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Ty


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Well I've posted before about this, but I continue to false hook fish.  It always happens with the bigger fish I hook into.  It's obviously due to a late hookset.  My question is:  Is it possible that I have too much leader below my indicator for the water depth I'm working in?

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I have had similar problems and the guys on the board helped me out quite a bit.
For me it was a little too much leader and not enough weight. Instead of adding more weight I would lengthen the leader. Also keep as little slack in your line as you can to still have a good drift. But the thing that helped me most was just time on the water and my hookset reaction time getting better!!!???

As a last note ..... as scientifically proven by a certain PCT member alcohol intake while fishing will severely inhibits ones ability to react fast enough??!!biggrin

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Where are you hooking them ?



-- Edited by DrBombay on Thursday 29th of April 2010 07:05:13 AM

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Thanks african angler, alcohol is not the problem, though it would be easier to fix if it was.  I end up hooking them right under the belly, middle of the fish.  Good thing it's always been a sz 20 or smaller fly.

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I've commented before that I've had and continue to have the same problem.  Here are some thoughts:
- the more line you have out and the more slack you have, the greater the chance of a late hookset
- I've found that some flies tend to cause more foul-hookups.  For example, when I use an egg pattern or a San Juan Worm as the upper fly, I tend to get more of them.  Four or five years ago I had a day when I hooked 4 fish 17 inches or over; the 3 biggest fish were foul-hooked!  I was using an egg as the upper fly.
- Recently I was viewing a video and the guy on the video was saying that to improve the speed of your hookset, pull the rod to your side, not straight up (as most people do).  I don't remember why this is true, but he said that a sideward motion gets transmitted quicker to your fly than an upward motion.  I can't say that I've tried this (I keep forgetting), but I do intend to try it. 

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I haven't noticed any flies that are more of a problem than other.  But yes I tend to set straight up too, so maybe I'll try to the side.

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