LOL! What a hilarious tongue-in-cheek article. I am finally getting into fly fishing because equipment, techniques, and fly fishing culture seems to be shifting to be more about catching fish and enjoying the experiences, rather than making a fashion statement.
I am about to buy a sage rod here in a few weeks (after my tax return of 52 dollars) but other than that high dollar stuff is just plain unnecessary. I mean whats wrong with camo? (please note as I type this I am wearing my cammo fleece red head jacket, a cowboy hat and boots I guess I ain't no fashion model. On a series note Costa glasses are worth the investment.
Nothing wrong with looking good and being comfortable. Where I live, the worm and powerbait crowd ALL wear camo. They even use orange hunting license holders for their fishing license....TACKY!!! I'm hitting the stream later this afternoon, and will be wearing my fantastically well-fitted LL Bean Rapid River waders, a blue and green golf jacket (cuz I like it), and my ventilated LL Bean Aussie hat. I'll arrive in my 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee (210,000 miles, and more rust on the roof than paint), and probably won't see a single person. This is the stream on which Yvonne broke her ankle, so I'll be wearing the best Simms boots that money can buy (well...on sale they were $160 ). Green Weenies and Wooly Buggers will be in their respective boxes, but I will have a midge box to amaze the kiddies (if I see any), and one of those little 2x3 inch boxes they give away at shops to carry well-worn BWO's, PT's, and GRHE's. Actually, most of the flies I use get tossed loose into a little pocket on the chest of my vest. They fall out often, and I usually find a few where I park my Jeep on subsequent visits. Taking a box out of a pocket is just too much work....
Yvonne and I are going to get some very nice prescription sunglasses in the next few days. I've used clip-ons for years, but they look dorky.
Funny stuff! Interestingly, it makes me want to buy camo neoprene waders with boots attached, an orange winter jacket at wal-mart, straw cowboy hat, a yellow fiberglass rod from Eagle Claw with foam handle and cheap click reel and go hit the local C and R river and see what happens
I hit the water in PA for the first time since november yesterday and I ran into SIMMS/SAGE/UNDER ARMOUR model! He was on MY water (I fish this place a couple dozen times a year so I know it pretty dog=goned well. He had no less than $2500 worth of Simms gear on and another 1000 worth of Sage equipment. He even had a camera mounted on his head! Found out he was a guide in AK during the summer so he probably got all his stuff at a good price, and he probably needed most of that quality stuff too. Either way I felt a little underdressed in my Goodwill shirt and jeans. It's my favorite shirt for getting out in the winter (pictured below with that nice rainbow); a Canadian made vintage Abercrombie wool flannel shirt. A similar shirt today can only be found on the Filson website, or perhaps some other high end outfitters and I'm sure it woudl cost 30 times what I paid. My closeout Gen 5 Sage was trumped by his brand new sage. All in all though, we had a good time chatting for a while, he wasn't the least bit snobbish as some of the stereotypers want to think, and most importantly I outfished him 5-2 by my count.
I've been on both sides
When I worked near the shore, I fished most every night in my uniform pants and chef jacket
I've also been laughed at by an "assemblage of urban youths" when fishing in full fly fishing garb in their 'hood.
Boulder is such a prius driving, green, vegan, hipster, PC place. Some of the best fishing in town is right along a busy creek path full of the usual spandex clad bikers/runners/stroller pushers/tourists...
These people seem seriously frightened by my camo shirt and hat; it is really funny to see people's reactions and avoidance!
Usually the folks from out of town say hello and ask about the fishing...