Re: What Is The Difference...and Why?
Regardless of what you want to call it, no one that I know makes any claims that it is anything revolutionary, new or previously untried. Quite the contrary, it is a style of fishing that is extremely simple and traditional.
It is probably not for everyone. I think it is analogous to the folks who shoot a long or recurve bow vs the folks who shoot compound or cross bows. As with reeled vs non-reeled rods, each offers something to those who use them. (When I say vs. I don't mean to imply that it is them against us, or that it has to be either one or the other. Some folks like to fish dry flys, some folks like to fish streamers, some folks like to use a reel, some folks don't. The differences are minor, there is much more in common)
I personally enjoy the simplicity, it really comes down to fishing with a stick, a string and a fly. That's how I got started fishing 50 years ago, I enjoyed it then, I enjoy it now.