It's not about catching fish. It's about the experience. Talk of cutting the hook off is just getting silly. I don't need to catch 50 fish, or a giant fish to have a good time. If it were just about catching fish I would run a bait caster and worms. Actually, if it were just about catching fish I wouldn't bother anymore. It's about the experience.I guess you cut the hook off at the bend rather than just mashing down the barb?
It's also an argument of semantics. I don't think mono is fly fishing. Who cares what I think? If you enjoy it then by all means have at it. I'd consider trying it, but wouldn't think I'm fly fishing. I don't fault anyone for choosing to fish the way they do. The only people I get angered by are poachers, or those who abuse the resource. Well those, and people who walk past my run and cast a shadow on a fish I'm watching, those who decide to fish 20 feet away from me on an empty river, loud talkers, and people who walk through your run when a trail is right on the bank. Wait... what were we talking about? I'm going to go yell at kids to get off my lawn now.