Was out yesterday at one of my favourite tribs. Running a bit late but it didn't matter no one around. Get to my first pool and someone had me beat, no problem we say our good mornings and how great the weather is and the no crowd bonus etc. Now its a small pool that holds fish perfect for one guy but two can fish it no problem(drifting).I'm ready to move on and buddy says you can fish here if you want, I thanked him and set my self up. We were both drifting roe with no success , I change to a pinkie and got a few shakers (no skunk). He goes to pink worm with no luck then goes to a bead (peach colour) and bang fish on. Nice fight but it broke off. He ties up again a few drifts and a nice female.I put on a bead and couldn't get a hit. I adjusted my length added weight to my leader did a few more adjustments but NADA. I couldn't understand why this guy beside me was on fish number 5 with two already laded (CPR). He shared his secret with me. It was called using a Shot line. Something I knew of but never used. I'm a believer now, thanks to a stranger on the river.
So many factors. This was one day, one pool. IMO you cannot extrapolate these results to other pools, days, water conditions, seasons, etc.
I've outfished everyone around me using cheap spoons on some days, catching a half dozen steelhead while watching everyone else get skunked. The other anglers were using roe, beads, etc and chumming like crazy.
But at the same river, in different conditions but at the same time of year, roe could be very productive and the spoon could catch nothing.
What I am thinking is that whatever was different about his presentation (and there are many factors, including some subtle ones we can't even think of), it wasn't necessarily going to outfish your presentation under different circumstances.
How deep was the pool? Maybe he was drifting lower or higher in the water column, and the fish were favouring that depth.