thankyou! that exaggerated set is what i discovered worked best with dries as well; otherwise, the fish came off right away. the supposed "delicacy" of this kind of fishing might have held me back, maybe. a strong set also could explain narcodog's success--sounds like a determined fisher!
If you move the rod further as you strike, it will tighten the line enough to set the hook.--CM Stewart
fly fishing and baseball share a totally deceptive simplicity; that's why they can both be lifelong pursuits.