Ron I consider myself superior before I even fish! I guess the implication is river angling takes more 'skill' than stillwater. Having read 'Stillwater Angling' at an early age I've never been in doubt that applied skills in each theatre can be effective, maybe more are required on a river subject to method selected. I don't see much skill shown in the two main arms of the sport, Barbel on Rivers and Carp on lakes, indeed they are becoming very similar. I may feel that I have had more 'reward' from my fishing if I use a skill such as trotting a float; then I look at the regimented Barbel angler and his two rods, dozing and yep, I feel that I've had a superior experience to his.
And would never be seen dead on still waters and commercials, do you consider yourself to be superior?
I have found the very same attitude amongst fly fishers too.
Come on, what do you think?
It has never applied to me, having fished Still waters, Running Waters, Day Ticket, Syndicate, Free, Trout ( Upstream only), Trout Reserviors, Sea (boat and shore), unfortunately there is snobbery in all forms of angling, even Internet Angling ?
But yes there is snobbery of only fishing running water and it really is a trifle boring !!
Personally I find some of the commercials, not all of course, really nice places to visit. As long as they are not totally match oriented and as long as they landscape the lakes well and there are few carp and more other species, I will frequent them.
Ron, to be truly superior you've got to do all your fly fishing upstream (but only using wet flies and nymphs - dry fly is too easy), use a cane rod for everything (I'm currently buiding a long range 3lb tc jobbie) in conjunction with a centre pin (after all what are bait boats for?).
I do think you're getting confused between skill and knowledge and enjoyment here. To fish rivers well requires a little more experience than to fish still waters well, but that's not the point of fishing. The day I stop enjoying it will be the day I stop.
And you have actually had the pleasure of meeting one of them???????
I'm sure they exist in the imagination of others - i've yet to meet one. If not choosing to fish commercials is snobbery, I hold my hands up - but i wouldn't cast judgement. I'm glad they do and find even more glad theyn enjoy it - more space to do what i do. Fishing wouldn't work if we all wanted to do exactly the same thing.