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FATHER'S DAY PRESENCE

Ahead of Father’s Day this year (19th June for those who might need a little nudge), Orvis are advocating the importance of immersing yourselves in the outdoors, especially with family.

Simon Perkins, President of Orvis, fishing with his daughter Pippa

Photos by Els Van Woert

“Teaching and encouraging your kids to fly fish can be a tricky balance at times. You have this passion that means so much to you and has for your entire life. And you want them to be able to experience the same joy that has made your life so rich and meaningful. At the same time, this is theirs, not yours. You don’t want to be too heavy handed or ruin the purity that comes with them discovering their own relationship with the water, the fishery, the fish, and with fly fishing. But if you're patient and allow yourself to be lucky—two things that any practiced angler knows—the moment will present itself where your child experiences it through their eyes, on their terms, through their mistakes and successes, and you can sit there and be so thankful for the opportunity to be a helpful spectator as they begin to form a true connection with the outdoors.”

—Simon Perkins. Father first. Fly angler, upland devotee, and president of Orvis second.

Simon and Pippa Perkins

Photos by Els Van Woert

 

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