Bespoke BUFF® designed in support of the Orvis Saltwater Fly Fishing Festival


Written by: Emma Sandham

We are delighted to announce the return of BUFF® as one of our wonderful event partners at the second annual Orvis Saltwater Fly Fishing Festival this September.

The Beginning of BUFF®

The story being BUFF®- A family factory in the west of Barcelona and one simple idea. Joan Rojas passion was the seed for our legendary multifunctional seamless tubular more than 25 years ago. He was looking for a warmer, more protective solution to the sun, wind, and cold while touring the country roads of Catalonia on his motorcycle. Born from a plan to enjoy life to its fullest, people soon loved it.

At Orvis we recognise the importance of using BUFF® to protect your face and skin and for that reason we’ve decided to team up to create a bespoke design exclusive for our festival goers!

The Features of BUFF®

The tubular is made from 95% Recycled Polyester microfiber (using recycled clear plastic bottles, obtained by REPREVE®) and 5% Elastane. The CoolNet UV+® tubular offers up to UPF50 sun protection has a moisture management system and thanks to Heiq cooling technology, the CoolNet UV+® tubular is cool, light and comfortable.

Another BUFF® that comes highly recommended is the CoolNet UV+® fabric is the CoolNet UV+® Insect shield tubular, which has been treated with an odourless insect repellent formula that’s lasts up to 70 washes and helps to keep bugs at bay whilst you venture the outdoors. 

We spoke to our Orvis Saltwater Festival Guides about why they love fishing in their BUFF® and the many benefits they bring.

Philip Spratt, Orvis Saltwater Festival and Beginners Saltwater Weekend Guide

“My BUFF always accompanies me on my fishing trips, be it fresh or salt in the UK or the tropical saltwater flats.  It is so versatile – just worn around the neck (which I do in the UK mostly) or stretched over my cap in the tropics so that only my sunglasses are not covered.  In the tropics in particular, the UV protection against a fierce and unremitting tropical sun keeps you from getting badly sunburnt.

The effect of the sun in the UK can be underestimated too, particularly when fishing the salt, and it is a question of using the same tactics used in the tropics in the UK.  All this is done while also keeping you cool.

And talking about cool, the designs just look so damn cool.  I have a BUFF with a tarpon on it and it says to me: put me on and go and catch that tarpon!  All the other designs look great too. So, if you want to look the part and stay protected, get a BUFF.  In fact, get a few so you can rotate them and impress your friends.

Neville Broad, Orvis Beginners Saltwater Weekend Guide

“For me I can’t go fishing without a BUFF, due a number of factors. Keeping the sun off my face and neck is a must combined with decent breathability.  Other brands can fail on these quality factors.  

I normally have my BUFF up and over the back of my hat which ensures it doesn’t get blown away which also gives additional sun protection if wearing a mesh style baseball cap.

And then of course the options / patterns offered by BUFF are awesome – very much looking forward to getting the one-off version for this year’s Orvis Saltwater Festival!”

Colin Macleod, Orvis Beginners Saltwater Weekend Guide

“There are certain items of kit which are invaluable to the saltwater fly fisher and I count my BUFF amongst them. 

Whether chasing bonefish in the Caribbean or mullet and bass in the Orvis Saltwater Fly Fishing Festival in the UK, I find my buff indispensable. Long hours of exposure to sunlight can cause severe sunburn, even in Britain. With an SPF of 50, a BUFF provides the necessary protection, especially to vulnerable areas such as the top of the ears. 

On cold, windy days a BUFF offers comfortable protection from the elements. Not only are Buffs functional, they also come in a wide choice of great designs for the angler.” 

On the Horizon

Our festival welcomes all ages and abilities and although there is a competition element, our main aim is to bring together likeminded anglers to forge new friendships, develop new skills and learn more Saltwater Fly Fishing, which is becoming increasingly popular on the UK coastlines. 

The Orvis Saltwater Fly Fishing Festival 2021 will take place from 3rd – 5th September in Chichester Harbour and Hayling Island. Based from The Langstone Quays Hotel on Hayling Island, anglers can expect bass and mullet workshops from the experts, in the hotel and on the beaches, exciting social events and two days of competition fishing with coveted Orvis prizes.

Prizes include: ‘Longest Bass’, ‘Longest Mullet’, ‘Longest Other Species’, ‘Most Number of Species’ and ‘Orvis Award for Most Sporting Fisherman’ as well as prizes for Runner’s Up across the first four categories.

We are looking forward to seeing you all in September kitted out with your new bespoke BUFF®!

Photo credit: Tom Young Photography

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