I prefer to fish with a smile. I have some good gear but it has taken me forever to save for it. I remember trying to figure out fly fishing on my own by watching others and asking them questions. however, the people that I encountered were not too willing to help. That's why I (try) to fish with a smile, and be approachable. I love to see a beginner and help them any way that I can. I always start with " listen to me...........if I can learn to do it, you will have no problem". I could care less what gear the other guy has. Unless he has a badge!