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There are many images that come to one’s mind when thinking of England……. as a bird hunter I can’t get the country life and the Englishman’s love for his dogs out of my mind.
These are not Yappers; content with sitting on your lap and sleeping the day away. The Sporting dog is truly Man’s best friend, ready at a moment’s notice to take to the fields and woods…. and always there to greet you with a wagging tail when you arrive home! There should be an Olympic Event for these great athletes!
We’re huge fans of Oliver Kite, an English sportsman who broadcast a literate Fly Fishing show in England during the 60′s. Whenever we discover a forgotten episode, we like to share. As style mavens we are always interested in the classic English looks of the day.
One state I haven’t fished in but have always wanted to is New Mexico. As of today, the decision has been made that the Summer of 2012 will be the time when I break the Enchanted State dry spell. One spot that has always intrigued me, from reading about and listening to podcasts, is the Valle Vidal section of the Rio Costilla River in Northern New Mexico. At 9500′, it’s a high meadow stream flowing through a protected and pristine wilderness. Sounds perfect!
As luck would have it, I recently had dinner with someone who fished the Rio Costilla las July and was more than willing to give me free advise and information. Of importance, where to stay? Upon his glowing recommendation, I am now investigating the MW Bar Ranch near Amalia New Mexico.
I became acquainted with the Bob Marshall Wilderness when I delivered my youngest to the University of Montana in Missoula. Located between Glacier National Park and Missoula, “The Bob” is 1,000,000 acres of pristine wilderness offering high quality fly fishing opportunities. This video was recently posted on the Orvis blog site and I determined it was worthy of sharing with my flyfishing followers.
Oliver Kite was an English writer, fly fisherman, broadcaster, and naturalist of the 1960′s. His television show for Southern Television in England was a forerunner to the modern fishing shows we have today.
I love the literate, warm, easy going manner of his shows that illustrates a different time…… one in which pipe smoking gentlemen wearing tweeds and ties would wade the chalk streams of England, take time for a leisurely lunch of cheese, soup, salmon and homemade wine by the streamside…… and not be concerned as much about the number or size of fish as the fellowship that was had in the countryside.
Kite was as much a storyteller as a fisherman, his shows often pointing out historical buildings, interesting architecture and the history behind a river community —- unlike today when fishing shows are all about competition. Interspersed in his shows were glimpses of birds and flora.
In the video shown below, an Anglican priest takes a few hours off from fishing to perform a wedding and then returns with his dachshund to the river to finish off the day. Classic Kite. Unfortunately, only 13 episodes have survived but those 13 can be found on youtube.com
There are certain retailers and manufacturers whose very name conjures an image of it’s garments and those who choose to wear the clothing. Orvis has cultivated it’s image over the last 150 years to near iconic status. And no single garment says Orvis more than the Field Coat.
A dry-waxed cotton canvas that turns briars and repels rain. Traditional red brushed twill lining. Lower bellows pockets with snap closure pocket flap and hidden side-entry handwarmer pockets. Two upper slash handwarmer pockets. Gusseted underarm panels with grommets for ventilation. Shooting patches on both shoulders and reinforced elbow patches. Adjustable button cuffs with corduroy trim. Corduroy collar. Rear-entry waterproof game bag with two side zips and interior lining. Bi-swing back for comfort. Full zip front with button closed wind flap. Four interior pockets.