Re: How important is looking the part?
There's a lot of things to like about fishing and it isn't always just about the fishing. So if part of someone's enjoyment is to buy and wear a lot of nice gear who am I to judge or criticize? What I see is someone who is going out to enjoy a day on the stream, the same as me. I do know that if someone feels good about their equipment it gives them more confidence and they probably fish better. So, yeah, if it is important to someone to look the part then it is important to them.