I think this holds true to fly fishers as well. There are definitely certain types I encounter out on the field. This list is not meant to be exhaustive, nor prescriptive--merely a bunch of observations of some general trends.
likely has a DSLR camera tucked into their waders or hip-pack.
Hat: Baseball style, major brand name.
Shirt: Performance fabric "fishing" style. Long sleeve. May be flannel.
Waders/Boots: Simms, Orvis, or Patagonia ONLY.
Rod/Reel: High performance model from big brand.
Like the Guide, also takes their fishing very seriously, but it manifests completely different. This is your tweed wearing, pipe smoking, cane casting, traditionalist. Vest and vest only, and if it wasn't good enough for Lee Wulff, it isn't good enough for me. Grey hair is not a prerequisite, but it helps.
Hat: Donegal; brown tweed
|The Old Timer Archetype|
Waders/Boots: If worn, will be completely utilitarian.
Rod/Reel: Cane, glass in a pinch. Hardy reels only.
Almost a sub-species of the Professor, but does not focuses more on what one has already rather than tradition for traditions sake. Gear is rarely replaced. Patching marks are more frequent on waders than
the original material.
Hat: Straw. More holes than Swiss cheese.
Shirt: Flannel. Plaid. From the '70s.
Waders: Neoprene, or hip.
Rod/Reel: Probably a vintage glass. Whatever the rod, it is likely one of the first three you ever bought.
A relatively new player on the scene, this create frequents social media sites (Twitter, Instagram, etc.) and is typically seen creating user-content. Big brands are known and respected, but more streamside cred is earned by finding the newest and coolest gear from small independent manufacturers. Basically fly fishing's hipsters.
Hat: Flat brimmed snap-back with a trendy logo. Possible a variation on the skele-fish.
Shirt: Organic, fair trade, bamboo fabric made by that guy you saw on Twitter last week.
Waders: You haven't heard of the company yet.
Rod/Reel: Bespoke graphite or glass rod from a domestic upstart. Also a two-handed rod is used as much as possible, even when not swinging.
So there we go. Just a few things I have noticed before. Certainly not all the "styles" that are out there, and certainly there is a gradient. I fall somewhere between a Guide and Swinger with a hint of Old Timer myself. How about you? Leave a comment.