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All of the above is sound advice. One more thing: if you try to take summer-runs on a dry fly (the best way to do it in my opinion), the hook set is extremely critical. As you watch the fly cross the river, tell yourself over and over again that you will NOT set the hook on the rise. If you do, you risk losing the fish immediately because it takes just a bit for a big fish to turn and to grasp the fly firmly. A quick set and he is gone. Sometimes I try to not look so I'll be slow on the uptake. But then, one of the most thrilling things that exists on this planet is to see a big steelhead rise and engulf your little tuff of fur and feathers. Not a sight to be missed!
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