The Old Guard like Mister Smarty or Tin Boat are glued to their conventionals because they have been doing it so long. Even when spinning came out I steered my wife and kids to spinning because I knew it was easier to learn. Then they all took up fly fishing. (another story). I love conventional fishing but I don't believe it is for every one. Also, people use conventional in some cases for the wrong reasons. They often say it is the tackle of pros but you do not look much like a pro picking at snarly backlashes all night.