Fashion and the Fisherman

Fashion and the Fisherman

Fashion and the Fisherman
By A.J. Klott

The one thing I have always enjoyed about fishing is that you rarely see anyone wearing a tie.

I suppose there is the occasional urban lunchtime warrior who might race from his cubicle to the Hudson river to get a few casts in for some glow-in-the-dark fish, but ties are certainly not the norm when it comes to suiting up for a days fishing on the river.

When it comes to high fashion in the fishing world, a button up fast drying high tech shirt is about as close to fashionable as it gets.Unless of course you count the plaid jacket!!

As it is, I can't quite figure out the purpose of the necktie anyway.

Who in their right mind would come up with a part of the male wardrobe to wrap around your neck, and then cinch it up tight, and consider this a vital part of the function of clothing.

For Gods sake,this is what they would do to condemned men just before they drop the floor out from under them, to create a rather discomforting constriction about the windpipe and neck.

I could understand it if the tie somehow held all our other clothes up,like a belt, keeping our clothes from dropping to our ankles in a useless gathering of cloth. As far as I know there has also never been an instance of a tie keeping a shirt in tact in high winds.

It's obvious the tie was invented by our female counterparts, and is the ultimate payback for all our manly sins that we commit everyday. I am sure it was produced under the guise of "fashion" at some point, with some weak feeble argument that a "gentleman" should always don a noose around his neck-lest he become a barbarian!!

Other parts of the wardrobe I understand.


I understand shoes. They were developed to help protect our feet from the hostile environment of thistles, weeds,pavement,and hot coffee spills. Shoes make sense


Protection from shoe rub and sneaky thistles approaching from ankle height.


Well, outside of not developing them with an expandable waistband, pants have proven beneficial in adding warmth, again providing protection from yet even higher thistles and stickers, keeping the suns harmful rays off of pasty white anglo legs, and protecting us from hot coffee spills. As an added benefit, they also protect our eyes from viewing knobby knees and senior citizens who might otherwise have been walking around in black socks, Florisheims, and a loin cloth had pants not been invented.


The jury is still out on this benefit--BUTT-- we will give underwear the benefit of the doubt.


Again, sun protection, warmth in the winter, and a place to hide those man breasts and ape like features we men have worked hard to develop. Keeps ketchup and mustard off our bellys also.


We all know where the heat is going to escape. A brilliant invention and very much like the thermos--it keeps you warm, it keeps you cool, how does it know???

Coats, gloves,vests,belts,boots--hell-- even chaps, all seem to have a function behind them.

But the tie?

Unless it was developed for men to have a permanently available napkin, or snot rag---I see no purpose.

Actually, you could make the argument that fishermen are the only men that SHOULD wear ties. As long as they were made of sheeps wool, the flyfisherman could use the "fuzzy tie" to have even a greater drying pad to keep his caddis, royal coachman, and brindle bugs handy and at the ready for quick pattern change out.

But enough about the tie.

Fashion, as a general rule has escaped the fishing world.

This is a world where despite the efforts of Orvis and L.L. Bean, plaid is still the king, the t-shirt is still considered standard issue and drab greens and brown tones rule the day.

Thank goodness, because I know the day is coming -when the Gods of fashion will begin to turn the fishing world upside down with trendy nouveau styles and colors.

Before long, tall, emaciated, high cheek boned beauties will be "walking the runway", in Jordache waders showing us the latest designs of, breathable yet flattering river wear, in purple,yellow, floral and .......dare I say it....TAUPE!! Especially since more and more women are taking up the sport of flyfishing, can high fashion be far behind??

I'm not sure you can feel like a snappy dresser with fish guts,bait and slime all over you but maybe with a diamond encrusted net dangling from your hip you will feel properly accessorized for an elegant evening on the river.

The fishing world has already come a long way when it comes to fashion--or should I say style.Once upon a time, most fisherman looked more like deck hands, wearing rubber waders with big oversized boots at the bottom. You would slip these over your jeans and big thick wooly socks and if was cold, that red and black checkered jacket would keep you warm.It also would help to hide the tobacco juice stains that you would invariably always spit on yourself while fishing. It basically was one size fits all--and you couldn't tell if a person was 270 pounds or 140 pounds under the rubber--everyone looked 270 pounds.

Today neoprene and lightweight high tech shredded milk carton shirts are being seen more and more, and the fishing vest has more cubbies and pockets than a colony of Kangaroos.

And they look good on the cover of magazines to boot!!

Speaking of boots.

I remember my first wading boots were basically the same boots I wore to muck out manholes when I worked for the telephone company. Now, they look more like "Hush Puppies" and I'm not so sure I wouldn't be proud to wear them into the office.

I suppose the day is coming when neoprene waders will be made to look like tuxedos or Armani suits--so we can really look like gentlemen out there. That might not actually be a bad idea, I for one could see the benefit in that--especially if the wedding ceremony runs into the evening hatch--one could still make it out to the river and save some valuable time avoiding "change time".

All in all, it doesn't really matter to me if some style continues to creep into the fishing world, but if they start making the "river tie"--I'm taking up Golf!

A.J. Klott

Author, writer of fishing humor,and "fly tack" peddler.A.J. writes about the people,characters and modern day events that surround the fishing world. His first book is due out in December of 2005. If you need a laugh or a fun gift, visit his website at: []

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The Water They Breathe - Environmental Impacts On Our Waters and Habitat

The Water They Breathe - Environmental Impacts On Our Waters and Habitat

The Water They Breathe - Environmental Impacts On Our Waters and Habitat
By Paul Ramos

Like many outdoorsmen and women today, there is nothing comparable to spending a day with nature, and in particular, a day out on the water. This is especially true for individuals like myself where waterways, canals, beaches, rivers, swamps and estuaries are plenty. I only have to drive a few miles West and I'm in Everglades National Park. One of the most unique ecosystems on the planet. It's a wilderness paradise that has been preserved and protected today thanks to Harry S. Truman and a generation of Americans who saw its beauty and importance to our society.

During the past two decades, I've grown more and more concerned with the changes that I have seen. I believe that these changes have been pivotal because of the pressures that have been put on our environment, especially with our water. My deepest concern is that some of the damage that has been done may be irreversible. As an angler for many years, I believe I can share some observations that many scientists and experts in the field would agree with.

There has been a significant decline in the population of fish. Certain species that were common in my area during the 70's and 80's are rarely seen or caught today.

There have been laws and amendment enacted to remedy this problem. In some cases yes, populations have improved from netting bans, some of the order has been restored. I haven't seen any significant changes, and to be fair, it could be due to a host of other reasons. Reasons like global warming, and changes in seasonal patterns. In the 1980's, I would cast a fishing line behind my house and catch a Snapper, Sheepshead, Redfish, Jack in less than an hour. I would be lucky to even catch a Snapper and the other species together given months on the water fishing.

The habitat of these fish and wildlife are not being preserved. Most times they are underfunded and given less priority by city governments.

Funny as it sounds, our Natural Resources need resources. Mother Nature alone needs a hand in caring for her own. Why? It's because we humans are instrumental in affecting the balance. It is this sensitive balance that even with the brightest minds and the best engineers aren't capable of restoring or even managing.

The encroachment of development, even on non protected lands still has an indirect effect on nearby protected lands and water.

The Real Estate boom was a bust for the Environment. Planners and Politicians continue to tell us economic growth was vital to our sustainability. Too often, our environment again suffers long term effects that generations will not be able to repair. There is no better example of this than a coastal city where I live that was literately transformed from 2-4 level quaint motels and condominiums, into massive eyesores. that literately could reach the clouds on certain days. It is this small coastal community where I first visited in 1976 and where you could look into the marina and see clear blue water. You could swear you were looking at a fish tank, and of course it was teaming with a variety of fish. Today it's all but a brown haze, from countless sewage pipe breaches. On a good day it may be a clear green. The numbers of fish, as you would expect, nonexistent. I just feel sad for kids who will never know how beautiful that water was. Never.

So it's the quality of the water above all. It's the air they breathe, the water that spawns life. We as intelligent beings have a responsibility to understand that we cannot damage our waters and our habitat without damaging ourselves and our own quality of life. Life begins with water, its sustainability and quality of its life begins with us.

Our natural resources are the great wonders of our country. It is ours to enjoy, nurture and leave as our legacy to future generations. As a contributor to [] and being involved with local community beach cleanups, promoting responsible use of our resources is the message I like to share and encourage everyone to participate in. My hope is that you find the same inspiration and passion for nature and our resources, and share that with others.

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