"Takes the belly out of the sinking line," he explained. "With my rod underwater I'm pulling the line straight. And when a fish hits I'm striking against the fish instead of against the sag in the heavy line." Where bait is permitted, McPhee uses a fresh, dead, 2-inch shiner or minnow. He rigs it with a rod's length of 6-pound-test leader attached to a tiny barrel swivel tied in about 12 inches above a No. 4 bait hook. He runs the hook through the minnow's mouth and out the gill, then hooks it back through the shoulder so the minnow is slightly twisted. When retrieved slowly, the minnow spins in a manner so enticing that few big trout can resist its passage at their eye level. The swivel keeps the leader from twisting during the retrieve.