UPDATE - For those of you who placed a pre-order, all cap
orders have been shipped and I ran the random number generator last week
which picked DAVID HALE SMITH as the winner of the Orvis
Superfine Glass 8-Weight, Hydros IV fly reel, and Scientific Anglers
Amplitude Bass Bug fly line. Congratulations and thanks to everyone who
made this cap order possible. It's been great to see these show up
literally all over the world over the past few days.
UPDATE - The pre-order on the T.F.M. Patched Caps is closed but I do anticipate a few extras of each cap. Look for them in the T.F.M. Store in the coming weeks.
For years, T.F.M. readers have asked for a brimmed cap and I've held off until I could find the right one. I've been looking for a cap that would appeal to most everyone in looks and fit but also be comfortable with the durability to last. I believe I've found it with these poly quick-dry with nylon mesh hats, and matched with the two-inch Comrade and Retro Fly patches, they look damn sharp. You can keep the brim flat or give it a bend to your liking.
I've been wearing these "prototype caps" in the photo below over the past couple months and I'm really impressed. I believe you will be too.
The process of getting this order off the ground is in motion. More Comrade and Retro Fly patches are on order and the woven "GLASS IS NOT DEAD" labels are in the works as well which will be sewn into the back edge of each cap. All of this, along with packaging and shipping costs, are making this project a bit costly even before the actual hat order has been placed.
I will ask for payment at the end of the pre-order period and by then should have a good idea when these caps will be in my hands to begin shipping out.
Each order will be sent with a few T.F.M. decals and a neoprene Retro Fly koozie.
I can take PayPal, Venmo, credit card, or a check sent in the mail.
I've talked about the Orvis Superfine Glass fly rods many times before on T.F.M. but if you need a refresher, check out this article, The Sticks (Fly Reels & Fly Lines) of Summer, and you'll know that this fly rod is one of my most favorite eight weights in glass. The latest redesign of the Hydros fly reels is a winner and I am excited to use the Amplitude Bass Bug fly line this summer.
Thanks in advance to everyone who will support this project with an order. I really appreciate it.
Please send me an email if you have any questions or concerns.