Re: Heretical post here - beware
It isn't my favorite either, but I fish nymphs. My favorite is dries flies because of the visual nature of it as well as delicate casting. That is followed by swinging soft hackles and streamers because I often feel the take. After that is hoppers, again visual and can get some nice fish but the casting isn't as fun for me as smaller dries. Dead drift nymphing under an indicator falls below these but if it is how I can catch fish I'll do it. Some challenges I enjoy about nymphing include casting without spooking fish when the rig hits the water and figuring out depth and current lanes for a good drift.
Sometimes it lets me catch some fish until fish start rising. Remember the first time I fished Cheesman Canyon. Caught some fish on small nymphs working my way up the canyon until I saw a few fish rising. Switched to a small parachute adams and caught some beautiful trout on dries. In the end it is about doing what you enjoy.
- William Jensen