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Friday, August 11, 2023

Hookset Downstream

Here’s another tip to enhance your fall flyfishing success:

Hookset downstream! 

I just do a quick, horizontal wrist-snap that helps me accomplish three things: 1) provides a quick, straight connection to fish lips, rather than an upward hookset that creates a big U of slack line before tightening up ; 2) if I miss a strike or bounce my drifted bug off a rock, I can continue my drift, since I often do not lift my flies out of the water; 3) if I do miss the strike and send the flies behind me, I can retrieve them from low hanging branches.  Upward hooksets send my bugs high into the trees and send me back to our fly shop for more bugs.

Dom at troutbitten.com has scribed another great article on sidearm hooksets. Check out the wealth of intel on his website:


Enjoy the article and try the technique on this fall’s trout waters.  You just might catch more trout and lose fewer flies, too.  Tight lines from our UO gang.

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