I am able to get up within easy casting distance and get the cast off without spooking. When I put the fly near them, they rush it as you'd expect, but it looks like they're just hovering over it instead of picking it up. I let the fish move in and wait about a half second but not seeing that "bulge" in the surface of the water or the head turning down to suck it in. Occasionally they will and I'll hook up. But the vast majority are acting differently. I've tried waiting and slowly moving the fly but that results in them bolting. If I instead lift the rod sooner to set, they sometimes follow but don't take, or they just sit there but don't spook. Then when I cast again they bolt.
I've had "normal" luck before and still occasionally in this area so I know what it's supposed to look like. I just assumed if a redfish rushes the fly, there's a really good chance they're gonna take it. I'm thinking it's either conditions or something else besides fly pattern. So do I need to set sooner, or move the fly sooner? Kind of at a loss. I casted to about a dozen slot fish and one that was pushing the top end on Sunday. Thanks!