IMHO this really is an issue more symbolic of our culture than our forum. I think people these days tend to think that because they can afford to go buy all the gear required for our sport that they automatically should become accomplished Fly fishermen. People are impatient, easily frustrated and lazy about most accomplishment in our culture and it is sad...and scary. I enjoy getting new gear about as much as I do catching fish, but my greatest joy in Fly fishing is learning. Learning how to use the gear, how to read the water, how to identify insects, learning about local customs, how people in a particular area expect you to treat their resource, how to safely walk in areas full of rattlesnakes. Learning how weather affects fishing and how not be scared to death when I have been catching trout during a Hex hatch and I realize that I can't see the boat launch from the middle of the lake on a moonless night. The people who set this great sport out for us over the last several generations, I think, understood this was an endeavor for mature men and women. People who would preserve and protect the culture and resources there within. I suspect they could tell at a glance which newcomers could be trusted with their hard won knowledge... and which could not. Just because someone can go to Home Depot or Western Tool and buy all of the tools required to build fine furniture certainly does not qualify them to do so. If I see someone willing to learn and be taught I gladly share with them even the most coveted techniques I possess because I enjoy watching people gain achievement. As well, I understand it is not my skill to hoard but only to steward. However, if I suspect this person will take this knowledge and use it to harm my field of endeavor somehow, or harm himself, I will gently or maybe not gently send him away. I guess the concept is be grateful for what people are willing to share with you, and work really hard. A good father would never give away every secret to his son knowing that knowledge earned is knowledge learned. Otherwise he is just teaching his son to be a good consumer.