Silvey's Flyfishing

Silvey's Flyfishing

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

WAITING FOR THE GRAB

 Had one of my favorite customers out on the Sandy river Yesterday with no love from the Steelhead gods.
The river came up just a little and turned the bite off but there was plenty of signs they were around by rolling in about every run we fished.
The Sandy river has been producing some great fish this year.
The Sandy season usually starts in December and fishes great through May.

3 comments:

the nutman said...

Mr. Silvey,
Do you have an answer as to why fish grab the fly then drop it ,I use tube flys and have been getting grabs then drops ,i know you use your tandem tube to try to fix the problems of short strikes .When do you feel it is best to set the hook after you drop the loop and let the fish run ?Or is it common to have pick up and drops ? I fished the sandy the day before you and got a hit and a drop and then he hit it again only to drop it .I have caught steelhead on the swing im just woundering if im missing something .

Brian Silvey said...

Hi nutman
It usually depends on where in the Swing the fish are grabbing the fly.
The closer you get to the end of the swing or the hang down the harder it is to hook them.
I let the fish take my loop and wait until I feel the weight of the fish then lift the rod towards shore.
I have had the same thing happen 6 or 7 times in a day and not hook any of them.
I would say your not missing any thing it just happens.
The next grab you get might be one that tries to jerk the rod out of your hand.

the nutman said...

I feel a bit better now ,a bit .I 've had this happen often enough to drive a many swing crazy nuts !Well im nuts anyway ,but thanks for answering the question .This has happened mostly on the end of the drift only twice in the middle of a drift .Those are the ones that make me wonder !