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How to recognise a take with an intermediate line

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I have bought an intermediate line for use during the winter months. However I have been struggling with take detection: missed four fish on my first outing! Do you have any tips on how to spot (feel) the take? I must admit that a lot of my methods involve ultra slow retrieves with small nymphs and buzzers. Mark Boyle

When using an intermediate line, takes can be hard to detect. We suggest that you try a very slight increase in the speed of your retrieve. The extra speed can sometimes change fish's responses from gentle takes to something more confident that will be easier to spot. When using an ultra slow retrieve, concentrate on the spot where your line goes into the water and if anything changes, lift your rod to set your hook.

If the fish are taking so gently, you may like to consider changing to a floating line and a long leader, 15 to 20 or more feet in length. The longer leader will allow your nymphs or buzzers to fish and move in the same way as they would when using an intermediate line. The long leader will also allow you to fish a greater variety of depths and takes will be easier to see and detect by watching the end of the line.

Concentration is always important as is experience of how your line feels and how fish react to the way you are fishing.

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