Also in 1883 Charles Orvis and Frank Cheney published Fishing with the Fly which included writings by fly-fishermen from all over the U.S. and contained passages like this;
...he that hopes to be a good angler must not only bring an inquiring, searching, observing wit, but he must bring a large measure of hope and patience, and a love and propensity to the art itself; but having once got and practiced it, then doubt not but angling will prove to be so pleasant that it will prove to be like virtue, a reward to itself.
I can see that it takes years to hone this craft. That it is an art. Cory has been doing this for a long time and still whips the line audibly. There's almost a WHOOSH and it snaps at the end like a whip. Sometimes he snaps his flies off of the end of the line. Michael's been doing it a little longer, his line is always curved, tracing a drawn out infinity symbol through the air before he lobs the fly where he wants it - more or less.