Orvis clothes are cut generously to accommodate an active country lifestyle. We build plenty of “wearing ease” in all our garments to ensure you will enjoy them for many years. We field-test all of them on associates, and we take into consideration how the clothing will be worn. For example, when we fit outerwear, we always size it with the appropriate layers beneath. That means you do not need to order a size up for a comfortable fit.
A Sportsman's Legacy of Preservation
In July of 1959, 16 anglers met at the home of George Griffith on the banks of the Au Sable River near Grayling, Michigan with a shared passion for trout fishing and a shared concern over Michigan’s policies of stocking their trout streams with hatchery fish. It was the contention of these gentlemen, were these rivers protected and preserved, the stocks of wild fish would flourish on their own. They were correct. The success in Michigan was so profound as to inspire others across the country to form chapters to protect riparian habitat and TU became a national organization.
Almost 50 years later, Trout Unlimited is one of the most influential and effective conservation organizations in the world, with more than 150,000 volunteers, belonging to some 450 chapters nationwide. Working with these volunteers is a highly respected staff of lawyers, policy makers and scientists working throughout the country, whose Mission Statement is “To conserve, protect and restore North America’s coldwater fisheries and their watersheds.”
Since the formative years, Orvis and Trout Unlimited have maintained a very strong relationship given the common nature of their interest. Orvis Chairman Leigh H. Perkins and Orvis CEO Perk Perkins have both served on the board of TU and a substantial portion of Orvis’s conservation budget of 5% of pre-tax profits is earmarked for Trout Unlimited each year.
Today, Orvis has teamed up with Trout Unlimited to mobilize a substantial effort towards preservation, while providing fashionable apparel. Trout Unlimited will receive a portion of the proceeds from the sales of this special Trout Unlimited Collection.. Orvis is proud to support the efforts of Trout Unlimited into the 21st century, to ensure a more robust and promising future for the environment.
“One of the keys to Trout Unlimited’s success is the number of people they have in the field,” said Orvis’s Tom Rosenbauer, who works closely with TU as a member of the Orvis Conservation Committee. “They use very scientific methods to determine their course of action and as a result have had significant success in building consensus and support for preserving trout and salmon habitat throughout the country.”
“One of our most important objectives is to develop programs and recommendations based on the very best information and thinking available,” said TU's first president, Dr. Casey E. Westell Jr. “In all matters of trout management, we want to know that we are substantially correct, both morally and biologically.”
Presently TU along with many other efforts nationwide is at the forefront of a critical battle to preserve the Bristol Bay region of Alaska. This region is the last great natural salmon fishery left in the world supporting five species of salmon including the sockeye, king, chum, pink and silver salmon. Each year millions of these salmon return to the rivers of the Bristol Bay region to spawn and their lifecycle is the fuel by which hundreds of other native species in the region survive.
Developers are attempting to license and build the Pebble Mine, a gold mine in this fragile region which could have a devastating effect on this magnificent fishery. Mining operations have historically destroyed watersheds with toxic runoff from their operations and for this to happen in this fishery would be a major environmental disaster, not only for the fishery, but for the entire ecosystem that depends on these fish for sustenance. Trout Unlimited, Orvis, The Conservation Fund, The Bristol Bay Alliance and numerous other organizations are marshalling their efforts to prevent this impending threat.
For more information on Trout Unlimited and the important conservation work they do go to www.tu.org