Thanks for all the advice. I'm actually fishing nymphs 99% of the time. I lost two very nice trout (fishing in central KY) not too long ago because I didn't set the hook properly due to failing to string a guide on the rod when I set up that day. I did get me thinking, thus this thread. If pulling down on the line while raising the rod will get me a better hook set, I'm all for it. I rarely keep any trout I catch, but it's nice to be able get one in to admire and maybe get a picture
. That said, everyone wish me luck (slightly different topic) I'm going after KY brookies this year to see if they actually exist.