|From a piece by the outdoors writer in today's Miami Herald:|
"Fishermen who only want to fly fish are snobs," Apte said unapologetically.
Sorry, Stu, but I beg to differ. I always WANT to flyfish, but I am not so foolish that I would not break out the spinning or conventional gear if the conditions or quarry compelled it,as you did, and I do not look down on non flyfishers, nor do I hold the view that those who exclusively flyfish are necessarily some sort of fishing royalty. Hasn't the whole trend in the sport been to de-mystify it, and eliminate the rampant elitism that conventional anglers and the non angling public for so long have(rightly?) associated with fly fishing?Haven't you seen the hordes of fly fishing obsessed newbies Norm Zeigler has thrust onto the beaches in Sanibel with their(relatively) inexpensive Reddington and Sage outfits? or all the flyfishers happy not to take out mortgages to afford the quality gear from TFO, and other manufacturers whose logos appear here?I'd bet most of them would all WANT to flyfish exclusively, if they could.And if they're foolish enough to eschew conventional or spinning gear when flyfishing is truly impossible, does that make them snobs?
Oh and Stu, did you really need to have that tarpon hauled up on the gunwales for the hero shot? Even a "snob" would have taken the writer's word that you caught the fish...
Have I missed something here??????