In a delightfully ostentatious move, Mulliner, the coach-building division of British luxury car company Bentley, has created a rather over the top, but fully equipped fly fishing kit specifically for its Bentayga SUV.
Perhaps the firm feared other genres of fishing may come across as too common, or maybe Bentley owners exclusively opt for the feathery form of weightless casting, but Mulliner has thought of everything in its elaborate display of bespoke accessories.
Four tubes wrapped in saddle leather are mounted under the Bentayga’s fabric parcel shelf to store one’s rods. As well as the leather-clad timber three-trunk storage system, there’s a pair of matching nets in matching leather bags in a carpet-trimmed pocket.
Inside, the first section is the fishy bit: a burr walnut-veneered draw holding leather-wrapped aluminium reel cases, walnut-covered books of hooks, cotton, feathers to create the perfect fly to suit your exact fishing conditions — there’s even fly-tying advice to help Bentley owners avoid the appearance they might require assistance.
A separate box, complete with an electronic dehumidifier, neoprene lining and waterproof floor to ensure the swanky leather stays smelling as expensive as it no doubt is, is where one should store one’s waders when one doesn’t require their use.
The last section of the pout-inducing affair is the most luxurious of them all: the refreshment case. Complete with three aluminium flasks and a set of Mulliner-branded fine china tableware, it’s the icing on your swanky fish-flavoured cake.
The whole three-sectioned kit and caboodle slides out to form a table for your riverside fine dining experience if you so desire and the refreshment case, which is, of course, covered in quilted leather, can be used as what would go close to being the world’s most inappropriate camping chair.
What it would cost to customise the world’s most expensive SUV is unknown, but with the non-fly-fishing-spec Bentayga starting at A$420,600, it’s likely beyond the reach of your average Aussie freshwater fishing enthusiast.
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