Author Archives: Aaron Blank

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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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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The London Fly Fishing Fair 2018

On Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th March, the Business Design Centre, Islington, opened its doors to welcome an entourage of enthusiastic angling experts and novices alike. The crowds had flocked from both near and far, bringing with them an air of eager anticipation and excitement. The clock struck 9.00, the time was upon us! We at Orvis were thrilled to join the other exhibitors as we manned our stand at London’s second ever annual Fly Fishing Fair.

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The Cosmic Balance

That trout is a story.
That trout is a story I want to share with you.
I will try to be brief but hey, that’s a fishing story right?!

Back in the days I was in a wonderful beat of a stunning stream in Trentino, a breathtaking Dolomitic Region in North-Eastern Italy.
I was guiding a fellow angler and we were having such a great time.

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On your Marks:


For many mid March heralds the start of the brown trout season on rivers and streams. Given our current weather trends it looks as though opening day is set to be a chilly one. Even for those whose season is delayed until April, it’s not unusual to experience icy weather well into spring. Understandably, many will be keen to open their innings using a dry fly and despite the Arctic blast there’s every likelihood of this.

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Coping with a Breeze


Whether you’re venturing out on lake or river, chances are a some point a niggling wind will spring up to ruin your presentation. This is especially true on those early spring outings when we’re plagued with unpredictable conditions. Nothing is worse now than being on a favourite beat only to be faced with a grueling downstream breeze.

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