I've always said that "fly fishing is the most fun you can have with your clothes on!" I didn't come up with it, can't recall who I heard it from, someone I worked with at Orvis, but have been saying it for years! Probably just a variation of the Robert Traver quote....Why fly fish? Simple, Robert Traver answered that decades ago when he wrote, "Fly fishing is the most fun you can have standing up."
Ok, that looks like a helluva lot of fun!I'll address your title.
I've been to Great Bear Lake 9 times now, with pretty much the same group. 10 of us devote fly guys, 10 lure guys, T 60's and the like. So friendly competitions do exist.
What we have determined in 20# plus fish is that the fly guys caught more every trip, and we are using big tube flys. The largest fish, lakers in the 50# catagory was always caught by a lure guy. We came close twice, I caught a 45 lber, my buddy a 48 lber but never the largest. And who cares any laker over 20 lbs is a trophy View attachment 214658
When fishing from a boat, targetting structure-oriented holding spots like a log etc, with the flyrod you don't have to reel all the way back in to make a new cast. Also the key to fly fishing big is not rod or line weight so much--it's more about manly leaders that turn the fly over.Years ago, back home in Australia, I tried saltwater fly fishing for a few weeks. I bought an 8wt, a bunch of Clousers and hit the beach. I came to the conclusion pretty quickly that this was not an effective way to fish and that the flies were so big I might as well have just been using lures. After all, the whole point of fly line is that the flies don't have much weight and the line needs to be weighted instead.
Since moving to Seattle and having access to amazing salmon waters, I've wondered if I should reconsider this. I think we would all agree fly fishing is the most fun way to fish, but are there any practical benefits to fly fishing once the flies become lure sized?
It's funny, after reading through a few of these posts, I decided to go ahead and weigh some of my musky flies...most are 3-5 grams (or 46-77 grains) while I'm using fly lines 385-550 grains to throw them (along with super short, stout leaders)...not really that difficult to turn to turn over those big flies in that situation....Mere flees on the size of flies you've tyin'...