Before everyone gets on my case about being a fly snob just based on the title, let me set the record straight. Those of you who read my posts, and certainly anyone that knows me, is aware that I will fish for anything, any time, with any tackle that gets it done. Live bait, dead bait, lures, flies, cane poles...whatever. The question I'm posing here stems from a long-time observation that was driven home over the weekend, and I'm curious to see how many of you that both fish fly and conventional agree. The striper in the photo about sums up the size of the fish I've been catching locally lately. Fun, but not near trophies. Over the last few weekends, I've been tossing rubber shads and dropping diamond jigs, and pounding a fair amount of these little fellas. Thing is, while it's been a blast, I find that many anglers that play on both sides of the fence have a different attitude about fish like these when they've got a spinning rod in their hand. They're happy to catch them, but when they hook up, they immediately say, "ah, another little guy." It's like you're always hoping to pluck that stray 20-pounder out of the school. When asked how you did out there, the answer is something like, "we caught a ton, but they were all rats." I've said that many, many times. Then, the very next day, you can go after the same fish with nothing but flies, and everything changes.