Aldo Leopold on Gadgets

December 11, 2003 By: Marshall Cutchin

Almost 60 years ago, Aldo Leopold remarked on something all fly fishers are now familiar with.
“Then came the gadgeteer, otherwise known as the sporting-goods dealer. He has draped the American outdoors man with an infinity of contraptions, all offered as aids to self-reliance, hardihood, woodcraft, or marksmanship, but too often functioning as substitutes for them. Gadgets fill the pockets, they dangle from neck and belt. The overflow fills the auto-trunk, and also the trailer. Each item of outdoor equipment grows lighter and often better, but the aggregate poundage becomes tonnage.”
Aldo Leopold
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