My opinion: Start beginners out "catching" and let them decide where they want to go with it from there and maybe, just maybe, they will stick with the fly rod. If they continue with the fly rod long enough they will discover that the fly rod will also show them the sounds of water running over rocks, nature in its purest form, peace and quiet, solitude and bring them closer to their Creator.Warren Patterson (WarrenP on FAOL)----> A good read ... Be safe