Suffice it to say you probably will never "get it" and that's OK. Look, to fly anglers who play by the established rules, it does matter. Yes we have long established rules of how the fly game is played. Breaking the rules in basketball (double dribbling) you get a foul called on you; ditto for any other sport. There are rules. Fly-fishing is no different. The rules were established long ago. But people break rules or change them to their own benefit with games and other sport when it's not being called by officials. It's OK, so long as you don't claim the results of your rule-bending games equal to those who played it by the rules. What's difficult to grasp about this?
To those who play by the rules it's an affront when someone places the same value on a catch taken by breaking or bending the rules and then boasting about it.
Simply stating how the fish was taken removes all doubt and places things in their proper perspective. But, if you do not value a game's rules, if they are not important to you, then you can't possibly get where we are coming from.
So it's OK don't fret about it. Fish anyway you want to.
Dan, who breaks the rules at times too, but always tells on himself.