I'm spending a couple of days up at Birch bay & thought I would give the state park a try (Not really knowing where else to go with my limited time this morning.) It was really windy so I thought I'd practice hauling, something I need to work on anyway. Now that I've finally tried it on the water I think I understand, but maybe y'all can help me out with something... Is the purpose of hauling to get the fly moving faster so when it hits you in the face it gets embedded deeper? Or are you supposed to duck while hauling? In truth the fly line just slapped me in the face, so I thought maybe I was doing something wrong. (Seriously, I just switched the rod over to my left side and proceeded to cast backhanded, but then had trouble getting the haul timing down.) So in short, I still have no idea if there were fish out there anywhere, but there was a lot of wind. I was just happy that I wasn't working.