I hate hearing phrases like "why the way we fish matters". In truth we all fish for different reasons, and we fish different ways for different reasons. Phrases like that are more exclusive then inclusive. If the angler respects the resource allowing everyone to have a chance to enjoy, who cares if they bounce beads, hang off indicators, chuck streamers, drift dries or retrieve lures.
Everyone fishes for a reason. Maybe it is done to bring them back to a happy memory of their past, trying to recreate it or at least get closer to the memory. For some it is to free their mind for current happenings, a temporary escape. Others enjoy the challenge and the competition with themselves. MANY saw "the movie" or read a book by Ed Zern or watched Lee Wulff catch 3 brook trout on one cast after flying his plane to some remote lake and they hope to experience it for themselves. When we come down to it does it really matter what their reason is or why they started?
Mike,mikevalla wrote: Say what you wish, but there's one hell of a lot of spoon feeding going on in our sport. It's disgusting and I can't accept an idea that it's all ok. It's not ok....at least to us who experienced some of the golden era. I feel sorry for those who missed that precious time---and those who weren't around back then--in the late 1960's-70's--- and they will never be able to understand what I'm saying here.
The vast majority of anglers go about it just like it was done in the past, with a modern twist on how we get our information. Anglers read the forums, books, webpages, watch videos then try what they learned, then repeat the process. I spend more time in the shop answering questions as people pick my brain then anything else. I have watched so many new anglers go from being lucky to catch a fish to rarely walking away without having caught one. I get great enjoyment out of watching the journey of discovery as they came together.
Guides are also nothing new! WALT guided on the Beaverkill back in the 1930's I think it was, for a brief period. The demand is nothing new and they were around during 1970's they just went unnoticed and in small numbers. Quite often guides are used more for the boat and rower then anything else. On rivers like the Beaverkill, of the few guides on the river on a given weekend, many are used by people to learn the area or for the very basics. Others use guides to fix problems they are having, like a golfer hiring a pro to correct a flaw in their stroke they can't see, an activity that is very much like fly fishing by the way.
I think things are a lot easier for my generation of anglers. If it looks like we are spoon fed it is because we were fed all the information from the previous generations. We start in such a better place because each cast the previous generations put in. We may do it a little differently then how it was but the previous generations made changes from the earlier ones.
I have gotten to know a lot of the competitive anglers and they are some of the most passionate anglers around. They pride themselves in honing their craft and teaching it to others. Trust me, money is not a part of the equation, often it costs them more then they could ever make out of it. These people do it because get to do what they love, and get do it with a group of like minded people.squish67 wrote:And this is why we have big time fly fishing competitions.....................for money! But let's not get started on that!