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This is fly fishing?


I need to get something off my chest: Someone please, tell me how making a fly rod perform like a spinning rod is fly fishing? I mean, when you use a rig with so many swivels and snaps and split shot that requires a roadmap to tie it on, how is that fly fishing? And, why on earth do you need anything but a strong rod to throw the contraption out?

Too, the new so called “flies” that resemble nothing other than create shine and sparkle, are what?

It’s not that I’m opposed to catching salmon and steelhead on these things, I just can’t get my head around calling it fly fishing.

Fishing for big fish requires big equipment and if you want to entice them to bite, or more properly said, move the thing you’re invading their redds with, why not just throw a spoon or spinner do it?

Having amassed more rods and equipment than I’ll admit to having to “She Who Must Be Obeyed,” I’m reluctant to pull out an $800 rod, $75 line on a $300 reel, only to make it simulate a $75 spinning rod and $20 worth of line.

It must be an age thing, because my idea of fly fishing is casting dries on fine tippets or streamers that resemble something that swims in the trout’s realm.

Don’t bother sending messages, telling me I’m a cranky old man, I’ve worked long and hard to get there and I’m going to enjoy it.

By the way, anyone have a “center pin reel” I can borrow?


This is fly fishing?

  1. Ron Kulenkamp says:

    I’ve wondered the same thing Terry. Thanks for putting it into words.

  2. John says:

    LOL – well said! I agree… (yes, I have a pin you can borrow) :-/

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