Quick video showing what not to do when you make a good follow up cast. I literally pulled the fly out of his mouth.
You are so correct. The fish was moving off to the left when my second cast was in the air.It can be hard to convince yourself to fish a cast that isn't perfect. We make the decision in our mind before the fly ever lands of what's good enough.
Frustrating when it's 3-5 ft off and you pick up only to realize the fish found it. When in doubt I have learned to leave it.