Excellent post, Ard
! The guys at one of the nearby fly shops are a little
too type A in their entire approach for my tastes. If it works for them, so
be it. They pretty much insist newcomers and people looking to "move up"
take their path, however, and that's unfortunate. I can sometimes spot an
angler that has "learned" from these guys after speaking with them for a few
The folks at the Sporting Gentlemen in Media, PA are entirely different. They
respect everyone's approach, and offer advice suited to whatever direction
you'd like to take on this path.
Here's my outlook on flyfishing: If I were the last person on Earth, I'd still
fish the way I do now. I don't need anyone to pat me on the back, count
fish caught, size, etc. I'd still shave as well