Never let the rod point anywhere near the fish. Fight like your creating a rainbow with your rod, .
I have to disagree with this statement
If you're trying to protect a light tippet, then you're going to need to do that.
Otherwise, the lower you keep your rod tip, and the more you 'point' it towards the fish, the more pounds of pressure you are using, and therefore the faster you will tier the fish out and be able to land it.
I practice this with my cats all the time.
I use a big bushy hookless 'bob' type fly and cast it out.
A couple of strips and the cats are all over it.
Then I try to 'land' them
The greater the arc in the rod, the more advantage the cat has.
The only way I ever come close to 'landing' one is when the rod is nearly parallel to the ground
You'll quickly see what I mean.
If you don't have cats, try tying your tippet to a foot long chunk of 2X4 and try to 'land' that.
It's impossible with a 'rainbow' arc in your rod
The cat fishing game works with squirrels too
Use a peanut
Lots of fun