Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: steelhead country
If "effectiveness" were...
... the only reason for choosing a method of fishing, then the circumstances/conditions for using flyfishing would be far, far fewer than currently is popular.
My first fly caught carp was 48 years ago on a Black Gnat fly on Kanopolis Reservoir in central Kansas. I wish that I had had the equipment and skills then, that I have now, to have used on the reservoir's white bass and also the Smoky Hill stock pond largemouth (back then, at 13 or 14 years of age, my fly outfit was a 8 1'2" Garcia Conolan fly rod with a DT6 floating doubletaper... not exactly a great wind cheating or distance casting setup, both very necessary fishing attributes for successful reservoir fishing). I'd bet that a 6 or 7 weight Switch rod and shootinghead line would be quite the viable flyfishing approach there.