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Is it still techinically fly fishing? (native brook trout heavy pics)

I went brookie fishing the other day for the first time in a while. TO put it this way I love it. Escaping into the wilds, catching fish so bright and colorful. It is really a ball. But to put it in perspecitive, I rarely had more than my leader out. Now I typically use a 10' rod and a longer leader. Say 7'-9', and then about 3' of flouro. and just transferred that reel to a 7'3wt.

The stream is just small and tight no matter what way you look at it you aren't really ever going to get traditional casting on this stream. More or less micro roll casts or even just swinging the nymph where I want it to go.

SO this got me pondering while out in the wilds. Is this really fly fishing. I mean I am using a fly rod and reel, but my casting is in no way shape or form using the weight of the line to present the fly. So then I was pondering if the weight of the fly line casting the fly defines fly fishing, then what about long leader nymph fishing. Where your looking at 18-20 plus' of leader?

Not try to stir the pot but is "fly fishing" itself subjective? Technically I could have just taken a spinning rod and my flies with me and went brookie fishing. So most would look at that and say that's not fly fishing? But in essence the stream dictated that no traditional casting could be done, so I was pretty much casting the same as I would with the spinning rod.

So just curious as to what you guys feel qualifies the term fly fishing. It is just what you use to entice the fish, or is the equipment, or is it how you cast?
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Here are a few shots of the stream
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I saved this one for last. Just what I would consider the perfect example of a native brook trout.


I am actually going to get into building rods and my first one is going to be geared toward native fishing. I am thinking either 6'6" 2 wt or 7'3 wt. I am leaning more towards the 2 weight, but I have a 3/4wt reel. Decisions, Decisions. LOL


in all actuality a 2 wt reel may be kind of pointless anyway. I don't really have to do much reeling anyway.
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