Keep that tip up!

When fishing a team of spiders or wet flies across and downstream on a river keep your rod tip up at approximately head height or slightly higher. The advantages of this are: - (1) A high rod tip keeps line off the water allowing better presentation and control of your flies (2) Improved bite detection - watch hanging line between rod tip and the water for any movement, sometimes this movement can be quite subtle and the sagging line may appear to lift or slide away at the point where it makes contact with the water -  If this happens STRIKE ! (3) Improved catch rate - the hanging line between the rod tip and the water allows the fish more time to take and turn with your fly before any resistance is felt resulting in more positive hook ups rather than the non-productive tugs that you feel when you have the rod tip to the water and the fly line taut.