I love it when a stick float dips, you strike into solid resistance and there’s obviously a good fish on. However the absolute best feeling for me is a take from a trout when nymph fishing. It only lasts a split second but nothing else matches it. I think it because you’re fishing so direct.
Stick float fishing is great when you don't know what you're going to catch, and when I'm fishing with a light rod it only has to be a slightly bigger fish and I will say to myself "This is a bit of a betterer fish".
Makes my legs go to jelly just seeing tarpon can’t imagine what it’s like to watch them take your bait.
On one of my early trips to the US a big old snook of probably 15-20lb would swim around the backyard dock most days which would have made sight fishing perfection. I just didn’t dare cast at it as it would have obliterated me on 10lb gear in the snagfest of the spot as you can imagine from the picture of its home below.
Then on the trip the year before last I was retrieving a Mayan cichlid (first I’d ever managed to hook) from under the dock below and something big and silver, presumably snook or tarpon couldn’t be sure as happened so fast, just flew out from mid canal and inhaled it. Before I could blink I was face down on the dock with only half a rod left!