well that was all luck.” Actually it wasn't. At the end of every dead drift I do a short hook set for that unexpected strike and to prepare my fly line and leader for the next backcast.
One important thing to remember is that the motion must be short or your rod tip will be too far back to make the back cast. Sometimes at the end of the drift I start to tighten my line and I can actually feel a fish on the end. I do this even when using an indicator. It's one smooth motion and it becomes just part of your back cast and total presentation.
I fish every cast with confidence that a trout can take my fly at any time during the drift. Learning to do a little hook set at the end of my drift has helped me catch trout that I didn't used to hook. And catching trout is what I love to do.
New Zealand's Brown Trout Story
Thank you to the American Museum of Fly Fishing
Everyone knows New Zealand as a mecca for large brown trout fishing in gin clear waters. But not everyone knows that these iconic brown trout are not native to New Zealand. In fact, they were introduced just 150 years ago. In this film, fly fisherman and historian, Jack Kos, heads into the backcountry of New Zealand and the back shelves of the library to explore the introuction of brown trout to the south island.
It's a beautiful video and a history lesson at the same time. If you have traveled to the south island, you will recognize some of places. Maybe you've even caught one of these amazing fish.
One more streamer tip: Sculpins up and fast
Do like the sculpins do
We all fish streamers, some of us love to fish streamers. Take Santos Madero for example. Here Chad Shmukler takes a look at how Santos effectively fishes sculpins. It's pretty interesting! Thank you Hatch.