Earlier this week Phil Monahan from the Orvis News wrote an article about competitive fly fishing and the “proper” way to fly fish. It is a very interesting article and I invite you to go write down your opinion about both! just click on the link!
I don’t really have a strong opinion about competitive fly fishing because I have never seen it before and never experienced fishing in a competitive environment. Although, I’m definitely not a purist and I do not believe in a “proper” way to fly fish. I love purists because every sport kind of need them to keep it real but they tend to think that their way is “the” way and that annoys me very much!
I hate the mentality of “you can’t do that, you can’t do this”. It’s funny because once, I read someone saying that trolling your fly is not fly fishing. Well, this summer I was at the Toronto water front and while moving from spot to spot I just left my line and flies trolling along the docks and a giant (and I do mean GIANT) carp went for my trolling woolly bugger! I fought this giant donkey for almost 20 minutes before my leader broke while trying to get the fish from a 3 foot high gap. It was awesome! It was on a fly, on a fly rod, with a fly line…. Will you tell me this was not fly fishing?