Re: Snobbery

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Posted by Marcus S on 2013-03-08 11:02:17 in reply to Snobbery posted by Joel N Rosenthal on 2013-03-07 08:04:20

There is snobbery at all levels of most sports. My experience with fly fishing snobbery is generally with very active novice to intermediate level fly anglers, who are learning fast and having a lot of fun, and can't imagine fishing any other way. "If only it was caught on the fly..." I know that's how I felt when I was fly fishing nearly exclusively for 6 years or so.

Fly fishing is just another way to catch them, and in many situations, a skilled fly angler will catch more and bigger, faster, than any other angler, including live bait in some situations. Fly fishing provides incredible control of the depth and speed of the presentation, and the fly can be cast very accurately. To me fly fishing is a deadly weapon in a quiver of many fun and effective fishing methods.

The truly elite anglers in my mind are guys like Larry Dahlberg, the late Jose Wejebe, etc... who have caught everything, in every way possible, and just want to really understand and experience the fish.

For me personally the ultimate challenge aspect of fishing is catching a big old specimen in fresh water, that has been caught and released, exposed to a lifetime of fishing pressure, and is very very careful. Bass under 10 pounds and stripers under 25 pounds don't look good in photos to me. These types of fish can be approached with a no holds barred approach to methods, and still be damn near impossible to catch. You have to work very hard. Fly fishermen catch the trophies too... they just have to catch all of the non-trophy fish along the way! Those shredded thumbs can be troublesome.


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