This archived article was written by: Kyle Van Amen
Most people have heard about and seen it but not many have done it. Fly fishing is becoming a lost art. Is this because people don’t want to put forth the effort to get good at it? It is difficult to become good enough to actually catch a fish. Everyone has bait fished. That’s where you sit on the shore and watch a bobber. It’s boring and not fun. This is why most people don’t like to fish. Not everyone has fly fished. It’s much more active with casting and anticipating a strike.
Casting is the most important and the most difficult thing to master. Just like anything in life it takes time to become good at things, fly fishing is no different. When people start to learn how to fly fish they get frustrated with the casting and give up. People don’t realize the amount of time, and money it takes to become good enough to catch a fish with a fly pole. You have to really devote you time into the sport in order to be good.
In the end, most people just like the easiest path. For this reason I am scared that fly fisherman will end up dying off. People will want to put in the time, frustration and blood into becoming a good fly fisherman.
Fly fishing is such a beautiful majestic way to fish. It will be a loss to all, to see such a wonder sport fade with time.