I picked up the Orvis CFO III Click and Pawl Reel for my Superfine Touch 663-4 full flex rod because I wanted the whole rig to be very traditional. I was about to pick up a CFO disc drag, but the click and pawl is about as traditional as you can get. I was also concerned with the weight of it. Since the Superfine is such a ridiculously lightweight rod, I was afraid the size III would be too heavy (I tried it with a CFO disc drag III and it was a bit butt-heavy), but this reel feels a touch lighter than the CFO I disc drag reel — superlight! The coloring also matches perfectly with the rod. The Superfine rod and this reel are just plain sexy together.
One of the Orvis products I’ve come to depend on is the Orvis Tempur-Pedic Deep Dish Dog Bed (item 4X99). As the proud parent of a 16-year-old German shepherd mix, it’s all about making him comfortable at this point. The Tempur-Pedic material is perfect for his poor, arthritic hips, while still being soft enough that he loves sleeping on it. All day. Which, at his age, he’s earned the right to do.
I’ll be the first to admit that I had a hard time convincing myself that my dog needed a Tempur-Pedic mattress, but we didn’t have it long before it became obvious that there really is no substitute for it, especially for an older dog like mine. Best of all, it still holds its shape just like the first day I brought it home. I just can’t believe I didn’t get one sooner!
The Orvis Open Air Caster is one of those tried and true shirts that lives in your closet for years until it’s tattered, bloodied and torn from loving wear but vanishes mysteriously one day while you’re away when your wife has free reign to your wardrobe and can’t stand the sight of it any more.
The weight is perfect – not too heavy, not too light. It has a mesh back so it lets in even the slightest of breezes to help cool you off on those hot summer days. You can roll up the sleeves for additional air conditioning on a hot day or pull them down for sun protection and still feel comfortable in the heat. My go-to feature on this shirt is the zippered interior pocket – perfect for keys, a wallet, cell phone, spare change, sunscreen, etc.
The button pockets are easily accessible and convenient. The utility loop on the front of the shirt is definitely utilitarian – I’ve used it to hold various objects – sunglasses, forceps, pliers, leader materials, stream thermometers, tire gauges, pens and more. I’ve worn my shirt for 3 years now and despite being put through some severe abuse it’s still going strong and still has a happy home in my closet.
I can’t say enough the Orvis Quick Dry Jackson Pants. The fit is comfortable (even for those with some bulk like me…), the material is lightweight, yet tough and you can pull a rolled up pair from the bottom of the closet or a bag and they look great and are ready to wear. They are also my go to travel pant. The light weight of the pant and the included web belt make passing through security a breeze. In addition to general casual and travel wear, I often wear these pants under waders while fishing. They have all the technical features of a great wading pant – they wick, dry quickly and the weight is perfect for fishing on a hot day. Yet after a full day of fishing, they still look great.
In the past most of the pants I’ve worn under waders I’d never wear in public because they were generally unattractive in fit/design/color/etc. You’ll feel equally at ease in these pants while grabbing a burger on the way home from a great fishing trip as you will wearing them while fishing. The other day while eating lunch on a trip I dropped a half can of soda on them. Not an issue – the coating on the pants made the soda bead up and after I wiped them a couple of times with a napkin they looked like they’d just come out of the washer.
Living in the West, I used to get chastised by other anglers for using only 8-1/2-foot rods. Everyone out here swears by 9-foot 5-weight rods. The reason I preferred the shorter rod was weight; it was just more comfortable to use the rod all day. Sure, I gave up a little in distance and line control, but it was a sacrifice that I was willing to make. And then along came Helios. At just 2 1/2 ounces, my 10 foot 4 wt. Helios weighs much less than any 8-1/2-footer I ever used, and now I can take advantage of the line control and the distance the longer rod provides. If you’re fishing spring creeks, tailwaters, or any situation where a dead drift is critical, this is the only way to go. You will catch more fish and save your shoulder at the same time!