If you think watching a small trout take a dry fly is cool, wait until you see a 15-pound steelhead or silver salmon clock your bug on the surface. But even in ideal conditions, coaxing these fish to the top with a dry fly is a long shot that requires luck and a big leap of faith. A better option is the riffle hitch, a simple knot you can tie—and untie—that makes most streamer and classic wet flies wake along the surface. All that’s required is a couple of well-placed loops in your tippet. The knot turns the profile of the fly perpendicular to the current, which creates greater surface tension. That lifts the fly and causes it to skate on the surface, making the bug really stand out, especially in choppy water.