Deeter: Are Bass Pros Afraid of Fly Rods?

Tim and I are at the International Fly Tackle Dealer (IFTD) trade show in Denver this week. Stay tuned for updates on hot new products, trends in the industry, etc.

One hypothetical question that came up at the dinner table last night:

If the fly industry put a "bounty" on winning a major FLW or B.A.S.S. event with fly tackle... say $500,000... do you think some pros would take up the challenge? More importantly, do you think young anglers might be more inclined to start using fly rods for bass fishing?

I know, I know... existing rules specifically prohibit the use of fly tackle in some bass fishing tournaments. My question is... why? If they're "flea rods" and not as effective as baitcasters or spinning rods, what's to worry? Maybe it's all about market protection. And maybe the barriers between those "snobby" fly fishers and the bass nation weren't put there by the fly people after all... Just a thought. --Deeter