face it, I don't think we would get so worked up if these fish looked like carp, or suckers, etc
It's not just the trout in the Smokey streams that are pretty.
This little guy (and all of his kinfolk I've caught) are downright beautiful too.
Fortunately, I've never had anyone make fun of me for fly fishing. Usually, it's the other way around. Regardless of if I'm in the mountains, a local warm water stream or a lake / pond, I get a lot of people asking questions about fly fishing. Most assume it's some kind of black magic and it must be really hard. I've let a number of kids cast my rod at local lakes and ponds. A few of them have caught their first fish on a fly.
My personal goal is to be an ambassador for the sport every chance I get.