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I seem to fail to get the hook set on most of the fish that take my flies. What if any is the secret to setting the hook?
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Set faster.

Back when I guided, I always stood just upstream of the client. When a fish took either a dry or a nymph, I'd yell "set" and then bang my arm up under their rod between the cork and first ferrell to set the hook.

Eventually they got it.

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I seem to fail to get the hook set on most of the fish that take my flies. What if any is the secret to setting the hook?
Timing, sharp hooks and the correct lift.
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Agree.. gotta get the timing down.
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Default Re: Setting the Hook???

Quick question; Are you setting the hook the instant you think the fish has it? If you are you may be hitting to fast and taking the fly away from the fish. Don't get overly fast. I most of the time sweep the rod and strip at the same time. But not till the fish actually has the fly. There is actually such a thing as to fast. I still get a little bit of the 'Buck Fever' and yank it away from a fish once in a while. Timing. I don't fish surface stuff a lot so I don't generally see the fish hit so it's not much of a problem. Every now and then I do. The bigger the fish the more likely the buck fever overreaction. When you can't see the fish hit, most of the time they'll set it on themselves.
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I'll catch the devil for this but..............................

With dry flies in swift water I lift the rod and tighten the line, in deep slow pools must fish hook themselves when they turn and head back from the surface. In the second case a slower lift is all you need. Many beginning fly fishers miss fish because they have a sort of 'Bass Master's' reaction when they have a take on the fly. This usually results in tearing the fly away from the fish or breaking them off.

I fish wets & streamers more than dries and almost all fish hook themselves when they grab the fly.

The real secret is, there is no secret. You keep fishing and with enough experience you will find what works to hook them. Everyone has missed fish on the dry fly and we will miss some in the future, that's just the way it is.
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Default Re: Setting the Hook???

In seven years of guiding I never saw a novice set too early or too hard. Never.

Now, those that have had some experience, maybe.

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Default Re: Setting the Hook???

Always "set" downstream and if fishing a wet or streamer down and across I've found a fairly gentil sweep with a little lift towards the bank works. The fact of the matter is every fish that "hits" isn't going to get pinned, thats why its called fishing not catching.
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Default Re: Setting the Hook???

I agree...Sharp hooks! I sharpen my hooks constantly. If they don't grab my thumbnail...I sharpen.
I really don't know if it helps but I feel I miss less. I also crush the barbs.
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