Come Fly with Me
Fisherman and Environmental Scientist Chris Jopp

Chris Jopp usually has water on the brain. The sea is his friend and companion. He studies its molecular properties in the lab, he teaches its properties and dangers in the classroom, and he fishes its depths for sport. The Polish emigre is an associate professor of marine safety and environment at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, a faculty position that occasionally puts him on the frontline of environmental disasters such as the Exxon Valdez oil spill. "I needed to calculate the right concentration of bacteria to put in Prince William Sound to eat up the oil," says Jopp in his heavily-accented English. When the environmental toxicologist is not hunched over the microscope, his maritime gaze shifts seaward. He runs a Cape Cod charter fishing business, Come Fly With Me, that caters to that rarefied kind of angler who prefers ocean fly-fishing.

"Bluefin tuna and striped bass are my specialty," he says."I don't like heavy-line fishing in which a fish is not any kind of excitement. My uncle in Poland, who loved fishing for salmon, once said to me, 'There are two ways of catching fish: the hard way with a fly, and the easy way with bait." So, if you think standing high-deep in a mountain stream trying to land a trout can be a challenging, if not frustrating experience, consider this fish fact: Jopp caught a world-record 70-pound bluefin tuna using a fly rod, artifical lure and 12-pound test line.

Jopp is also a fan of RailRiders. You might say he's hooked. "Each fishing season I will spend 100 days on the boat fishing and during that time, I will go through two pairs of Weatherpants. Each year, I then buy two more Weatherpants. I have tried all the other brands, but Weatherpants are the very best because they are so lightweight and quick-drying. Salt water is never a problem."