Orvis Open Air Caster Shirt

In design, the Open Air Caster doesn’t stray too far from what’s expected of a top-shelf fly-fishing shirt, with lots of vents, extensive mesh lining through the shoulders and back, and an all-American button down look that works as well around town as it does out on the river. 

What sets it apart is in the detail. The fabric, for example, is a polyester nylon blend with a very slight, almost orange- peel texture that doesn’t get sticky when it’s seriously hot and also dries incredibly fast. I’ve also found, after several washes and wears now, that the shirt comes out of the dryer or off the line almost totally wrinkle free.

The large pleated chest pockets close with a single button over a large flap, sewn hard to the body of the shirt, so even if you don’t do them up, things won’t fall out when you bend over to release a trophy trout or to cry if you’ve busted one off. I’ve found this very useful for swapping between my Coke-bottle polaroids and my Coke-bottle reading glasses. With glasses in mind, there’s also a triangle of soft white lens-cleaning fabric stitched inside the hem, which is great for a quick clean or wiping away a splash.

In fit, it is 100% American, and by that I mean when they say ‘large’, they mean large. Also, unlike almost everything else on the market, Orvis make a tall size that adds an extra two inches in the sleeve and the body length. For me, this means I can get the Large ‘tall’ size instead of having to get an XL, or even the 2XL, to get even close to enough length in the sleeves and body. It’s a lot less like wearing a stumpy armed tent and a big plus for Orvis in my book.

I haven’t had this shirt long enough to comment on its potential lifespan, but it’s obviously well made and has reinforcement in and around the collar, the pockets and all the button holes. Also, because of the sizing, I’ve owned other Orvis clothing over the years and it has all proved very hard wearing.

The Open Air Caster shirts are available in white, red, orange, sky blue, moss and navy with the tall sizing available in Medium through to XXL.

For your nearest Orvis dealer visit www.mayflytackle.com.au