It's gonna happen.
Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: Clark Fork, Missouri, Clearwater, Central PA springs, Lycoming Creek is home.
More than anything, I just enjoy catching fish on the lightest tackle I can get away with, and I suppose that is a type of purism. The beauty of becoming a swinger of flies (or a diehard dry fly person or whatever) is for me more about catching fish on your own terms, and is less about how many fish you're able to catch. Tenkara was mentioned, but I think anytime we do this, we are delving into the Japanese Zen art tradition, of art for the sake of liberating the self, not for the sake of its end product. As I recently read Modern Steelhead Flies, nowadays we have the luxury of forums like this, where information and opinions are so readily available. People who came before had to learn more experientially through trial and error, or through one on one interactions with other anglers. Those who came before them were even more limited and relied even more on self-discovery. Indeed many of us are old enough to remember fishing before the internet and were active participants. It's not that we don't still do this, but it is nice to have a resource where people can share their experiences. There's also still a certain amount of fun to be had by NOT asking and still using trial and error, which I also still do frequently. By asking for people's opinions, the poster has already decided he might not want to buy every single tip made by man. He can now read through our above opinions and decide for himself how deep he wants to go. (Pun intended)
"Science is magic that works." - Kurt Vonnegut