I think that comments that suggest, that all fly using trout anglers are snobs, are seriously misguided, to put it politely.
Agreed Cranfield - most of the "snobs" I have come across are not anglers at all, or at best, have tried "flaih fishing" because they think it is the done thing.
One amusing "snob" story concerns a well-known chalk stream, where in the late 50's, I had a yearly permit to fish for salmon and trout in the appropriate seasons.
Went down in March after salmon, and as the water was high, started work with a large devon minnow. After a time I was confronted by an irate individual who told me I had no right to fish there, was fishing out of season, and was breaking syndicate rules by spinning.
Not being very impressed by his attitude, I asked who HE was, and was he a member of the syndicate himself. Yes he was, he said, and demanded to see my permit. So I said, OK, but show me your permit first.
He did not have it, saying he was not fishing that day as it was out of season (as of course it was - for trout). By now I had sussed the unwarranted assumptions he was making, was getting irritated by his hectoring tone, so decided to wind him up a bit.
"So, you claim to be a member but have no permit - how do I know you are not just a self-appointed busybody? " I asked.
Thought he would have apoplexy when I said I saw no grounds to show him my permit, and he stormed off.
Thought no more about it until three hours later when he appeared, breathless (must have run all the way home and back) and waving his permit, demanding to see my permit, and threatening to report me to the committee, ONE OF WHOM HE KNEW PERSONALLY (!!!)
So I said now I knew he had grounds for asking, I was certainly prepared to show him my authority to be there.
Produced my salmon permit - watched his face change whilst he grasped the fact I was salmon fishing, and accepted his grovelling apologies (he called me SIR several times - before that it had been HEY YOU) with as straight a face as I could manage.
The fact that this scruffily dressed vagabond with a rural accent might actually be a salmon fisher had obviously never occured to him.
He actually asked if I was going to complain about his bothering me! No, I said, he was doing what any member should, but a more civil approach in the first place would have resulted in my explaining what I was spinning for and would have saved him a journey.