Orvis Fly Fishing 201

A couple Sunday’s ago, Mrs. RCS and I doubled down on our venture into the wonderful world of fly fishing.  We had taken the Orvis 101 class out of the Buckhead store, which completely wet our appetite.  The next step was the fly fishing 201 class with familiar faces Andy, Aaron, and Matt at Murphy Candler Park in Atlanta.

We were very excited to get to the water…but first, breakfast:

We made our way over to Murphy Candler park, where the Orvis folks had all congregated along the coast.  Including instructors, there were about ten of us, so not only did everyone get a good piece of shore to practice, we all got quite a bit of personalized instruction.  The guys were great and they really took quite a bit of time to ensure that each of us had a grasp of what’s going on.

All in all, the 201 class is EXACTLY what we wanted.  After the 101 class, which was a lot of basic instruction, 201 was on the water.  We learned a very important fly fishing skill: the roll cast.  The roll cast is what you use when there isn’t a lot of room behind you to get your fly into the water.  The technique is tricky, but with some patience, we were all comfortable getting down to business.  The class was free, but required completion of the 101 class.  The class was a good two and a half hours long, which was plenty of casting.

Aaron showing us how it’s done:

Mrs. RCS picked it up like a champ:

As for me?  Well, the sea was angry that day, my friends.  I know the monster is out there…waiting…watching…but he won’t outsmart this beginning fly fisherman.  He has haunted my dreams.  After becoming one with the water, I knew that he would be mine.

There’s no use trying to hide…

After reeling in this monster, I’m confident that I’m qualified to write the follow up to the Herman Melville classic.  I’ll call it ‘Moby Dick, Part Deux’.

I pick up the mounted trophy next week.  I don’t know if the space above our fireplace can handle such a monster.

In all seriousness, this was the first fish I’ve ever caught on a fly rod.  While it wasn’t anything more than a little bluegill, the experience of seeing the fish, putting the fly in front of him, and watching it take the fly is like nothing I’ve experienced.  The fish took the fly, but I am completely hooked.  Hopefully my next catch will provide an acceptable protein portion for supper.

Next up: the 301 class.  Mrs. RCS and I are excited for this one…which is a guided day trip on the water.  We’ll be fishing, using what we learned in our 101 and 201 classes.  At this point, we are both ready to get some of our own equipment so we can start practicing, building our casting strength, and some serious fishing.

This has been a great experience thus far; we can’t wait for what’s next…

Townes - September 21, 2016 - 9:57 AM

Congrats. Fly fishing is great! Post all the fly fishing gear you can on here. Big fan.

Mike - September 23, 2016 - 9:37 AM

Great post. I know you’ll enjoy the next outing…my first flyfishing experience was a half day guided trip with Arrick’s fly shop in West Yellowstone, MT. I learned more in a half day with our guide than I could have in 5 years going it alone. Also, good call on Waffle House – now I’m craving an all star breakfast.

MSM - September 23, 2016 - 3:41 PM

Heading to a 101 class tomorrow to learn some basics before a guided trip next year. Hopefully I’ll be able to work in a 201 class before then.

Thanks for sharing. I’ve been wanting to get started but YouTube tutorials only take you so far.

An Amazing Goodwill Find

As you all know, I like to frequent Goodwill stores.  You never know what you’ll find.  Yes, I’ve had some great luck through the years, and ever once in a while, there is a find worth sharing.  Today I found something that is worthy of a post.  In fact, I couldn’t wait to get these on the blog.

Patagonia Stand Up Shorts are my absolute favorite shorts.  I have been wearing them forever, and will continue to wear them.  I like the they are starting to add some vintage colors…  Anyway, I came across these today:

Sure, they look like your normal 5″ Stand Ups, and they are in surprisingly good shape.  Like the ‘never been dried’ good shape.  And the famous back pockets:

Ahh yes.  But wait – does that Patagonia tag look a little strange?  Humm…it doesn’t say ‘Organic Cotton’, like they have for the last 15 or so years

Oh that’s why – these are the ORIGINAL Stand Up Shorts, in impeccable shape.  Please and thank you.

The only problem?  They aren’t my size.  These are a size 32, so they are available…anyone interested?  Send me an email with serious offers…

Brett W - September 20, 2016 - 2:09 AM

Would you sell them to a fellow bulldawg? If you bring them to Athens next home game I’ll throw you cash and buy you a beer.

Bruno - September 20, 2016 - 9:19 AM

I’m exactly a 32. Can certainly Paypal you for the shorts! What a find, let me know. Bruno

Justin - September 20, 2016 - 9:22 PM

Darn, just got down to 34 but those would be excellent by next summer

Nem - September 26, 2016 - 11:57 AM

Those are rare indeed! The Original’s did not have the 3rd read “wallet” pocket on the right side that more recent versions have.

State Traditions X RCS “Three Weeks In” Giveaway

Well, as college football fans, Saturday was everything we’ve all been waiting for.  The games were incredible, and pre-season rankings have officially been thrown out the window.  I originally picked Bama, Clemson, LSU, and Oklahoma as my final four.  Throw that out the window…Clemson and Bama are still the most likely, but they have LONG roads to go.  I would pay a pretty penny to see the upcoming Clemson vs. Louisville game.  Action Jackson is the real deal.

So what do you think?  Where is your head these days?

We’ve teamed up with State Traditions for a really cool giveaway:  We want to know who you think are the final four teams after yesterday’s results.  We’re going to do this giveaway a little different, too: one winner for every 100 comments.  Yep – the more the merrier.   Each winner gets a Gameday Trucker hat of their choice, a t-shirt of their choice, and a belt of their choice:

Here are the details:  To get in, leave a comment with your picks for the final four College Football playoff teams to enter.

For additional entries:

  • +1 (2 Total) ‘Like’ State Traditions on Facebook
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  • +1 (4 Total) ‘Follow’ State Traditions on Twitter
  • +1 (5 Total) ’Follow’ Red Clay Soul on Twitter
  • +1 (6 Total) Tweet the following about the giveaway ‘It’s 3 weeks in… I entered to win the @statetraditions X @redclaysoul College Football Giveaway. Go here to enter: http://www.redclaysoul.com/?p=10484’

Entries must be in by Sunday, September 25th at midnight ET.  I’ll announce the winners on Monday, September 26th around lunchtime, who gets the State Traditions trucker hat, t-shirt, and belt of their choice.

Special thanks to State Traditions for providing the goods for the giveaway…

John Lawton - September 19, 2016 - 8:23 AM

Bama, Ohio State, Clemson, Michigan

Myra Searles - September 19, 2016 - 8:29 AM

Alabama, Ohio State, Clemson, Louisville

Jordan - September 19, 2016 - 8:38 AM

Bama, Ohio State, Clemson, Stanford

BuzzKillington - September 19, 2016 - 8:51 AM

Bama, Ohio State, Louisville, Stanford.

James - September 19, 2016 - 9:05 AM

Bama, Michigan, Louisville, Clemson

Andrew - September 19, 2016 - 9:22 AM

Bama, Michigan, Louisville and Houston. The Pac 12 knocks themselves out like the Big 12 already has!

Kai - September 19, 2016 - 9:38 AM

Bama, Louisville, Ohio State, Houston.

Fritz - September 19, 2016 - 9:55 AM

Bama, Louisville, Ohio State, Houston

Fritz - September 19, 2016 - 9:56 AM

Bama, Ohio State, Louisville, Houston

Ross - September 19, 2016 - 9:59 AM

Bama, Houston, Clemson, Ohio State

Charlie - September 19, 2016 - 10:13 AM

Alabama,Michigan, Louisville, Ohio State

Sean - September 19, 2016 - 10:43 AM

Bama, Louisville, Ohio St, Houston

Jason - September 19, 2016 - 10:53 AM

Bama, Louisville, Houston, Ohio State

Jason - September 19, 2016 - 10:53 AM

Bama, L’ville, Ohio State, Houston

MRJ - September 19, 2016 - 11:14 AM

Alabama, Louisville, Ohio State, Houston

Pete - September 19, 2016 - 11:23 AM

Clemson, Michigan, UGA, OSU

Matt - September 19, 2016 - 11:29 AM

Bama, Ohio State, Clemson, Louisville

Joe - September 19, 2016 - 11:36 AM

Alabama, tOSU, Clemson, Stanford

Wes - September 19, 2016 - 11:41 AM

Alabama, Ohio State, Stanford, Clemson

Steven Bremer - September 19, 2016 - 12:43 PM

Houston, Louisville, Ohio State, Stanford. Louisville wins it all.

Grant - September 19, 2016 - 12:49 PM

Alabama, Ohio State, Louisville, Clemson

Cory Folds - September 19, 2016 - 12:57 PM

Alabama, Ohio State, Clemson, Stanford

Addison - September 19, 2016 - 1:03 PM

Bama, Ohio State, Clemson, Stanford

GLH - September 19, 2016 - 2:12 PM

Bama, Ohio State, Stanford, Louisville

Whit - September 19, 2016 - 2:14 PM

Clemson, Bama, OSU, Stanford

Brett Acayan - September 19, 2016 - 2:27 PM

Bama, Clemson, Louisville, OSU

John - September 19, 2016 - 2:30 PM

Bama, Louisville, Ohio State, Stanford

Ashtin - September 19, 2016 - 3:15 PM

THE Ohio State, Bama, Clemson, Houston

Chris - September 19, 2016 - 4:56 PM

Louisville, Bama, Clemson, OSU

John Davis - September 19, 2016 - 5:00 PM

Tennessee, Clemson, Michigan St, Alabama

Bobby - September 19, 2016 - 7:33 PM

Bama, (an) Ohio state, Clemson, Stanford

Mark Sayer - September 19, 2016 - 9:19 PM

Bama, Ohio State, Michigan, Clemson. Wow, times have changed if Clemson is my least hated of these. Go Dawgs!

Scott padjen - September 19, 2016 - 9:31 PM

Ohio state , Alabama , Louisville , Houston

Stw - September 19, 2016 - 10:24 PM

I got bama, clemson. Louisville and houston

MBB - September 20, 2016 - 7:18 AM

Alabama, Ohio State, Stanford, Clemson

Conor - September 20, 2016 - 8:58 AM

Alabama
Ohio State
Louisville
Texas

Chris - September 20, 2016 - 12:28 PM

Alabama, Louisville, Michigan, Stanford

scott - September 20, 2016 - 3:21 PM

Bama, Houston, Clemson, Louisville

Greg - September 20, 2016 - 8:58 PM

Alabama, Louisville, Ohio State, Michigan

Adam Godfrey - September 21, 2016 - 1:41 PM

Alabama, Louisville, Miami, Ohio State

Parker - September 21, 2016 - 7:45 PM

Bama, Michigan, Houston and Washington

Chris - September 21, 2016 - 10:58 PM

Bama, Clemson, Mich St, Houston

Trip - September 22, 2016 - 10:58 AM

Bama, Clemson, Louisville, Houston

TAWalsh - September 23, 2016 - 11:22 AM

Ohio State, Louisville, Stanford, Bama

Caleb - September 23, 2016 - 12:25 PM

Alabama, Ohio State, Louisville and Houston

Ryan - September 25, 2016 - 12:30 AM

Clemson, Bama, Ohio State, Stanford

Ryan - September 25, 2016 - 12:30 AM

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LTHR Supply T1.1 Watch

I’ve become a bit of a watch guy.  I have a couple really nice watches that were both bought as monuments to important milestones in my life, and I have a few others that I love for other reasons.  Don’t get too wrapped around the axle with living in a Hodinkee world.  Not every watch needs to cost $1K minimum.  Buy what you like.

From a design perspective, these LTHR Supply T1.1 watches are about as cool as it gets.  Available over at Huckberry, they have three rotating dials underneath a ‘time window’.  They feature Swiss movement, battery powered, and are a nice 40mm width, 9MM depth (so it will fit under a dress shirt cuff), and have a 20mm lug width.

I’m not a huge fan of this band, so some nylon straps or something a little more rustic may be in order.  This looks like a great conversation starter…and the price point is just right.

What do you think?

The Khaki Spectrum

The conversation around khaki pants seems to have lost all momentum.  I don’t know about you, but I sure haven’t heard much.  Maybe it’s the influx of denim, or the popularity of the five-pocket style of cotton pants.  It could be the general relaxation of office dress codes.  Maybe it’s the misconception of a lack of viable options.  There have been some great khaki brands that have faded away, as well as some khaki brands that use to be great make a sub-par return.  There are quite a few brands of khakis that have been producing outstanding pants for years, and know what they are doing.  Don’t be afraid to go with the tried and true.  Think about Levi’s.

Khakis should be tailored just like any other garment.  If you are planning on wearing them for more dressy occasions, then get them tailored with or without a cuff (1.75″ minimum) with a slight to no-break, and tapered to 7.5-8″ wide.  For boots, go with a full break and and 8.5-9.5″ opening.  Middle of the road khakis go right in the middle of the road.  You get it.

To care for your khakis, be sure to check the tags on khakis, as some are dry-clean only.  If so, NO STARCH.  Khakis are supposed to be soft, and starch actually hurts more than it helps.  If they can be washed, do so on cold and hang them to air dry.  A good ironing will turn up the dressiness of a pair of khakis.  Don’t know how to do it?  There are plenty of YouTube videos that show how to iron a pair of khakis.

Khaki pants will NEVER go away.  They are an integral part of the preppy uniform, and they are the go-to for business casual.  Pledges love them, and sometimes hate them.  After a few years they become disposable (or shorts), but you’ll be hard pressed to find a more comfortable pair of pants after they are broken in.  The style(s) of khaki pants live in a spectrum.  There are some that would be considered dress khakis, that go with dress shoes and loafers, all the way to more utility khakis that go with boots, and the pants that fit in the middle.  I have experience with all of these brands, and ranked them into these segments:

From top left:

1. Incotex Slim Fit Cotton Chinos:  You’ll be hard pressed to find a better-fitting pair of pants.  Incotex is the top of the heap…you get what you pay for.  They aren’t cheap, but they fit as well as anything else on the market.  Need to dress up a business casual wardrobe?  Add a pair of Incotex.
2. Sid Mashburn Garment-Dyed Sport Trouser:  Besides the fit, the best part about Sid’s stuff is that it alterations are included.  These sport trousers, along with his canvas pants, are a dressy cut with some tough fabric.  They look like a million bucks, and break in very nicely.  After you fray the hems, cut them into shorts.
3. Epaulet Rivet Chinos:  Epaulet is that brand that makes you cooler than you deserve.  They do such good work…  Their rivet chinos are legendary, and should be worn like trousers.  Dress shoes and loafers.  Pressed only.
4. Orvis Ultimate Trim Fit Khakis:  Orvis doesn’t get the credit they deserve for their Ultimate Khakis.  They recently released their trim fit option, which is perfect for a tailored look.  They wash well and iron even better.  Next time you are shopping for khakis, don’t sleep on these.
5. Bonobos Graham Slackers Washed Chinos:  Bonobos knows what they are doing.  The plaid inside the pocket is a personal preference…some are into it, and some aren’t.  Considering how many pairs of these I see walking around (and that I own a couple pairs), they are doing something right.
6. Bill’s Khakis M3 Vintage Twill Chinos:  Bill’s Khakis have been around for quite some time, but their khakis were cut like MC Hammer pants.  They released their M3 for those of us that don’t want to wear parachute pants.  They are cut much more trim, and have a lower rise that looks much more tailored than their M1 or M2 options.  They are what I would consider the absolute middle of the road khakis.  They go with everything.  loafers, boots, running shoes, or barefoot.  They iron really well, but look fine unpressed.  High value proposition.
7. J. Crew 484 Khaki:  Standard.  They make these with a bunch of different fabrics and colors.  They iron fine, and have a good price point (because you can usually find them at a deep discount).  Yawn, but you get it.
8. Onward Reserve Piedmont Pants:  Onward did a great job with their khakis, especially for those that are looking for more of a classic fit.  These are great ironed with a pair of drivers or your favorite boots.  Tailgate approved.
9. Apolis Standard Issue Utility Chinos:  ‘Utility’ is a bit of a misnomer here, as these are anything but.  Ironed up, these fit in the top five (in terms of dressed up), but their sweet spot is hung dry and worn like jeans.
10. Grown & Sewn Independent Slim Khakis:  These folks don’t get too much play in the #menswear world, and I don’t know why.  They are excellent pants, and their slim fits are great with loafers and running shoes, and just wide enough to fit over a pair of boots.
11. Patagonia Straight Fit Duck Pants:  I don’t think ‘iron’ and ‘Patagonia’ go together, but I could be convinced otherwise.  These are duck pants, and should be worn as such.  Use these as a boot-first option, but don’t rule out ironing.  I may grab a pair and let you know how it goes.
12. L.L. Bean Signature Washed Canvas Cloth Pants:  Given the price point, these are a must-have.  Never iron them.  Wear them until they fray.  Perfect with Bean Boots and work boots.

What did I miss?  What are your go-to khakis?

Brad - September 16, 2016 - 8:44 AM

Bill’s last the longest. I have a few pairs that are worn weekly and are 8+ years old with plenty of trips to the cleaners.

b. - September 16, 2016 - 9:18 AM

Okay –

You forgot Unis Gio and the RRL Officer Chino. Unis Gio is great and the fabric irons wonderfully with a perfect leg opening. I think their pockets are a little deep and I wish for the price point they were selvege. RRL Officer Chino (there are a few variations) are great, but require tapering to look correct. Detail wise,they are wonderful and look like something that you would discover deadstock in an Army Surplus store. I am also going to sing the praises of Brave Star’s Tapered Selvage chino. The craftsmanship isn’t up to par with Epaulet or the higher-end brands – but – they are under $100 for selvege chinos with a button fly and waist curtain. The color on the website was not exactly accurate and they actually look much more like the Unis Gio colorways. Button fly and flap pockets. The only problemo is that they are often sold out – but totally worth your $100.

Drew - September 16, 2016 - 10:31 AM

I’ve become a huge fan of J. Press cotton twill trousers — and the new J. Press Blue version — since moving up North. They’re designed to be let out or let in. I more of a fan of the standard Press khakis with a regular rise — they sit right at the waist, and off the rack they don’t have the sag I’ve found in a lot of other khaki brands like Bill’s. The Blue model is trim without looking ridiculous. They’re both made of great fabric and hold a crease like nobody’s business, and they have a French fly and a split waistband, which a lot of chinos don’t.

BJ - September 16, 2016 - 10:35 AM

What happened to Jack Donnelly Khaki pants – they seem to have gone offline?

Drew - September 16, 2016 - 10:58 AM

Toward the casual end of the spectrum would be the original RT-7 pants by Southern Tide. Somewhere between a 5-pocket and a true chinos but they are great with loafers, drivers, bean boots, or even chaco’s in a certain situation. Great with a tshirt and tennis shoes running weekend errands or tucked in to go out.

Steven Bremer - September 16, 2016 - 2:15 PM

I recently got in to Taylor Stitch chinos. They are well made and the fit for me is great. At under $100 they are pretty great.

AJC - September 16, 2016 - 9:50 PM

Jack Donnelly’s hybrid fit are easily my favorites. Easy to dress up, easy to dress down, very well made, not as expensive as some brands that give you less for more, great customer service, and made in the USA. What more can you ask for?

Daniel - September 18, 2016 - 1:07 AM

No mention of Dockers? No idea why #menswear gets so sniffy about cotton twill trousers, but I’m quite fond of my Dockers – K-1’s, Field Khakis, etc.

They’re readily available, quite sturdy, and can be picked up in a non-violent shade for a reasonable price. Let’s not overthink this.

Joel Vau - September 18, 2016 - 12:05 PM

One note to add is that “khakis” come in slight variations of only one color, khaki. Signs in Macy’s denoting blue or black or bone colored Dockers as khakis are ridiculous. Call those imposters chinos.

Second, a very nice pair, very low priced, for business and especially travel wear are made by Izod. They have just a slight bit of stretch, come in both flat and pleated and look great wtih a blazer and pennies once I take them to the tailor to have them cuffed.

Also, to be true trad or preppy, the pockets must be on-seam, not slanted. They just look better. Dockers are always slanted which is a reason to avoid them.

Dutch Uncle - September 18, 2016 - 2:16 PM

Lands’ End, period.

Nathan Scripps - September 20, 2016 - 5:58 PM

I’d add UNIS Gio to this list. I have several pairs – one in proper Khaki, the others a variety of colors – and they wear in beautifully in the course of a year. The thigh fade on the brighter colors and pocket edge slight fraying are signs that you are hitting a sweet spot with them…

Once the thigh fade and/or pocket fray goes from subtle to obvious, I pull out the scissors and have a new pair of shorts.

NOTE: I have 8 or so pairs of UNIS Gio’s made in the USA (some have since become shorts) and two recent paris made in Portugal. The Portugal line seem to use slightly lighter weight lining materials that makes a small difference in fit… not sure how it changes longevity.

Oh… and Incotex really is hard to beat if you can pony up the price.

The Rare Prints Gallery in Franklin, TN

Some of our best friends recently moved to Nolansville, a suburb outside of Nashville.  We went up to see them and their new house a few weeks ago, which included a trip for breakfast in Franklin.  We strolled around town after we ate, and came across the Rare Prints Gallery.  What a cool spot…given that Mrs. RCS and I have been working to decorate our house, we’ve been spending quite a bit of time in places like these…  This one was a notch above the rest.

They have an excellent collection of vintage prints, all framed very appropriately that would work in just about any non-Barbie themed house.  This is 95% my style, and about 80% of Mrs. RCS’s style.  Needless to say, we both enjoyed it very much:

Some unframed options:

Old shields that are framed in a floating manner:

A very old (and VERY expensive) Chicago drawing:

They had a LARGE collection of classic tartans:

We loaded up here:

One regret?  The Pheasant.  I love them all.  Very handsome:

Next time you are up that way, stick your head in the door:

Rare Print Gallery
420 Main Street
Franklin, TN 37064

JTS - September 15, 2016 - 10:38 AM

Hopefully you stopped in Merridee’s for breakfast. My in-laws used to live in Franklin, and an egg & cheese biscuit from Merridee’s was a must.

(Reverb) The French Blue Chore Coat

I had a great, and unexpected, response to the Chore Coat post.  Many compliment, and a few questions.  Lots of love for each of the options I presented.  I did get some email questions about where to find a work jacket in the French blue color like the one Bill Cunningham was so famous for:

His jacket had quite a following…the coolest part is that he found it at a hardware store in France and paid $20 for it.  After doing some scouring on the Interwebs, I would recommend the work jacket option from Vetra:

The color is just right, as it will continue to fade as a cotton coat will do.  The sizing is actual chest sizes (rather than the typical Small-Medium-Large-Extra Large options) for a better fit.  The jacket is actually made in France, and the price point is good for a jacket that you’ll keep for quite a while.

You like?

Ron Smith - September 14, 2016 - 10:04 PM

I totally recommend this blue canvas chore coat from Wilson & Willie’s in Minneapolis. The deep indigo color is beautiful.

http://wilsonandwillys.com/collections/men/products/washed-canvas-chore-coat-indigo