Man isn’t meant to stay indoors — our weekly “Trekking” column can attest to that. It’s a column dedicated to the adventurer inside of all of us, the one pining to ditch the office humdrum for a quick surf session or seven-week jaunt in the Grand Tetons. One day we may highlight an ultra-light stove and the next a set of handmade canoe paddles. Life doesn’t just happen inside the workplace, so get outside and live it.
There’s a certain kind of allure — pun not intended — that accompanies deep sea fishing. Perhaps it’s the thrill of the chase as you set out to sea with thoughts of landing a monstrous tuna or marlin, or maybe it’s the salt-imbued smell of the open ocean and the miles of space between you and the distant horizon. Nonetheless, sport fishing lacks the timeless nature and sheer simplicity of fly fishing, even if it’s not the most fashionable. The Fly Wallet ($200+) pairs superb craftsmanship with stylish functionality, though, rendering it as practical as it is pleasing to the eye.
Basking in durable locally crafted leather and lined with fleecy wool, the aptly named wallet is a miniature tackle box of the highest caliber. It features a magnetic clasp designed to keep your flies safe, one that’s easy to open even after your fingers have been doused in the frigid waters of a nearby stream. Moreover, the inside of the wallet provides leather hook pockets for housing up to 16 individual flies, whether you decide to line the wallet with your own set of flies or opt for one of the curated packages containing a unique display of flies — i.e. for trout, steelhead, or salmon — from a bevy of signatures tyers and friends of the Fly Fishing Collaborative.
The high-quality construction isn’t the only hallmark of the Fly Wallet, though. The Collaborative uses the money it raises from its goods and guided services to help orphanages and caregivers around the globe, generously providing a sustainable tilapia farm to an orphanage in need for every $10,000 raised. Doing so provides them with food, income, water, and fresh produce while subsequently helping to keep the children from being sold into slavery. Buying the right fishing equipment rarely feel as good.
Check out the Fly Fishing Collaborative online for more information, to make a purchase, or to peruse the organization’s selection of fishing trips.