I guess i just view moving from horsehair/silk to vinyl/plastic is more an advancement of technology, while tippet rings, leader straighteners, and other weird stuff i see at fly shops are just "fluff". Just my silly opinion. lol. I'm sure people would look at my pack of fishing crap and say i have too much "fluff" too. Believe me, i'm not a weirdo saying everyone needs to fish with homemade bamboo rods and horsehair... it's just that when i look through the "accessories" aisle at the fly shop i just have to laugh to myself.
My comments were not intended to be argumentative.
I sometimes run my mouth when I shouldn't and I sound like a grumpy old man.
Well, two outta three ain't all that bad.
My take, is that learning to accomplish something is usually better than someone else's technology. Tying knots is part of that process for me. I certainly do not have any problem with someone seeking other solutions.