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Old 06-26-2013, 10:57 AM
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How important is it to other fishermen out there to look like a good fly fisherman? I guess I was curious to see who else is interested in the "style" of fly fishing.
From spending too many years small streams and tight places, I have a pretty bad case of 'eastern finesse', so many people look at me a little oddly.

I do know I will avoid interacting with anyone looking like they just stepped out of the pages of this weeks big name catalog. The more gadgets and trinkets they have dangling off they vest the more I try to avoid them.
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I always appreciate (in a good way)the fishing gal that wears a vest over her bare chest.

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I always dress the part....of the guy you tell campfire stories about. There have been a few times where I scared the poop out of guys and wives or a bunch of kids while coming out of the woods. I enjoy it, that way no one comes at me with lame chit chat in parking lot and no one asks me whats the hot fly.
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I always dress the part....of the guy you tell campfire stories about. There have been a few times where I scared the poop out of guys and wives or a bunch of kids while coming out of the woods. I enjoy it, that way no one comes at me with lame chit chat in parking lot and no one asks me whats the hot fly.
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Towels around, and huge Doggie hugs, chin chucks, fluff ears. I didn't get squat. I gather my 71 is not 'equal' to his. Must admit, one had a 'bush' that, years back, I'd loved to 'Plant my corn.'
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I prefer to fish with a smile. I have some good gear but it has taken me forever to save for it. I remember trying to figure out fly fishing on my own by watching others and asking them questions. however, the people that I encountered were not too willing to help. That's why I (try) to fish with a smile, and be approachable. I love to see a beginner and help them any way that I can. I always start with " listen to me...........if I can learn to do it, you will have no problem". I could care less what gear the other guy has. Unless he has a badge!
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if i'm fishing and enjoying my time, i could care less about what i, or
anybody else looks like.
just go fish, its not a beauty pageant

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I hadn't thought of it but the post got me to check some pictures. it seems I have a few different looks. I kinda look like a fishing type.

The River look;

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The Bay look;

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The warm day look;

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The unconventional chasing salmon down stream look;

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The I got him, hold up for picture look;

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The I'm getting old & tired look (yes I am sleeping on that seat)

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And the most recent picture, looking serious while driving fast in shallow water look.

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Ard, that is classic. I wear a chestpack and hang a net. I find that those things tend to even get in the way. But as Ard pointed out... Every fisherperson gogta have their style. Gadgets or not, does it still bring a smile? I think that is the question.
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Default Re: How important is looking the part?

I go for comfort and convenience first and foremost. On a hot summer day chasing smallies I'll most often be in tan swim shorts, a T-shirt, and sneakers. I haven't worn a vest for years as everything I need fits in a Totes over the shoulder toiletries bag I found. No one cares on a smallie river. When I go to the Tulpehocken Creek I look like the rube in my usual gear, but the majority of people don't seem to care and are friendly...even the ones in all the "right" gear. The others ignore me so that poses no problem. Sometimes it affords you a little more room on the stream when people want to stay away from you. 'Surely this guy has no knowledge I can glean.'

Bottom line is, it's fishing, not a fashion show. The gear is nice and it is designed specifically for fishing purposes. Use whatever suits you, don't worry about the rest. Like others have said, the fish don't care.
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