The reason we fish is a completely open-ended question, and the reasons are as varied as the number of people engaged in the sport. If we break it down farther, "Why do we fish with flies?" it becomes even more ambiguous.
Over my 50+ years of fly fishing I have become a quiet observer of my fellow fly fishers. It has been my good fortune to have been able to fish many of the finest trout waters in America and to have known many of the premier fly anglers of our times. This has allowed me to observe and to question why we do what we do.