★ Whether a fish is taking line or holding its ground, digging in the current, it’s important to make sure your rod angle opposes the direction the fish is pulling. Even more important is making sure that rod pressure is steady and firm, but not overpowering. Put the proper angle in the rod slowly and carefully, not with a fast jerking motion, even if the fish changes direction suddenly. Trying to horse a fighting fish upcurrent is a recipe for disaster, but keeping tension on its head against the current will tire it (eventually). If you control the fish’s head, you’re in control of the whole show.