I’ve always been a conventional fisherman when it comes to trolling or mooching for salmon. A few years back I fished with a guy who ran the first “mooching” set up I had seen in a downrigger. He played his fish beautifully, and all were ready for the net. Some time passed, I acquired a love for fly fishing, and I remember this man. Playing 20lb fish on a long noodle rod with expert ease. Last year I took the plunge and bought a couple of Amundson mooching reels and Okuma 10’6 Salish rods. It was a slight learning curve, but a lot of fun. However, when I rolled up on a big bait pile and wanted to mooch I reached for a conventional set up with a line counter and got to work. This off season has got me thinking.. these damn thing have to be called a moochers for a reason, right!? Who actually mooches with a “mooching” rig? There is no way to free spool the reels I have, just super light on the drag, and pull 3’ of line at a time. How are you confident you are hitting the right depth without a line counter? How is the presentation?Is it just something I need to invest more time in learning this season, or am I wasting valuable fish catching time?