Thanks for the kind words on our flies. I'll pass them along to her, I'm sure she'll be pleased. I tell her she's doing great but I may be biased. Lol
I've had a lot of luck with wild brookies on slow days in a stillwater situation stripping a brightly colored muddler at a very fast pace. It seems to trigger a feeding/agression instinct in them in higher competitive fisheries. This tactic has made for some voracious attacks on my fly and turned a slow day into a very memorable one.. In extreme circumstances, after, say, numerous fruitless follows I might tuck the rod under my arm and use a roly-poly retrieve in order to rip the fly back at a ludicrous speed. That can be the last straw for a miffed fish and the takes can be explosive! With Atlantic salmon I try to stop pulling at the moment the fish hits for fear of taking it from him or pricking him in the bony front of the jaw. Better if I can let him turn and the hook slips back to the scissors - but that's not always what happens when stripping back like a maniac!