The Finest Therapy On Earth


Written by: Isobella Ash

This year, over a quarter of us will experience a mental health problem or condition of some kind, which is an astonishing figure. However, it has been discovered that Fly fishing is extremely good for your mental health and well-being, but how is that? I have fished the fly for over 30 years, the realisation […]

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A Special Visit to Pets As Therapy


Written by: Isobella Ash

Here at Orvis UK we wanted to start the year right. What better way to do this then to travel down to the Pets as Therapy’s (PATs) new headquarters and present them with a cheque! This wonderful charity help enhance thousands of lives each day by dedicated volunteers and their pets giving up some spare […]

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Gilet Versus Waistcoat: What’s the Difference?

The gilet and the waistcoat clearly sit on the same branch of the fashion family tree. The bodywarmer is there along with them, as is the vest across the pond in the US. All of these garments evolved from a sleeveless leather garment called a jerkin worn by male European peasants in the 15th century. Over the ensuing centuries, the look was adopted by the aristocracy, women, and the military. Today, gilets and waistcoats are casual layers that offer welcome warmth on crisp days.

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3 Ways to Style a Shirt


Written by: Jodie Lindop


With Autumn just around the corner, the days are getting shorter and the air is getting colder, but most of all, the long sleeved clothing season is in full swing. One wardrobe staple you can always count on for this time of year is your long-sleeved shirts. They can be dressed up, or dressed down, depending on your occasion. Here are our favourite ways to style a shirt:

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On the Beat: Father’s Day at Timsbury


Written by: Jodie Lindop

On Tuesday 21st August, we were delighted to host a day on our Timsbury beat for six fantastic fly fishing enthusiasts. Graham and Warren Chegwidden, David and Clare Rozzell and Peter and Ashley Cook, all of whom were the lucky winners of our Father’s Day Facebook competition ‘Win a Day on the Beat for Dad’ back in June.

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Terrestrials on the Test


Photo by Richard Banbury

The long hot summer has made fishing difficult on our beats but most evenings, under the trees, fish could be found quietly sipping something off the surface. With little sign of any significant up-wing or caddis fly hatches , what was it that the fish were eating? Anglers were trying the normal staples like CDC olives, spinner patterns and sedges and the fish were ignoring them.

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On the Beat: Timsbury 5


Written by: Jodie Lindop


On Thursday 9th August, we enjoyed a day of fly fishing at our Timsbury beat and were joined by a range of special guests, including Orvis Ambassador Marina Gibson @marinagibsonfishing, Nick Parker @hampshireriverkeeper, Phil Parker @redneckriverkeeper, Rob Thompson @hampshire.bass.nut, Oscar Boatfield and Nell Wharton from @boatonflyfishers, directors of CHALK Bedrock of Flyfishing, Leo and Chris from @chalkstreamfly, Nick Weston from game and cookery school @huntergathercook and Dannielle Norman, blogger and founder of @getoutgirluk.

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