American fishing guide John Berry speaks up for mending as the forgotten side of the line delivery process:
“The Federation of Fly Fishers has a complex and complete program that trains and certifies casting instructors. There is nothing in their curriculum that pertains to line control. The emphasis of the program is distance and perfect loops. That all looks nice, but line control is more important in catching fish than casting.
“Line control is the control of the fly line on the water after the cast has been made. Whether you are fishing a dry fly or a nymph, the object is to manipulate the fly line in order to achieve a perfect, drag-free drift for your dry fly or strike indicator.”