Great read from Always a Good Day about why fly fishing is considered so pretentious.
"This snobbery accentuates the image of the cigar chewing old man with his $3000 bamboo Powell rod who spent three days without casting once on the Missouri. It just so happened the only fly that he wanted to fish did not hatch. After returning home, his buddies bought him a Scotch at the club and commended him for not succumbing to the temptation of nymph fishing."
Read the whole article here