East Dane Sale

Head’s up: There’s a good sale going on over at East Dane.  They are offering an extra 25% off everything in their sale section.  For those that don’t know, East Dane has a HUGE sale section.  Be on the lookout for a bunch of Billy Reid and Katin, among others.  Get in and dig around…

Bonus Jam: SRV “Hideaway” & “Rude Mood” (Live – 1982)

That’s a six minute long Camel Light hanging on for dear life…

Happy Weekend, folks.

Jeff - June 24, 2016 - 12:29 PM

I live in Austin and first saw SRV in a long gone dive called the Rome Inn. I saw him several more times afterward and was even lucky enough to attend the all-star tribute show taping after his death. In other words, thanks for making an old fart choke up. If you have some time, take a listen to this 90-minute jam with one of his heroes, Albert King. I think he threw every lick he had into this. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mPcGJahjsHY

Friday Jams: Huey Lewis & The News – “I Want A New Drug” (Live – 1985)

Pure bad-ass-ery.  There clearly aren’t enough horns in music anymore.

Can We Finally Talk About Rainbows Again?

Is it me, or did Rainbows fall out of favor about five (or so) years ago?  I can count three pairs that I owned between 2001 and 2010, but didn’t re-up when that third pair needed to be retired.  I moved on to Havaianas, and even bought a pair of Chacos.  Sure, you still saw Rainbows around, but they just weren’t as prevalent as they once were.  There was a short stint where ‘fancy’ sandals became a thing, which has thankfully backed off.

Anyway, the other day I saw a guy walking into High Country wearing a pair of Rainbows.  They were the acceptable single layer Sienna Brown style, and they looked GREAT.  They had just hit that good, broken-in look…the sole probably had about a year’s worth of wear and had darkened significantly, and the straps had a good case of fade out.

That got me thinking…why did Rainbows essentially disappear from the #menswear ethos?  They hadn’t done anything wrong…  My thought is that they were a little too much of the ‘frat’ culture, and hit too fast.  And with most things in that cycle, once everyone has a pair, they move on to the next thing.

They are comfortable, they have a good value proposition, and they patina as good as anything out there.  Some excellent examples:

And don’t forget: they start out like this:

Here’s the thing: I am back on board with Rainbow.  Maybe I’ve come full circle, whatever, but I’m ready to pull the trigger again.  I really dig the American made thing, especially the Birdwell-esque, old school California surf vibe.  After doing a tidbit of research, I found out that they make 2,000,000 pairs of sandals a year.  That is nuts.  Here’s a little history and the back story on the Rainbow Sandals:

Hard not to be a fan after that, right?  And here are some more technical details from Rainbow:

I don’t have any skin in the game with these guys, but I wanted to plant my stake in the ground.  Consider my pair of Sierra Brown single-layers ordered.

Images: Google Image Search

CJ - June 22, 2016 - 8:19 AM

Right there with ya! I started rocking my rainbows again about 6 months ago. Even got a compliment on them last weekend.

William - June 22, 2016 - 8:31 AM

Coincidentally, I ordered a pair last week. Odd.

Lee - June 22, 2016 - 8:49 AM

I started wearing my first pair in about 2001. I’ve had 3 pairs since and still have all of them! I love them, I never got into all the other kinds of sandals. They are a great value, look great at the beach, pool or my favorite with jeans. I’m of the mind set that why mess or change a great thing!!!

Nolan - June 22, 2016 - 8:57 AM

I have some Hari Mari sandals that are amazing! The “Lakes” collection is better than anything Rainbow has made. I do dig the hemp Rainbow’s with the double soul.

Seminole Wind - June 22, 2016 - 9:10 AM

Had several pair which I haven’t worn as frequently over the past few years. Only after losing my well worn in sierra browns at SGI last month did I realize how much I missed them for walking the dog and running errands during the summer. Picked up a dark brown pair last week. Interested to see how this darker color ages

Fink - June 22, 2016 - 10:24 AM

I’m a double guy myself. Three pairs. One being reclamation of my dad’s after he passed. Never stopped rocking my ‘Bows!

Seth Tapp - June 22, 2016 - 10:26 AM

Just recently picked up a new pair, got them home and wore them 2 days straight. Glad to see a post on them from you!

Trip - June 22, 2016 - 10:55 AM

I’ve had the same pair since senior year of high school (14 years ago now…) and I still wear them. The soles are getting pretty slick, but otherwise they’re in pretty respectable shape. I should probably break down and get another pair, though.

Matt - June 22, 2016 - 3:58 PM

Loved my RB’s, but they just didn’t support my foot. I’m Sperry flip flops now. Life is slightly tougher for us flat footed folks, but I think we’ll live.

Patrick - June 22, 2016 - 7:29 PM

Got my first pair back in 99 and I’ve stuck with Rainbows ever since. I’ve tried a few other brands, but have never gotten the same satisfaction as a pair of well worm Rainbows. I literally long for warmer days during the winter so I can or them back into my regular rotation.

kps - June 23, 2016 - 7:00 PM

Rather than buying new – you can get ’em resoled at your local cobbler…

Some Help: Backcountry Inshore Fishing

After vacationing on the gulf, it’s safe to say that the fishing culture is as paramount as high SPF.  There are boats everywhere, fresh seafood at all the restaurants, and more fish artwork than selfies (with the exception of 30A, obviously).  While on vacation, I spent some time with a one-time local who was a part of the fishing culture in the gulf for years.  He still fishes, but his job moved him off the coast.  After a few long conversations about his experiences in tournaments and as a guide, there were more stories about guys doing it wrong rather than stories about big fish.   That got me thinking…this is a great opportunity for a post.  Who’s a better source of truth and a pro?  He was more than happy to help.

To qualify, we’re talking about backcountry, inshore fishing – NOT deep sea fishing.  They are two totally different animals, and shouldn’t be combined.  This discussion was for the guy who wants to land an Apalachicola Super Slam.  What’s an Apalachicola Super Slam?  Here you go:

Clockwise from top right:
Speckled Trout, Tarpon, Flounder, Redfish, & Triple Tail

In addition, this isn’t for the guy looking for a booze cruise with his buddies hoping to land something.  Those trips are fun, but not for the serious fisherman; not even a weekend warrior.  The guy this post focuses on has done his research and found a great guide.  He fishes two or three times a year, and it’s usually with a friend or alone.  He knows a good guide costs money, doesn’t mind spending it.  He knows he’s going to spend a day on a skiff boat:

From the guide’s perspective, there are few rules that separate the fishermen from the casual casters:

1. Leave your fish stores at the dock.  They’ve heard them all.
2. Pack light.  Ounces = pounds & pounds = pain.
3. You aren’t the boss.  You hired a guide, not a caddie.  Let the guide do just that: guide.  You are there to learn as much as you are to fish.
4. Offer the guide an extra hundred for a personal best or an area trophy, and they’ll take you straight to their honey holes.

Preparing for the trip is just as important as how much you catch.  It’s important to know what you are doing, and to be prepared.  This is how to do it, without a guide rolling his eyes:

From top left:

1. Flood Tide Co.’s ‘Good Clean Livin’ Cap:  A good hat is a must.  A trucker hat is going to breathe, and break in nicely.  Wear it a little tight so it doesn’t fly off while riding in the boat.  Flood Tide hits the nail on the head with some ‘good clean livin’.
2. Costa Del Mar Saltbreak Sunglasses:  Polarized sunglasses are a must out on the water, and Costa has cornered the market.  The lens color should match the water…blue or green for deep sea fishing, and amber or silver for backcountry.
3. Ziess Lens Cleaning Wipes:  Clean lenses are a must while fishing, and finding something on the boat to clean them can be a chore. These wipes are great for cleaning saltwater, fish slime, sweat, and/or sunscreen off your lenses.  Pack a handful of these in your bag.  Speaking of your bag:
4. Orvis Safe Passage Angler’s Daypack:  Back to rule number two (above): pack light.  This is ALL YOU NEED to pack your gear for the trip.  This is probably going to get stuffed behind a cooler, so this bag’s real estate is valuable.
5. Chums Glassfloat Classic Sunglasses Retainer:  For sunglasses straps, get something that is bright and something that floats.  You aren’t cool enough to use 10 lb. test and a bobber, so go with these from Chums.  If they fall off while you are on the water, they will float and be easy to spot.
6. Orvis UV Bandana Buff:  A neck buff is important in the backcountry, as the sun and mosquitoes are relentless.  The old school way to do it is with a bandana, but Orvis kept it old school, with their new school technology.
7. Yeti Guide Belt:  The belt needs to be able to get wet, and the bottle opener is a nice touch.  This is a nice new addition to the Yeti lineup.
8. Rapala Digital Scale & Fish Gripper:  OK, your wife got you something fishing-related for Christmas, and even though your guide will probably have one of these on the boat, using yours in the picture with your trophy is a sure-fire to help her feel like she contributed.
9. Pelican 1040 Micro Case:  A must for your cell phone, keys, and wallet.  Pack ’em up and put them in your bag.
10. Simms Ebbtide Fishing Shirt:  Here is the thing with fishing apparel: while pastel colors are all the rage at the Fraternity house, fishermen wear white shirts.  Why?  Because white can be bleached clean.  Don’t be the guy that looks like he just stepped out of a Bass Pro Shop catalog.  Keep it low-key.
11. Aftco 16″ Fishing Shorts:  Back to the easter egg colors: you have to earn the right to wear those shorts.  Until you have some trophies, or at least a couple plaques, stick with khaki, sage, or blue shorts.  Your guide doesn’t want to drive around a clown.
12. Thermacell Mosquito Repellent:  According to my guy, most fishermen don’t realize how bad the bugs are in the backcountry.  These Thermacell repellents are excellent for the boat.  They provide a 15′ x 15′ bug-free bubble.  Your guide will thank you.
13. High SPF Sunscreen:  You are fishing, not getting a golf tan.  Six to eight hours in the gulf sun will take it’s toll on some mayonnaise-esque skin.  Load up.
14. Bullfrog Sunscreen Stick:  These sticks are outstanding for hitting your ears, nose, and the top of your hands.  Apply liberally.  All day.
15. Frogg Toggs Rain Suit:  These rain suits seems like overkill, but this is one of those things that you are really glad you have when you need it.  We’ve all seen those Gulf of Mexico ‘scattered thunderstorms’ pop up.  Just make sure the suit packs up tightly.  Remember the advice from #4: real estate inside that backpack is key.
16. Island Slipper Non-Marking Flip Flops:  The guide is cleaning his boat after you leave, so don’t leave a bunch of shoe marks that need to be scrubbed.  Next time you go shopping for flip flops, make sure they have ‘non-marking’ soles.  From what my ex-Pro said, they all wore Island Slippers.
17. Wasp Camera Gideon Action Sports Camcorder:  Nothing wrong with capturing the moment.  Wasp Cameras are absolutely outstanding, and can be controlled from a watch.  Just mount it and let her rip.
18. Van Staal 6″ Titanium Pliers:  Another want rather than a need; these titanium pliers are really great to have vs. a pair of (heavy) steel pliers.  Show up with these (with a lead attached to your belt loop) and the guide will know that this isn’t your first rodeo.

So that’s that.  Thanks to RM for his help.

MontaukTrail - June 20, 2016 - 9:56 AM

” 10. Simms Ebbtide Fishing Shirt: Here is the thing with fishing apparel: while pastel colors are all the rage at the Fraternity house, fishermen wear white shirts. Why? Because white can be bleached clean. Don’t be the guy that looks like he just stepped out of a Bass Pro Shop catalog. Keep it low-key.”

These shirts are 100% polyester – Bleach will turn polyester yellow at best, and at worst…well just don’t use bleach

Jeff - June 20, 2016 - 11:02 AM

There is a practical reason for bright colors. They’re easier for the Coasties in the search helicopter to spot.

That said, I’m a tan or olive guy because then I don’t have to worry about stains. Then again, why should I be worrying about stains on a dadgum fishing shirt in the first place?

And unless you’re a guide or experienced fisherman, I’d avoid flip flops. That sharp hook you’re fumbling with could wind up in your foot or an unexpected barnacle could slash your big toe. For once in your life, wear your deck shoes for their intended purpose.

Finally, you’re not only not the boss, but you’re also not dealing with a bellhop in a 5 star hotel. Show the guides respect and listen to what they tell you to do. They probably know more about their jobs than you know about yours, and none of them are getting rich at it.

Tight lines.

Nem - June 21, 2016 - 8:40 AM

In his defense…he wrote that they only talked about fishing and didn’t actually go fishing.

Vote no on the flip-flops and the electronic bug repellent device if you want to be taken seriously in Apalach.

TCB - June 21, 2016 - 12:30 PM

I thought it was well written and enjoyed that. Thanks.

Pigtown - June 24, 2016 - 4:29 PM

“deep sea fishing” Hah. Article should be called, how to look like a goober that has too much money.

Happy Father’s Day from RCS

To all you dads out there: Have a happy day.

Good talk, Russ.

Old School Oakley Frogskins

Good news: The greatest glasses that Oakley ever produced are now available at East Dane.

For years, Oakley made all sorts of sport glasses, but broke into the mainstream with these wayfarer-type glasses for guys that weren’t on a sports field, or Brian Bosworth.  There are four Frogskins styles available…I’m really digging on the top two: black with the purple lenses, or clear with the ‘blaze’ lenses.  It won’t be hard to talk Mrs. RCS into the bottom left: clear with the green lenses.

What do you think?  Which is your favorite?

Troy - June 14, 2016 - 1:40 PM

Love them. I still have a pair of neon yellow frames with purple lens that my parents bought for me at a BMX store in St. Pete, FL around 1987.