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    Quote Originally Posted by vicrider View Post
    Okay fellow Okie...Why? I see it on TV...I read it on boards...And I've read where a guy couldn't get into fish until he did this. Why is our freshwater "life the rod" or cross their eyes hook sets not productive? Even with spinners and bait casting with see them keeping rod low and reel and snapping to side on hooksets.

    I am in no way arguing the technique as I've seen and read enough to know this is accepted as the way to go, but I just wonder why our fresh water techniques are not productive in getting and keeping a hook in saltwater fish. I know from years of bass fishing that when I started fly rodding again for trout I missed a whole lot of fish trying to set too hard and was pulling the small hook right out of their mouths but saltwater uses big hooks and flies so that shouldn't relate to tiny 18 and smaller flies for trout.
    This is a little late of a reply.

    You always want to wait until you feel the weight of a fish to really set the hook, because as you mentioned above you can easily pull a fly away from a fish setting the hook on visible take, no matter what you are fishing for. Whether it's with fly gear or conventional gear.

    There is a little exercise you can perform with a friend that demonstrates why you want to strip strike instead of just lifting the rod to set the hook.Hold the the end of the leader in your hand and have a friend on the rod 30-50 feet away. Have him lift the rod to set the hook with varying amounts of force, then have him strip strike. The amount of force you receive on your end at the leader won't be close. Fly rods don't have good stiffness to set the heavier more difficult to penetrate salt water class hooks, no matter how much backbone the manufacturer claims is built into the rod. Fly rods are good at protecting light tippets not driving hooks home into the bony mouths of many saltwater fish. Strip strikes take the softness of the rod out of the equation when it comes to hooking fish. In fresh water it is not as much of a big deal seeing as the hooks tend to be much smaller and penetrate much easier. Not to mention a hard strip strike in fresh water will pop the lighter leaders typically associated with fresh water tactics.

    Always check your hooks and keep a file handy. That will aid tremendously in hook setting. Unless the hooks are chemically sharpened most hooks , brand-new out of the box will need some TLC with a file to get them really sticky sharp.
    Last edited by Micropteris; 10-14-2013 at 02:33 AM.
    Your hooks sharp????

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