Tips from our Mates: Ronan
Gun angler, and Irish loch guide Ronan Creane shares a trick which will put more stillwater fish in your net.
Another stillwater cruiser succumbs to Ronans strip strike
A few years ago while fishing for lake edge cruisers with a single nymph I experimented with strip striking. I’ve been doing this for a long time now and this is why...
When you see a fish approaching (or cruising away from you!) you get into position and take your shot. You know roughly where your fly is as it sinks. You watch the fish carefully, looking for any change in direction or movement of his mouth when he is nearing your fly. If it moves, you strike. If your almost sure, you strike, maybe. If your 50/50 do you strike?? I don’t, at least not with the rod...
If you strike with the rod and the fish has not taken you will probably spook the fish. This is where strip striking comes into play.
If you strip strike you gain 3 advantages:
1, If the fish has taken you will hook up with the strip strike.
2, If the fish has not taken your fly, your fly is still in the zone.
Finally 3, you are far less likely to spook a fish with a strip strike as you would be with a rod strike.
With a failed rod strike you also have to recast. There are other applications for the strip strike in trout fishing situations. It’s very useful when streamer fishing: A fish might be so close to your fly that you think he has it taken. Don’t strike with the rod! Strip strike and keep your fly in the zone. The strip often induces a take too... Try it out if you haven’t done so already! It will put more fish in your net.