Fun topic and one dear to my heart. Really glad to see others who have a passion about the same two sports - skiing and fly fishing. For those who wonder why fly? The sport is an immersion into the environment of the fish, rather than casting for something to put on a stringer. I used to spin fish with salmon eggs and floating cheese. No more simply because I enjoy fly fishing so much more. (Still will fish conventional gear in the ocean of So. Calif. when I can't get deep enough with a baitfish fly.) Fly fishing teaches many things. Where do the fish live, when do they eat, what do they eat (I am thinking trout here - mostly insects, but sometimes too other fish, crustaceons, eggs, worms, even dead salmon flesh). One of the most beautiful things you will ever witness is a hatch of bugs, birds dipping for them and trout rising to them. Then the challenge is to figure out what fly you have than can most closely match what they are eating. But you learn more. You go to amazingly beautiful places to fly fish, you learn the water where fish may be lying, you see the life around you, you may see deer, bear, antelope, you hear bird calls you haven't heard before, and especially after it rains, you smell the forest or the sagebrush. The more you immerse yourself the more your senses come alive and the better it gets. You gain such an appreciation for the location you are fishing that you feel a part of it and a fortunate visitor. And when you have success, keeping wild fish is not something you want to do anymore. You are at great peace. Fly fishing is a journey and is great fun. There is always something more to learn too. Visit a local fly club and ask for instruction - most are very willing to help.