Make It Snappy
Despite how dainty a brown looks as it sips a caddis, never forget that it's a predator—an opportunistic feeder—and it's mean. That's why I never want to give a trout time to think about hitting; I just want it to hit. I use a short sink tip, even with weighted flies in shallow water, because I don't want to give the bug any more time than is necessary for it to drift into a hole. The first three strips often draw the strike or coax a chase, so I want to cast right to my target and know my fly gets in the zone fast. Train yourself to keep the streamer moving constantly and aggressively, especially if a fish flashes and misses. I keep the fly working in short, fast pops. Lazy retrieves equal blown chances. If your arms don't ache by day's end, you're not doing it right.