Still, I hear over and over again how "intimidating" fly fishing must be. As Koldkut explained, part of that comes from seeing a guy in his full "battle rattle" on the river, and thinking there's "no way I'm going to spend all that money to look like that." I remember hearing that 3M did some market research on this issue. They found that the two things that inhibit would be anglers most are: the cast, specifically figuring out those tricky mechanics, and knots. The latter seems silly to me since I only use three knots for 99 percent of my fly fishing (a nail knot, a double surgeon's knot, and an improved cinch knot). Then there's the perception of a steep learning curve. What, with the bugs and the currents; not only do you have to cast a fly accurately, you must drift it just right... It's enough to make anyone crazy.