U must be a fan of Tom Brady.
There you go, sweating the small stuff. Don'tcha' know that all hard core fly fishermen are a bunch of elitist pricks? Embrace the snark. You can't help it if you're not a fully evolved fly fisher. Yet. It's OK. We're all on a path to somewhere - except when we're going nowhere. I was once a fully evolved fly fisherman, having abandoned tossing plugs with a baitcaster for bass. But then I started salmon fishing with some guys from work, causing significant devolution of my fishing character as I drag herring around on hooks trying to catch a salmon. I could fly fish for salmon too, but in different places. And I have done that occasionally as well. But mostly I still fly fish, and mostly steelhead and trout. Because it satisfies me as other fishing methods do not. So I'm OK with being deemed an elitist fly fishing prick by those less evolved knuckle-dragging gear chuckers with their knuckle-busting bait casters. I figure they just can't help it.What I don't understand is the snobbery that seems to be getting more prevalent with regard to fly fishing. Recently my wife and I were fishing for salmon and steelhead. There was a well known lady fly fisher not far from me, and I was catching coho on BC Spoons and large spinners while she wasn't getting anything. She had seen my wife take off earlier with her fly pole and she asked why my wife "hadn't converted me to the higher form of fishing yet?" She assumed that since I was gear fishing at the time, that must be all I do, and she said it in a rather snarky manner.
Yeah theres no real way to punch a fly into the cover I do with 1oz tungsten! I imagine it can be fun, but I'm geared towards tournament angling so I focus my efforts on the high percentage techniques, which for me fly fishing isnt one of them. I will say the deck of a bass boat is one hell of a casting platform though!I think "zealot" was a pretty appropriate term Rogue Fanatic! Maybe my wife and I are rednecks, or hillbillies or something, but we enjoy fishing for a variety of species. I've been surprised at the comments I've heard made about bass or walleye fisherman from folks that only target steelhead or salmon.
I have to admit I've been guilty of assumptions too. I've seen guys roll up with the absolute best of everything. New Simms waders, top of the line rod and reel, gold plated nippers, etc. I've assumed "this guy must really enjoy it, and is probably a heck of a caster". Been shocked more than once. Saw an old guy on the Grande Ronde last week. Probably about 85. His gear had been well used and enjoyed. He had trouble wading and had to rely on his staff quite a bit. His casts were pure artistry. When he hooked a fish he showed patience and grace, and his treatment and release of the fish showed a lot of admiration. I was gear fishing at the time and he and I chatted a bit, about the fishing, the weather, other runs, etc. No judgements, just two guys out enjoying the day on a beautiful river.
The "knowledgeable" superior mindset fishermen misidentifying fish is pretty sad and funny isn't it Rogue Fanatic? Makes one wonder how many fish have been bonked and kept that shouldn't have been. A couple weeks ago I landed a nice coho in an area where chinook was open for retention, but not coho. It put on quite an acrobatic show. A guy came rushing over and said "nice steelhead". I said no, it was a nice coho. It was painful to listen to his lecture about how salmon always go for the bottom and don't jump like that, so that means it was a steelhead. I honestly hope we don't lose too man precious fish to folks like that.
Glad to know there are some other bass fans here Ryan. We enjoy catching them on poppers and flies when we can, but there are times of year where it just doesn't make much sense. Right now around here tubes and other methods are the way to go. A warm spring or summer float on the Yakima though, and getting bass on the fly is sure a lot of fun.