Orvis Guide Rendezvous: Schedule of Events and Speakers

Written by: Kathleen Moore

2014 OGR & DTH Agenda

Thursday, April 3rd
9:00am – 4:00pm: Lodge Retreat – Double Tree Hotel
9:00am – 4:00pm: IFFF Prep Clinic for taking the Casting Instructor’s Exam – Holiday Inn
5:00pm – 7:00pm: Cocktail Party & Registration – Holiday Inn
6:00pm:  Guide Pro Shop Opens

Friday, April 4th
7:30am: Registration & Guide Rendezvous Pro Shop Opens – Coffee and Pastries
8:00am: Welcome and Introduction – Dave Perkins, Orvis Executive Vice Chairman – Ballroom
8:30am: Overview of Orvis Adventures in 2014 – Simon Perkins, Senior Manager Orvis Adventures and Andrew Pierce, Marketing Manager Orvis Adventures – Ballroom
9:30am: Mercury Project Update – Steve Hemkens – Ballroom
10:30am: Orvis Rod & Tackle, What’s New – R&T product development team – Ballroom
12:30pm: Lunch, open to your own discretion
1:30pm – 2:30pm: Q&A: Taking full advantage of the Orvis Endorsement – Andrew Pierce – Montana Room
2:30pm – 3:30pm: Orvis Field Testers and Q&A Product Sessions – Montana Room
3:30pm – 4:30pm: Networking with Orvis Corporate stores – Best Practices panel discussion – Montana Room
1:30pm – 4:30pm: Continuing Education Workshops – Outside

  • Casting Work Shop – Hutch Hutchinson and Pete Kutzer. Focus: how to teach casting with an emphasis on the Orvis Progressive Method of Casting.
  • Are you prepared? 5 Essentials to a Well-Stocked First Aid Kit – Neil Luehring, Orvis Endorsed Guide, Former Captain of the Colorado Springs Fire Department and Paramedic.
  • Water Safety – Link and Becky Jackson, owners of StreamTech Boats. 30+ Years White Water Guiding and Swift Water Rescue Training.

5:30pm: Orvis-hosted Cocktail Party – Atrium
6:30pm: Orvis-hosted Banquet Dinner and Awards Ceremony: keynote speakers Tom Bie / Tim Linehan – Ballroom

Saturday, April 5th
8:00am: Coffee and pastries
9:00am: Conservation Presentation: Pebble Mine/Bristol Bay Update – Dwayne Meadows, TU Pacific Northwest Outreach Director, TU/Orvis 1,000 Mile River Campaign Update – Ballroom
10:00am: Social Media and The Orvis News: How to be current in an ever changing medium – Kathleen Moore, Orvis Social Media Manager and How to make the Orvis News work for you – Phil Monahan, Orvis News Editor – Ballroom
11:00am: Taking better images on the water. Photographer – Brian O’Keefe from Catch Magazine – Ballroom
12:00pm: Lunch, open to your own discretion
1:00pm – 2:00pm: Open Q&A session with Kathleen Moore and Phil Monahan – Social Media gurus – Montana Room
2:00pm – 4:00pm: Orvis Wing Shooting Session – Steve Hemkens, Reid Bryant, Andrew Pierce – Montana Room
1:30pm – 4:00pm: Orvis Guide Olympics, A range of challenges you should be ready for as a professional Fly Fishing Guide. (Outside – weather permitting, plan B location – Atrium).

  • Guide Cook Off
  • Casting
  • Throw Rope
  • Rod Rigging

4:00pm – 6:00pm: Orvis Fly Fishing Festival “Down the Hatch” – Caras Park, Live Music, Food, Beer and Fly Fishing
7:00pm – 9:00pm: Orvis Fly Fishing Film Fest – The Wilma Theatre

Sunday, April 6th
BBQ on the Missouri River – Craig, MT. Starts at 4 p.m., goes until the food and beer is gone.

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