Sounds silly, but it’s a very serious question. In fact it’s probably at the root of most of the fly industry’s disagreements—from bobber battles, to if/how we grow the sport (particularly among women and Millennials)… product distribution channels, stream access, and more.
On the one hand, some say fly fishing is a beautifully complex sport, and should be appreciated as such. On the other hand there are those who contend that the learning curve is too steep, and that’s a barrier.
So how much should we “dumb it down?”