Trout-setting — lifting the rod to set the hook — remains the cardinal sin among saltwater fly-fishermen. Trout-setting works great in rivers and streams, but in salt water, a strip-set greatly increases the odds of a solid hookup. We've established that by strategically stripping and stopping your fly, you can effectively get fish to commit, but as a bonus, this same action sets you up for a proper strip-set. Why? Because when you stop stripping to let the fly drop, you instinctively move your line hand back into position for another strip, and a strip-set is basically the same motion, only a little longer and harder. If you are continually stripping the fly and the fish catches up to it, there's a good chance the fish will eat when you are at the end of your strip, with little range to strip-set. You want your line hand near the reel when you begin the strip-strike so you have room for a long, firm strip.