Fishing Fashionista - NOT
Blog by: Lloyd Tackitt , Texas 3/5/2014
Occasionally I get a haute couture fishing catalog in the mail. You know the ones I mean. They have outdoor fashion clothing with gorgeous models splashed across the cover and half of the inside pages. They may or may not have fishing equipment for sale inside depending on the purpose of that particular mailing. They tend to come by season, a new catalog for each of the four seasons with clothing appropriate to that season. I enjoy looking at them. I like to thumb through and look at what the well heeled are wearing each season to impress the trees and squirrels and fish.
The male models all look like they come from the same square jawed family, each one could be the next ones cousin or brother. The female models are usually blond, platinum blond, and gorgeous of course. Gorgeous and curvy in their pink long johns with the fur trimmed booties. I enjoy looking at how these obviously wealthy ivy leaguers mix and match the rugged clothing they wear. The checked shirts with the corduroy slacks and hiking boots, and oh the joy when they throw a sweater over their back and cross the sleeves under their neck.
I also enjoy looking at the prices. Most are pricey, with some being extremely pricey. It's fair to say that for what one of these demi-lumberjack outfits cost I could fill my closet with the non-couture things I wear. Honestly my entire fishing outfit of shoes, shorts, t-shirt and straw hat would be valued - brand new mind you - at under thirty bucks. Probably under twenty bucks. Maybe under ten.
Then there are the sunglasses. Good Lord in Heaven above, the prices for sunglasses are beyond my comprehension. I don't think I've ever paid more than ten bucks for a pair of polarized sun glasses in my life. No, that's not true. I paid fifteen once, and lost them the next day. That's the problem with sunglasses, they either get lost, or they break in my front pants pocket - within two days of purchase. Expensive sunglasses wouldn't fare any better and probably wouldn't last the average of two days anyway.
I would be more than happy to spend money on fishing fashion if that helped me catch more fish. But the fish could not care less about the state or cost of my couture. That means the only reason for me to go high fashion is to impress...well impress exactly who? I've never fished with anyone that noticed my clothing, not once. Not once has one of my buddies said "Hey Lloyd! Great corduroys man! Who's your tailor?" or "Whooowhee those are purty pants!"
I watch some fishing shows on television now and then and I have to tell you that those guys and gals do dress well. But then they are on television, they have to dress well. If they dressed the way I do they wouldn't be on television. I know this because I am not on television. I don't think it's because of the audience either, I think it's because of the producers. The producers live in Hollywood where haute couture comes as natural as breathing. The producers don't fish of course, but if they did they'd wear French fashion accessories and walk a bit funny, like they were about to make their little turn on the catwalk. So, yeah, I can see why the actors on those shows dress better than me. They have to or they won't get the check.
Having said all of this, if there is a haute couture fishing fashion company out there that wants to pay me to endorse their clothing by wearing their fashion line while I'm fishing - just send me the clothes (with the endorsement patches already sewn on) and a hefty check...and we'll see how well their clothing stands up to the way I fish. And good luck to them.
Attila64, TX 3/5/2014 11:02:19 AM
Laughed all the way through it.
opencage, CO 3/5/2014 6:46:01 PM
1. Hilarious. 2. You're right, sunglasses are crazy expensive 3. When we get our FxR line of haute couture fishing fashion going, you'll be first on our list. 4. Thanks.
Catman1979, CO 3/5/2014 6:54:50 PM
Great read man. I have been wearing the same fishing plaid shirts for almost ten years, and they all cost twenty bucks when I got 'em. I will say I go thirty bucks on the shades, but anything over is redundant. It's a double sided coin too, as it shows that more people are getting into fishing, at the least. Red Head heavy cotton pants, twenty four bucks on sale.
anglerwannabe, CO 3/5/2014 8:32:34 PM
Have a Columbia and a couple of red head fishing shirts I love. They are light, breath well and dry quickly. When you spend as much time on a tube as I do, it is really nice. Other than that, a big floppy hat, some shades, shorts and tennis shoes.
Coyute, CO 3/6/2014 7:45:26 AM
For many, part of the allure of fly-fishing is a fascination with minutia, self importance and wearing trendy clothes. I am glad you are above all that Lloyd and I'm pretty sure you are too. :)
Lloyd Tackitt (Lloyd Tackitt), TX 3/6/2014 8:57:05 AM
Actually Coyute I'm probably below that :-)
Coyute, CO 3/6/2014 9:43:32 AM
adrenaline_junkie_ff, CO 3/6/2014 9:50:09 AM
Loved the write up. Laughed the whole way through. As read it, I constantly thought of all the wool clothes I've picked up at the second hand stores. I spend no more than $5 on my wool shirts or coats and find some good jackets as well. Some of the ladies at the VFW comment to my wife that they find me more attractive in my "logger" dress and unshaven than in my "office" dress I show up in regularly. Funny how that works.
Coyute, CO 3/6/2014 12:59:38 PM
That's funny adrenaline_junkie_ff! If a gal is more interested in a fellow in a suit and tie rather than a rough looking sort in logger gear, I figure she looking more for a paycheck than a man. :)
Dave Mauldin, TX 3/6/2014 3:52:04 PM
In a similar vein, when I come off the lake after a hard day of practice before a tournament, I see a newbe competitor who just returned to the ramp before me, scrubbing his boat down like he was about to sell it.
I mention to him "Hello, BTW, they are not giving style points in this tournament"
Not sure how that is taken, but it seems funny to me at the time.
Dave Mauldin, TX 3/6/2014 6:24:16 PM
...also noticed over the years the fish do not particularly respond to a fresh bubble bath, or a close shave, or a clean shirt.
However , they don't want their worm smelling badly, so I'm careful with that...but they are not checking out how you look!
I like that!
tbblom, CO 3/7/2014 7:12:13 AM
There should be an Orvis-hatch hitting the Frying pan every weekend.
Coloradomrg, CO 3/9/2014 5:29:57 PM
I mostly agree with this... I don't particularly care what others think of what I wear, but I do want to be comfortable. Columbia makes some great stuff, and if you are patient it doesn't have to be expensive. I like quick dry breathable fabrics, pants that zip off and sun protection. Not a fan of sunscreen so I try to cover everything. I've had expensive sunglasses, they can be nice but I can make $20 sunglasses last just as long as $300 ones.