Same story hear!
I did a lot of fly tying and fly fishing from 1957-1973 including some tying for my local sporting goods store. I moved to South Carolina in 1973 and got into LMB fishing bigtime because of a neighbor who fished at least five or six days a week. That BTW, is the best deal you can ever have; a highly knowledgeable neighbor with a huge bassboat who is always looking for a fishing partner. So from 1973-2001, I did the bassboat thing exclusively. In late 2001, I was saved from my evil hardware and plastic ways and returned to fly fishing exclusively. I hate the fact that I ever left. I catch fewer fish but value my fishing experience so much more highly. 8T