I caught my first fish using a stick ,some kite string, and a snelled baitholder hook with parboiled elbow macaroni on it. I was a happy kid!
Dad had a cane fly rod and auto reel collecting dust in the closet. One day I yanked it out and asked him..."what's this"? Later on somebody gave us a used spinning outfit and after that a level wind. I got to learn the art of patience pickin' the bird's nest apart till I got my thumb educated..... came in handy on "wind knots".
All in all, I like the dry fly on fly rod......somethin' about the casting and selling the fish a fake. I've got all "the Gear" rigs, which seldom get fished,but my favorite way to use them is out in the yard throwing plastic plugs at a bucket.
PS: Isn't parboiled macaroni an imitation fly? lol