Suddenly it’s cool to drive a mini van…?


I’m a bit perplexed.

Since when have fly fishing publications included vehicles as part of their gear reviews? That’s a rhetorical question because, according to the latest issue of Fly Rod & Reel,  the answer would be, “right now”. You see, in the first issue of the New Year, one of the features is Tackle Guide 2016 and one of the featured bits of recommended gear (for bass fishing, mind you) is The Ride.


My perplexion doesn’t stop there.

The Ride is a Toyota Sienna Minivan, and whomever wrote the article said this about the vehicle in question:

“Tons of cool factor.”


Stop. Right. There.

Since when have mini vans been considered, in any way, cool? Um, since never.  In my world minivans are at the top of the list when it comes to un-cool, as evidenced by the Top 6 Stupidest Fly Fishing Cars review I did a few years ago. Mind you I have ridden to Yellowstone and back no fewer than 4 times in a mini van, and while I will admit they are deserving of adjectives such as ‘roomy’ and ‘comfortable’,  ‘cool’ would never factor into that description. When it comes to cool, minivans are right up there with the Toyota Prius.

Then again, I’m not a bass fisherman so maybe I’m missing something.





  1. Howard Levett

    You know Kirk, I have never seen the word perplexion used before. Needless to say since spellcheck has told me I’m correct, I need to say that I’m sitting here in complete perplexity. Good review none-the-less. There is no way a minivan is going to be my ride.

    • Kirk Werner

      Howard, you need to embrace the fact that the English language is evolving at a breakneck pace, with an unknown quantity of new words bing added to the Urban Dictionary daily. The number of new words is so vast that it will cause perplexualizations as spell check struggles to keep up with it all. Thanks for chiming in–always appreciated.

  2. Mark

    Dear Sir,
    beverages yes, glasses not necessary, happy new year and keep the line tide
    greetings from mark

    • Kirk Werner

      Happy New Year to you as well, Mark. Thanks for stopping by the UA.

  3. Mark

    by the way a mini van is a bit of misuderstanding

  4. Mike Sepelak

    I thought the mini-van was replaced by the small SUV? That’s all I see around here, anyway. They’re nothing compared to the Grand Voyager I had when my boys were small. God, what a ponderous beast that was.

    • Kirk Werner

      My in-laws have been prone to Mopar minivans. I would have thought the first one was enough, but then they made the mistake of getting a second one. Then again, they had a Pace back in the 70’s, so I guess I shouldn’t be surprised.

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