1856
Charles F. Orvis founds The Orvis Company in Manchester, Vermont.
1874
Charles Orvis invents first ventilated narrow spool fly reel to be mounted upright - prototype for modern fly reels.
  1880
Orvis bamboo rod named best of its weight in the world by leading outdoor writer Ned Buntline.
1885
Orvis glass Minnow Trap launched. A brisk seller until the 1960s.
1892
Charles' daughter Mary Orvis Marbury receives national acclaim for Favorite Flies and Their Histories, the world's first illustrated classification and standardization of fishing flies.
  1893
Mary Marbury invited to exhibit Orvis flies and fishing photographs at Chicago World's Fair.
  1939
Orvis purchased by Dudley C. "Duckie" Corkran.
1940
Wesley Jordan, legendary rod builder, takes over Orvis rod production.
1942
Orvis joins war effort, producing split bamboo ski poles for U.S. troops.
1946
Orvis team develops and patents world's first impregnated bamboo rod, making rods completely waterproof and warp-proof.
1956
100th anniversary. Orvis opens flagship store in Manchester, complete with 10,000 flies and casting pool for testing rods.
1965
Leigh H. Perkins buys the Orvis Company. Annual sales are $500,000.
1966
America's first fly fishing school opens at Orvis Manchester, Vermont.
1967
Orvis introduced the "Zinger" to the world in 1967.
1969
Orvis is first to produce and market Georgia Fatwood Kindling.
1972
Orvis develops first modern exposed-rim, skeleton frame, superlight fly reel - the CFO®.
1973
America's first dedicated wingshooting school opens at Orvis Manchester.
  1974
Orvis introduces its first graphite rods.
1977
Orvis introduces the Dog's Nest® to America.
1982
Orvis establishes mail order and retail business in England. www.orvis.co.uk

1984
Orvis introduces Sporting Clays to America via its Houston store.

1986
Orvis-Endorsed Lodges, Outfitters, and Guides Program is created, defining standards of quality and responsibility sportsmen can rely on.
 

1987
Orvis introduces first one-weight rod.

Orvis opens customer service and distribution center in Roanoke, Virginia.

1988
Orvis signs on 400th dealer worldwide. Orvis introduces 25-year, unconditional rod guarantee.
  1989
Orvis rods named No. 1 Best Made Product of the U.S. in the 1980s by Tom Peters, author of In Search of Excellence.

1990
Orvis purchases Gokey Company, manufacturers of fine hunting boots, shoes, and luggage since 1850.

Orvis introduces its first customer-matching grant campaign for conservation to benefit US wetlands; we raised more than $200,000.

1992
Leigh H. Perkins names son, Perk Perkins, new President and CEO of The Orvis Company Inc.
1993
Orvis purchases British Fly Reel.

Orvis CFO III disc fly reel wins "Best in Show" at International Fly Tackle Dealer Show.
 

1995
Orvis first appears on the Internet in November 1995 with an informational site including an online version of the Orvis News.

1998
Orvis introduces the Flex Index system to fly rod design.

Orvis launches e-commerce site www.orvis.com in March allowing online purchases of Orvis products for the first time.

1999
Vortex named "Reel of the Century" by Men's Journal magazine. Orvis online sales jump nearly 400% since initial launch date. Trident TL and Vortex reels are voted "Gray's Best" in 1999 and 2000 respectively by Gray's Sporting Journal magazine. The 1999 Sporting Traditions catalog is named "Catalog of the Year" by Catalog Age

2002
Orvis Company introduces the T3 Carbon Fiber Rods. Using materials developed for aerospace technology, the T3 is the lightest, most durable rod ever made.

Orvis Sandanona receives recognition from the Environmental Protection Agency for its leading-edge Environmental Stewardship Plan.

2004
The First Waders with a full-support, wading shoe attached for more comfort and convenience than any other wader made.
2006
The year that marked the 150th anniversary of The Orvis Company turned out to be a year of many milestones. Orvis fly fishing tackle continued to receive accolades from respected fly fishing magazines, especially for our technologically ground-breaking fly rod, the Zero Gravity.

2008
Orvis introduces Helios technology and forever changes the fly rod industry. The lightest and strongest ever built, the Helios goes on to win six major product awards.

Orvis passes the $10 million mark in funds raised and donated to protecting nature.

The groundbreaking Sonic Seam Waders with welded seams are introduced.

2011
Orvis opens its 50th U.S. retail store.
2012
Orvis UK celebrates its 30th Anniversary.

2013
Orvis acquires Scientific Angler and Ross Reels from 3M Corporation.