I know Orvis as a heritage clothing brand, with a little shop in a village near where I live called Stockbridge. They do clothing and accessories ideal for a country bumpkin lifestyle - waterproofs, fleeces, waders and tweed caps! But today I learnt there is so much more to Orvis than meets the eye. For example, they are keen to get the word out there that fly fishing is easily accessible to everyone who wants to try it and will provide you with all the information you need to get started. When I was searching how to start fishing, I couldn’t find any information which would be understandable to me, someone who really doesn’t know the first thing about fishing. But what you can do is call up or visit your local Orvis store in which there is always a fly fishing expert who will tell you all you need to know and will be able to answer any questions. I think this information needs to be shouted about as this is exactly what I was looking for when I wanted to fish! In just ten minutes all of my questions were answered by the lovely experts at Orvis’ flagship store in Regent Street - for example, I learnt how to get a fishing license, where I can fish and also if I can keep the fish (I always think if I catch it, I want to eat it!).
After some nibbles and a glass of bubbly, we headed out to Green Park with Orvis’ fly fishing experts. Now, you may be thinking the same as me at this point - there is no water in Green Park. That’s true, but you don’t actually do your first beginners hour class with Orvis in water - you do it on land and perfect your technique - which isn’t just throwing a line into water, trust me! There is an art as to how you should manoeuvre your rod and it takes quite a while to master! Everyone put in such an awesome effort and the instructors were great - so supportive and showed you exactly how you should cast - and answered every single question we threw at them. I had so much fun meeting other bloggers and fishing enthusiasts - after an hour of ‘fun on the fly’ we were all ready to pop back to the store for a nice cuppa and some cakes. Oh, but did I mention I also sported the Orvis waders in the middle of Green Park? Yep! I got stuck in to the experience and the waders kept me cosy and warm - I absolutely loved them ands will definitely get a pair once I start fishing. Which I have decided I will because it’s such a relaxing yet exciting activity. And I love fish so what could be better than one you caught and prepared yourself?
I took a lot of information away with me from the fly fishing experience - like I didn’t know that Orvis actually started out in Stockbridge (yay to local companies!); they are experts in fly fishing and are on hand to help anyone who is interested in fly fishing - Orvis do free beginners classes like the one we did in Green Park to give you a taste, after which you can either book further more advanced classes or talk to the experts about next steps, they will also help you out with some vouchers and recommendations; and Orvis do amazing luxurious dog beds which I think Harvey should definitely be an ambassador/model for because he’s a cross of two well know country bumpkin dogs - a lab and a basset hound, with a face of an angel. Basically, for us country folk they are just the go to friends who will advise on how we can make outdoor activities much more pleasurable by providing us with the correct knowledge and equipment.
I’m very excited to start my journey as a fly-fisher and I will keep you guys up to date with how I get on! Thank you to Orvis and Zambuni for this incredible experience, and for the amazing photography on the day!
*Some photos in this post have been taken by Zambuni.