yeah man, its very limiting where and when ya can use the things, but there are the very rare times when it will out produce other rods/bait/lures, those are the days I live for. There is a real sense of accomplishment when you tie the fly yourself, use a whippy rod and a line to fool a fish. Now don't get me wrong, I am not one of those stuck up elitists, more of a down to earth realist/opportunist that got hooked on it 25 years ago, same with hunting, once you go black powder ya get hooked on that too (and it makes your season longer).
its a very cool way to fish but a fly rod wouldn't go into my survival pack.
the added bonus is I use it to catch bait for the spinning gear often.
I learned from a book (before the internet....darn it I am getting old LOL)