By Tim Romano & Kirk Deeter
By Kirk Deeter
I received a ton of (mostly positive) feedback on the “Going Deep in the Name of Trout Research” piece we ran in Field & Stream. The one point that earned the most criticism, however, was where I talked about missing strikes, and how, if you get in the habit of lifting or “mini-setting” your fly at the end of every cast, you’ll hook up more often.
Some say that’s snagging. But I wonder, is it possible to snag a trout in the mouth? More to the point, isn’t every fly-caught fish, technically-speaking, snagged in the mouth?
After all, from the bottom of the river, I watched trout routinely inhale and spit out all sorts of things – leaves, twigs, weeds, and yes, flies. It seemed to me that trout were able to taste the difference between real food and everything else, and it only took a moment or two for them to reject the bad stuff, including flies.