Re: Dont you just hate it
What it may boil down to is presentation. Do some reading on this here and look up things like drag, micro drag, floatant application, tippet selection/length, stealth, and many others. I guess this is the lure of the sport. On those occasions you can put it together and you get your take the satisfaction is tremendous. What I love is fishing next to a spin/bait/lure fisherman and outfishing them with the limited distance of the fly line. Not that I'm elitist but that I know I've come closer to mastering the basics of enticing fish with a fly I've tied and putting all the elements together to bring lunch or dinner possible. Flyfishing is not the endall, just another variation of a peaceful pastime.