Originally Posted by Rip Tide
It's not fly snobbery.
It's a simple matter of do you, or do you not, want to become a more complete fly fisherman.
I know what you mean, dude! But this thread is really about fishing perfection and relaxing fun.
Example: I fish the world famous Yellow Breeches all the time. C&R only, but for the last couple years the spin guys can fish there also. Any soft plastic or any plug or any spinner is all legal now!
I'm a seasoned fly fisherman and I tie all my own stuff. I know a lot of people who fish there. I walk around with my $800 Helios, and my "sonic seam" Orvis waders and my Stetson hat! I know all the techniques and I know how the trout feed.
A kid with a cheapo spin outfit was casting a inline spinner, Roostertail (I think he had 8lb test mono) and he was catchin' a trout on almost every cast! His buddy, also a young kid, was using a spin rod with a huge 3" soft plastic minnow and a 1/4 oz split shot a foot above. He was also catchin' like crazy.
I was using a zebra midge with a PT above under a strike indicator ...... and I couldn't buy a bite! I changed to a streamer and lead eye bugger, but no fish?
I thought I could go back with some live mealworms in my vest pocket (hook one on my fly when nobody was watching) or use my UL spin with soft plastics? I chose the later, and never looked back!