Not hooking

Bawnbrack

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Frustrating time last night on a trout stream in the North of England.

Found a lovely glide of water with a conveyor belt of food coming down the middle.

Trout happily rising in the foam.

Tied on a small Klinkhammer and cast upstream to them.

Interest my fly on every cast - literally every cast.

But could I hook one? Nope.

Tried everything - striking sooner, striking later, not striking at all.

Eventually became convinced that the fish weren't attempting to ingest my fly but were slashing at it with their tales.

Am I going completely mad? Or is this a credible theory? And if so, what are they trying to do?

Apart from drive me to drink.

Many thanks in anticipation.
 

4wings

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Perhaps a larger Klinkhamer fly? if you have tried everything else alter the size up or down or change for another type of fly.
 

Bawnbrack

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Grayling a real possibility.

It's also possible that I am utterly incompetent.

Thanks all.
 

Tangled

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You can't always tell the size of the fish by the size of rises or attempted takes but if the takes happen often enough you can eventually form a conclusion.

I remember casting at some rises hopefully but not touching anything despite many attempted takes. After a while I worked out that I wasn't casting to a couple or three rising trout I was casting to a couple of dozen! The penny only dropped when I dragged a fly back in frustration and it was grabbed by a tiny grayling. I was in Russia and didn't even know there were grayling in the river. They're lightening fast and despite trying a few different ideas just out of interest I couldn't catch another.

I was disappointed again the next day when I was fishing for salmon and caught a 3lb grayling, a fish I would have been overjoyed with the evening before. It's all about expectations I guess.
 
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