Matt Labash on Chumming With a Fly Rod

July 5, 2012 By: Erin Block

A fly fisher’s deception “has more integrity than that practiced by bait fishermen,” writes Matt Labash in a response to a question about chumming with a fly rod, which he notes is not all bad.  “As anyone who has done both knows, in most ways, fly fishing is preferable to the kind of fishing practiced by our bait-slinging brethren. It doesn’t make us superior people, mind you. Many of us, I’m told, are insufferable bores and prisspots. Head into the fly fishing section of any bookstore (if you can still find a bookstore), and you will immediately and overwhelmingly confirm that the one attribute we possess in spades over bait fishermen is that of self-regard.”