Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: S Ontario rivers plus various lakes for warm water species.
I think the least attractive part of dipping into this forum is reading that any method of angling which not spey style fly fishing is inferior, being as 'lower class' as those who seem practice it.
Fishing a variety of methods not only makes for better anglers but can be equally, if not more, sporting and enjoyable when practiced within the spirit of angling.
To spend 40+ hours making a bamboo rod, fly or otherwise, then further hours tying flies, reading and researching, collecting older vintage reels, maintaining a boat and various watercraft etc. waiting and hoping, only to depart thinking that catching a fish is not important, nor that I care, defeats the purpose.
Then again, if the fishy gods don't smile on me that particular day, I don't mind it was good to be out there.
Having written this here before, centre-pin float fishing ('pinning' being derogatory) can be one of the most skillful, 'artistic' and pleasant methods of angling, as can fishing artificial lures, with single barbless hooks of course..