Re: Heretical post here - beware
The only time I seem to tolerate it is when winter GL steelheading. It's almost a must in the real cold , unless you want to use egg sacks. I must admit to using single hand Spey casts and fishing farther away than most would. I like to swing softhackles and small streamers for trout, and many times they are very effective. I may get outfished by nymph fisherman, but I'm not in a competition. I respect those that learn to rig and fish nymphs, but I choose to fish different methods. I also enjoy casting, so flipping upstream and throwing a few mends doesn't seem as fun. You're hardly alone, plecain. I will not insult or degrade those who nymph, though- it's an art in itself and a separate discipline.