Who knew LT. Dangle from Reno 911 fame was on Johnny Morris' payroll in 1976? Photo Bass Pro Shops 1976 Christmas catalog.

Back in the days before really good cold-weather gear like AFTCO, SIMMS and Stormr, serious anglers all needed something to keep them warm from the elements – especially during winter. Back then there wasn’t much to choose from. Either you used expensive ski gear or a one-piece snow mobile suit like shown at the left.

It was about this time I got my first snow mobile suit for fishing those frosty southern California winter days, and the one LT. Dangle, of Reno 911 fame, is modeling was the one. I was all of 12 years old but I felt like the pros I worshiped. The suit served me well for a couple years until I grew out of it and had to get a new one – this one manufactured by Sterns. All I can say now is Thank God for Carhartt bibs and Gortex jackets. By the way, does anyone know where to get a good pair of flight glasses and a stick-on ‘stache?

As I was resurrecting the old posts from the backed-up files, I saw reader comments on some of the old posts.  Where available, I have included these old comments to bring back some memories as well as maybe inspire some more comments.  You can read the comments posted to this post below.


Past Reader Comments:

fish_food:  Uncle Buck’s bassmate?

Rob Shaw:  There’s a good chance that my wife Jerri is in that catalog! She modeled clothes for Bass Pro in the late 70’s.

Terry to Rob Shaw:  Really Rob? You have any old Bass Pro Catalogs? 🙂