i nymph fish about 99% of the time. i grew up bait/spin fishing and i was pretty good, not to many people could out fish me but once i started to fly fish and really learn i have caught so many more fish then i ever could believe. I also fish waters that have a lot more pressure then what those guys do. From the way i understand it is if Frank sees a boot track he leaves, i dont leave instead i say and catch all of the fish that people miss.Trout Traveler said:You might well catch more than the average spin or bait fisher, but the original post question said nothing about average, it asked about similar skill level. I assume you are an above average fly fisher, so you would have to compare your results to above average bait or spinner fishers.
I qualified my original response, saying it depends on the day, stream, and conditions.
I have seen some fly fishers catch a lot of trout on various occasions, and not just on dries. Fly fishers who are proficient at fishing nymphs and streamers catch a lot of trout.
I have also see highly skilled bait fishers in action. I enjoy seeing highly skilled anglers at work, whatever their fishing method.
As I said in my previous post, I believe that because of the wider attraction of spinners and because spinner fishers commonly cover more ground (out of necessity), they present their spinners to more fish, I think they tend to catch more fish. I don't think they catch more than the bait and fly fishers combined, however. Frank, Trout2003, or Troutoutdoorsman might, but not the rest of us.