Who better than our friends at Orvis to give us an update on the latest and greatest sporting gear.
Photography by Gustav Schmiege III
Produced by Angela Caron
“If you could do anything you wanted to customize a fly rod, what would you do?” That question was the genesis of this masterpiece, which Orvis created with a group of top guides and rod designers. No flash, no shine — this baby is blacked out with matte black finish, black guides, and black hardware
SPECIAL EDITION HELIOS 2 COVERT ROD | From $850
P.S. The newest reel from Orvis delivers a 12 percent increase in line retrieval rate with a narrow spool for less line stacking.
HYDRO SL FLY REEL | From $198
Who’d have thought a classic gimme cap could make someone so happy. Actually, Jackie Kutzer (center) is about to partake in the blast part of our cast-and-blast photo shoot, and so are her husband Peter (left) and Charley Perkins (right). Her cap’s cotton-twill front sports a vintage-inspired patch. One size fits most (but not our photographer’s melon). Her midweight shooting shirt is hidden beneath her husband’s bear hug. Peter donned a mesh-backed blaze hat, a cool cotton shooting shirt, and a pair of uplander shooting gloves. Charley’s glasses use technology developed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab.
Retro Orvis Ballcap | $25
Women’s Midweight Shooting Shirt | $79
Mesh-Backed Blaze Hat | $19.50
Long-Sleeve Cotton Featherweight Shooting Shirt | $69
Uplander Shooting Gloves | $79
Avian Orange Shooting Glasses | $89
One Size Does Not Fit All
Finally! Chest waders actually designed for women. These convertible-top waders feature durable 4-layer nylon outer fabric construction, patented Orvis SonicSeam technology, and anatomically correct neoprene booties with rubberized lining.
Women’s Silver Sonic Convertible-Top Waders | $279
Woodland-Camo Seedpack Ball Cap | $29
Misty Morning Western Flannel Shirt | $89
Waterproof Hip Pack | $219
When that old largemouth bass chomps on your hopper, you can finish the fight without fear of breakage. The knotted strength of SuperStrong is higher than any other nylon material, which is why it’s the all-around freshwater leader material. Available in 30-meter and 100-meter spools.
SuperStrong Plus Tippet | $4.95 — $11.95