Capt. Gene Zamba of Tarpon Springs, Florida, tells his clients, "Feel the fish, don't read the fish.
In order to help them resist the impulse to pull the fly away, Zamba
will often distract them by talking to them just as the redfish's wake appears: "When I see the red turn and start to make its move, I distract the client by asking him some question, like 'Is your line wrapped around your reel?'.
Of course, the client will stop to inspect his
gear, thus giving the charging redfish time to take the fly."
If the fly fisher succeeds in not reacting to the sight of the wake, he
may still jump the gun by trying to set the hook after the fish has struck for the first time.
Since a redfish often misses the fly, it's likely that the angler will pull the fly away from the fish before he's
mouthed it, either by stripping too hard, or lifting the rod.
Not to be deprived of dinner, the redfish will frequently speed up and search for the fleeing fly, but having lost sight of it, he
will often overshoot the mark and swim underneath the fly.