Good question Mitch and discussion,
I was tinkering with fly gear before "the movie". The lure was more control in the fishing process. Want an explanation? I know you asked one question but I am a bit windy so here goes. I need to be busy, very busy. If I slow down I fall asleep and have been known in the past trolling by myself falling asleep in the boat. Yes way back when if anyone seen a guy driving aimlessly it probably was me. So when fly fishing I have line in hand, mending or drifting in current, stripping and working the line continuity. Yes in other types of fishing this is done too but not all the time. Then there is the cast. When done properly it is a thing of beauty. I am not referring to me as I can get out of control :). I sometimes just sit back and watch Mrs. BilletHead cast and when she is on she is on. I watch the perfect cast to the perfect spot and the fish take. It doesn't get any better than that. The smile of success, man I get giddy watching her do it. Then there is the hook set. Not an eye crossing jerk but a smooth sweep of the rod or strip set. A big tough fish may need another strip set to sink it home. Next it is the fight. When it is a small fish it is not a mechanical drag but a physical drag, I am the drag letting the line slip on the run and stripping line as he tires. A big fish? You need to get the fish on the reel still holding the line on the run but simultaneously cranking the reel handle putting the excess line on the reel. Multitasking I suppose. All this time you are saying oh crap, oh crap, oh crap! Even then with the fish on the reel mine is set pretty loose and again I become the drag palming the reel. When a fish wins and I loose it there is no one to blame but myself. I have never had an equipment failure it has been operator error with no excuse. The older I become the more I like the process. It trumps the catching now. Do I catch? Yep I could show that but most of you have seen the results before. Then there is fly tying and making your own flies , streamers and balsa baits. I buy and harvest my own material. There is something to assembly and then catching on your creations. The more control I have in my hobby the more I like it. Do I still fish with standard gear? Twice this season but it becomes less and less every year. Do I bash others for their passion? Heck no anything to get you out to enjoy what you do is good by me and I like to see everyone succeed. I find fly fishing a challenge and like other hobbies I have had in the past I like a challenge. If I could still hunt with my self bows, arrows out of road ditch shoots and stone points I would. Do what you like and do it well if that satisfies you.
Thanks for making me think Mitch,