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Old 03-01-14, 02:28 PM   #11
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I try to keep an open mind about fishing, as long as the technique or practice in question is legal. I may not do it myself, but I have no problem with others who enjoy it.
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Old 03-01-14, 03:59 PM   #12
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I have fished powerbait on a fly rod before, and a bamboo rod at that!

Purist or not, if its legal and fun, have at it!


Didn't I see some of NGTO's finest fishing with Barbie and Sponge Bob spinners on the DH a couple of years ago?
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Old 03-01-14, 05:00 PM   #13
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Assuming it's legal, fish the way you like and don't worry about what other fishermen think. It's your fishing trip....enjoy and pass it along.
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Old 03-02-14, 07:07 AM   #14
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I bet that's how hoochbuster catches all those big dukes fish!
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Old 03-02-14, 08:09 AM   #15
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Only dry flies and only up stream
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Old 03-02-14, 09:08 AM   #16
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I think he was catching more trout, having more fun, and is probably an all around happier person because of his flexibility to life's challenges.
Nice one!
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Old 03-02-14, 09:28 AM   #17
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...I mean I know people out west who frown upon san juan worms. At the end of the day it is all about having fun though, so no one should ever criticize someone for having fun as long as its legal.
Exactly. Elitism is what initially kept me away from fly fishing when I first was invited a few years back. I pictured stodgy English gentleman on private trout waters with hip boots, bamboo rods, creels and funny flat caps encouraging each another with phrases like "jolly good catch" and "brilliant cast, Butterworth!". While I'm sure that element does exist somewhere, I'm glad that behavior is largely kept to the most elite of country club golf courses and off the public fisheries here in the US South.

I'm as romantic as the next guy when it comes to fly angling (its history, scenery, colorful fly names, etc.) but I never could stand pretension in any form. Izaak Walton, that esteemed philosophical angler said it best when he wrote, "God never did make a more calm, quiet, innocent recreation than angling". And on that, I emphasize the innocent aspect of the pastime.

So my is, let them catch fish (as long as it's legal and their adhering to angler's etiquette)! So let there be no strife between the "Brothers O' the Angle"!
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Old 03-02-14, 11:14 AM   #18
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I don't consider myself an elitist, but I I gotta ask why? I'm sure most, if not all, of us started with conventional gear before we got into flyfishing. I know for me, I got into fly fishing because of the challenge. After all, it is called Lflyfishing," and believe it is so called because of the use of artificial flies.
Using bait just sort of defeats the whole purpose for me.

Now, I'm not gonna look down on someone for doing, and I can understand using it as a last resort to avoid the skunk. But I wouldn't make a habit of it.
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Old 03-02-14, 12:11 PM   #19
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I pictured stodgy English gentleman on private trout waters with hip boots, bamboo rods, creels and funny flat caps encouraging each another with phrases like "jolly good catch" and "brilliant cast, Butterworth!".
You just described my dream fly fishing trip.
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Old 03-02-14, 12:12 PM   #20
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