Fly Fishing by Feel
The extent to which the flies should be submerged varies with the weather and water conditions, and also with the temporary likes and dislikes of the trout in a slightly flooded and discolored stream, or early in the season, or on a very windy day, or in very rough, broken water, the chances are that the considerably submerged fly will be the most effective. Fishing in this manner, when the flies get well away from you, you will possibly not see the rising trout but must strike by the "feel"; it is very difficult and a matter of much practice to hook a fish under these circumstances. Often you will not know that the trout has struck and when you lift the flies for the back cast you will merely prick him and roll him over in the water. It goes without saying that the feelings of both parties to this transaction are considerably hurt.
But with practice and the employment of constant vigilance it becomes possible for the angler to hook his fish "sight unseen" with fair regularity. In fact, the fly caster develops a sort of second-sight which tells him when to strike even when occasionally he has not felt the fish or even seen the flash of the trout in the water. As a general thing fewer strikes will be missed if they come when the cast is carrying around and down-stream and before the line straightens out below the angler. It is always well to re-cast immediately as soon as the line straightens out directly down-stream and not to allow the flies to play around in the swift current at the end of a taut line. A trout striking under these conditions is seldom hooked securely, and the force of the water helps him to tear away before you can get things into proper shape to play with him. Fishing a deeply submerged fly is not very desirable from a sporting point of view and the method should only be employed as a last resort, when it is often very effective.
Camp, Samuel Granger. The Fine Art of Fishing. New York: Outing Pub., 1911. Print.
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