The fish were not rising but they were hungry. After a few casts and some quick mends it all came back to Mary. Dave was a quick study and soon he was setting the fly in the upper lip too. The upper lip of the trout seems to be a good indicator of the right timing and a clean hook-set. There is just enough density there to hold the hook as long as the pressure is applied at just the correct amount.
Presentation is important. Setting the hook doesn't mean diddly-squat (that's a southern fly fishing term) if the presentation isn't just right. Having been through a day of
Mary and Dave basically took turns boating nice rainbows. Nice casting, good presentations and quick fights were bringing fish to the net. I don't know how many fish they caught and can't remember all the good bows they brought to the net, but I can remember this was a good trip...a good trip almost void of other traffic.
The early start paid off and the other watercraft were behind us. Dave and Mary had been the first anglers through the best holes, runs and riffles. They made the most of it too with good presentations and ended the day just as they had started with good rainbows.
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