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Orvis Fly Fishing 101

Mrs. RCS and I have been seriously intrigued with fly fishing for quite some time.  There is something about the solitude and the commune with nature that appeals to both of us, as well as the hunt.  The idea of landing a trout, and eventually a bonefish on a fly is one that we are […]

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Jim - August 24, 2016 - 10:25 AM

My wife and I took the 101 class at the Avalon store back at the end of June. They did a great job of making it fun and informative. Trying to make some time on the calendar for the 201 class.

Randy - August 24, 2016 - 12:08 PM

I started fly fishing in earnest when I moved to Colorado about 15 years ago and one of my first stops was the Orvis 101 class.

I agree wholeheartedly that these classes are a great resource and are taught by people who come with a wealth of knowledge on local opportunities to catch fish and a real world background in what works.

Just like any other hobby, fly fishing can be as simple or as complicated as you choose to make it and from my experience these classes offer a good demystification of the sport.

Good luck RCS, hope to see some good trip reports on this blog in the near future.

DH - August 24, 2016 - 12:23 PM

Just started fly fishing around WNC this summer after an Orvis FF101 class at the Charlotte store in May. It didn’t take long to get completely hooked. I have to agree that the class is the perfect way to get to know the sport and begin your journey.

RCS, make sure to do the 201 class, which should put you on some body of water, and the definitely the 301, which is essentially a discounted guided trip. Had a great time back in July on a 301 trip in Tennessee.

Landy - August 24, 2016 - 12:52 PM

Even with instruction it can be frustrating if the bite isn’t on when just starting out with a fly rod. Regardless if you’re bringing fish to hand on a given day use each opportunity on the water to develop your craft – casting, placement and presentation.

North Georgia and WNC offer a much better variety of water and significantly less fishing pressure than the Hooch, which is one of my least favorite fisheries

ATTN Atlanta: Miller Brother’s Pig Roast

The fine folks at Miller Brother’s are celebrating the college football kickoff with a pig roast and tailgate party at their place on September 3rd from 12-3PM.  Come on down and grab a bite before you head down to the Dome for the UGA vs. North Carolina game.  See you there! Miller Brother’s 3207 Paces […]

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Drake’s Autumn/Winter ’16 Look

Since Fall is getting close, you are about to see a barrage brand catalogs in the form of emails, social media, and carrier pigeon announcing their new lines.  It’s about time…this time of year is the sweet spot for quite a few of my favorite brands.  Today we are happy to show off the good […]

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Cory - August 22, 2016 - 11:40 AM

Damn! Could I have one of everything, please? What a lookbook!

Fall Wish List

With Fall just around the corner, I have been taking stock of what’s in my closet, as well as what’s in storage.  Over the next couple months, I will begin the transition of bringing all my cold weather stuff out of storage and packing my warm weather stuff so it can hibernate for the winter.  This […]

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Tyler Bankhead - August 19, 2016 - 9:48 AM

Great roundup Jay! I really like the green trousers, I’ve been hesitant to add these to my rotation for sometime but it looks like this year might be the year. I’m a proud owner in the Patagonia you have listed at #8. If you can imagine a fit in between your Snap-T and the Better Sweater, thats where this jacket falls. Out of the box it’s a little slim but with time does stretch slightly but still retains its shape. I would certainly recommend hang drying as the material will shrink up substantially in the dryer. Hope this helps!

Ryan - August 19, 2016 - 10:04 AM

The quilted snap-t is cut WAY slimmer than a traditional snap t. I went up a size and it’s still a slimmer cut than my other snap-ts.

Edwin Bell - August 19, 2016 - 10:07 AM

Buy the RM’s from this guy. Bought Gardners from them – great price and cheap delivery

Seth - August 19, 2016 - 10:18 AM

Snag the RM Williams Chelsea boots from their website, the US dollar is strong against the AUS…

Mike - August 19, 2016 - 11:07 AM

Hot tip on the suede loafers – wait until the next F&F sale at BB and you can pick up their brown suede Alden tassels for ~$385 or so. I bought them in snuff last year, and they’re among my most worn shoes. I plan on snagging the brown suede next go around.

James - August 19, 2016 - 11:47 AM

I have a pair of chocolate suede tassels from Alfred Sargent that I’m wearing right now. Definitely a very versatile shoe. I’ve been drooling over that Patagonia snap-t for weeks but I think the Mrs. would kill me if I added to an already large collection of those….

Nem - August 22, 2016 - 8:59 AM

Try eBay seller “epboots” for custom made genuine alligator straps in all widths. I have 2 from him and they are of a quality far and away better than most overpriced mass production units. 1 1/8″ deep gloss brown for my sterling slide, and a 1″ chestnut brown matte for my ancient brass prong monogram plate. You’ll be pleased.

August Trip to Scott’s

Full Disclosure: Mrs. RCS and I are neck-deep in our kitchen renovation.  We have been without a kitchen for two months, and this has taken a toll on our livelihood inside the house.  Living without a kitchen is tough.  With only a few weeks left, there’s light at the end of the tunnel, and we can’t […]

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Kim - August 16, 2016 - 4:54 PM

Oh yes, tons of things here in my house from Scott. I’ve scored so many good finds there, but since now all I’m looking for is a couple of candle sconces, my visits have tapered off. When the daughters are ready for stage 2 of decorating, we’ll hit it again, but right now they are in saving$$/usewhatyoualreadyhave mode. My house is “Southern with a French twist”, Daughter #2 is “British Colonial/West Indies” traditional and Daughter #1 has a Postwar Bungalow in East Nashville that we just did with some industrial touches and lots of travel type stuff.

I get lost in the maps and prints and old books. I could stay there all day.

jay - August 17, 2016 - 1:53 AM

You know some of that shit is haunted. Be careful what you bring in.

Nem - August 17, 2016 - 5:50 PM

Going on Sunday is a smart play. Most vendors are ready to make deals on Sunday while packing unsold items to take back to their warehouse.

But, you missed the real hero at SAM. The chicken salad.

JAG - August 18, 2016 - 3:12 PM

What’s the link to those Spotify playlists?

Get to Know: Tecovas Boots

I had the pleasure of talking to Paul Hendrick about something that we both take seriously: value proposition.  Paul runs Tecovas boot company out of Austin, TX, and is starting to get some serious market share. Tecovas has figured out how to keep the pricing down on high-quality cowboy boots and ropers.  They don’t go […]

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BH - August 15, 2016 - 12:02 PM

This a great find. I have been looking for some traditional looking cowboy boots at a good price point (since I won’t be wearing them too often). On another note, I have been listening to a lot of Turnpike Troubadours lately. Great bands. Thanks for the post.

Scotch - August 16, 2016 - 10:14 AM

Pre-ordered a pair of the ostrich, too. Excited to get them and see how they work out. Prices are great and the few reviews I’ve found for Tecovas have been pretty positive.

CHS - August 24, 2016 - 7:13 AM

What’s the fit like on these? True to size?

GM - August 17, 2016 - 9:47 PM

Received mine in the mail today. Football season can’t get here fast enough. These will be the go-to boot for years to come. Thanks for the review.

Dalton - August 18, 2016 - 11:18 AM

How can one go about pre ordering the dukes ? got to have a pair.

Friday Jam: Non-Musician’s Musical Inspiration

Friday Jams are some of my favorite posts.  As we all know, YouTube is a dangerous rabbit hole where you can get lost for hours.  I love making the trip…a lot of my searching is for old live music, some of which I share on the blog on Fridays. Music has been a huge inspiration […]

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Christopher Johnson - August 12, 2016 - 8:38 AM

Stevie Wonder’s Boogie On may be one of the best party starters