We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I live in the Pacific Northwest and have been Salmon fishing for almost 60 years, off boats in the salt, netting 'em up with my Indian - oops, Native American friends, off the banks of the mighty Skagit river, wading over rolling rocks in the foaming White River, you name it. Two years ago I learned Spey Casting and it's a lot of fun. You certainly can haul in more steelhead when you can fish where the brush won't let you back cast and heavy currents keep you hemmed in near the bank. Kinda sorts out the weaklings, too, those big rods are not for sissies.
I used to fish for small-mouth in big white water rivers when I lived in WV: Cheat, Tygart, Big Sandy Creek etc. Strenuous, a bit dangerous, but fun and beautiful. Especially the wilderness stretches of the Tygart and Big Sandy. And small-mouth on a fly rod is always exciting.
I fish for salmon in the rivers here in Oregon and I fished all over Alaska when I lived there. I can't say it is anything like the elegant sport of fly fishng. I used strong fishing gear and horse'd the fish onto the bank or into a net as quick as possible. I was lucky enough to see the world record fresh water salmon that was caught in the Kenai River, 1976 I think. I can't remember the weight but think it was 98 lbs I do remember the length was 6' 2" because that is my hieght. It was a big fish and hanging in front of the lodge just off the Kenai highway on the banks of the river. I think that record was beaten some years later. I love salmon and always ate everything I caught. Every year in early June I start looking for Copper River salmon in the supermarkets, best tasting salmon (if it's fresh).
Mastering a spey rod takes much time and effort, but it is worth it on the big western rivers. I think I put in over 100 (solo) hours with a spey rod before I ventured to the river in the company of other fisherman.