Most hooked and lost...


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0-4 a few weeks ago which was very frustrating. I've gone back and forth about whether I get better hookup ratios using classic shanks or trailers. I agree with what Haunted said above about fish aggressiveness. I also think timing of hook set matters; sometimes you have to let them nibble on it and sometimes it pays to strike early in the take... A never ending, but fun, problem to work on.

Jason Chadick

A Fish, A Fish, A Fishy, Oh...
Who knows. I did happen to be using scaled down intruder-type things with trailing hooks. I was so eager to get a fish that day I think I was just setting the hook before they really had a chance to take it, which resulted in 4 very similar scenarios where I lost the fish after a few head shakes and a short run. It was a whole lot of fun, though. I will live to fight another day.


Spey casting for Steelies year round
0-4 last summer after work. I went out at about 6:30PM and fished an area on the Rogue River that I love. By 7:30PM I had lost 4. One of them ran so hard I was almost glad it got off. Well, not quite glad :(


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I went 0/13 Over the course of a week several years back. That was a confidence breaker. Had me second guessing everything. Last year I had a spate of broken knots and lost a few early in the season. Replaced the tippet and it was back to business.

When you consider the number of variables involved in whether the fish makes it to your hand or not, natures going to win some of those battles. The more you hook, the more likely you're going to lose a few.
Over the course of around 5 consecutive trips on the Deschutes, I hooked probably 14-15 fish and landed exactly zero (this was a couple of years ago). The next trip out I finally landed one...a very dark buck. of course I lost two others before I landed that one...probably my worst stretch ever of landing percentage, but it sure was memorable...most of them just came unpinned, but a couple broke me off where I was left with just a...."wow"...


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we were fishing a run one day, when Jim Teeny comes down and proceeds to show us where all the fish were laying.
and by the end of the afternoon, i think he lost/landed somewhere around 20 some odd fish.
and he was kind enough to give some of his fly's and help me hook up. i think i went 1 for 4 that day.
some fun. ahh the good old days.

David Dalan

69°19'15.35" N 18°44'22.74" E
Agree with Randall, hell even lost fish count for something. Especially with Steelhead.

I agree. This is strictly personal, but hooking a fish means I solved the puzzle, and thats the part that keeps me coming back. Sometimes is bums me out to lose a fish, but more often than now get plenty excited.


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My sentiments on this are exactly those of my friend Inland. Getting a fish to grab and stay connected for even a very short time is worth the effort to keep steelheading. Harry Lemire used to break off the hook at the bend at times when there were quite a few fish around because he didn't want the hassle of having to land the fish and remove the hook. With the purposely broken hook, he would get the grab and maybe the first run before the broken hook would come free. By doing this, Harry just took the thoughts that Inland and I have to the extreme.


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While I have never gone to the extreme of cutting the point off the hook (at least not on purpose -LOL) I have often fed the fish slack line (most effective to throw a loop downstream) so that the fish can shed the fly. Usually do that after the grab and that first explosion though on occasion I will do the same with a particular large fish before the end game of trying to beach the fish. Much easier on the fish and David said allows me to move on to solving the next "puzzle".

As I have gotten older fishing has become less about the "numbers" and more about the fish and how I most enjoy interacting with them and the rivers they live in.


Jeremy Floyd

fly fishing my way through life
So this is sort of like comparing "Yeah I talked to this girl, but nothing ever came out of it"..

On a lot of levels I feel that you seal the deal, or end up imagining how great you perform..

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