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2021 Orvis-Endorsed Finalists & Award Winners 

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Over three decades ago, Orvis embarked on a mission to make planning a world-class fly-fishing or wingshooting experience easier for our customers. We sought out the best operations and worked alongside them to perfect their systems, their facilities, and most importantly, the associated customer experience. The result was the Orvis-Endorsed Program.


Each year, representatives from this remarkable network of outdoor leaders within the Orvis-Endorsed family are recognized as the best of the best. At root, these accolades represent the consolidated sentiments of the customer, as the feedback we receive about a customer experience is the ultimate arbiter of success.


This designation also speaks to an operation’s environmental commitment, stewardship of their associated natural resource, and partnership with Orvis in providing the finest fly-fishing and wingshooting experience possible for the Orvis customer.


Drone view of the Madison Valley Ranch

2021 Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Lodge of the Year

WINNER—Madison Valley Ranch, MT

“I am a beginning fly fisherman and was a little nervous about this trip, but they were so positive and encouraging. I was catching fish in no time. The guides made the fishing so much fun and enjoyable. From the warm welcome at the lodge to the amazing dining, this experience was over the top and exceeded my expectations. I’m hooked and will definitely be returning.”


FINALISTS:

North Fork Ranch, CO 

Alaska’s Boardwalk Lodge, AK 

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2021 Orvis-Endorsed Wingshooting Lodge of the Year

WINNER—Flying B Ranch, ID 

The Flying B Ranch creates an incomparable outdoor environment—visually stunning, blessed by great weather, and focused on land management that produces ideal bird habitat. But they don’t just cater to the hunt… it’s the entire experience, from pick-up to lodge living, to the meals! The Ranch never disappoints in any way. 5 stars in every aspect.


FINALISTS:

Highland Hills Ranch, OR 

Joshua Creek Ranch, TX 

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2021 Orvis Dealer of the Year

WINNER—TCO Fly Shop, PA

“Great local fly shop, if I lived closer I would be in trouble and probably broke. Tough to leave here without buying something. I think the expression is don't go grocery shopping on an empty stomach, well don't go to this shop if you are hungry for fly fishing equipment and materials. Great staff, very informative and helpful. Visit if you are in the area and be prepared for a great experience.”


FINALISTS:

The Reelflyrod in Bellbrook, OH

Streamside Orvis in Traverse City, MI

Confluence Fly Shop in Bend, OR

Anglers in Boise, ID

Northwest Outfitters in Coeur D’Alene, ID

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2021 Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Outfitter of the Year

WINNER—Lillard Fly Fishing Expeditions, CO

We were looking for a backcountry fly-fishing experience for our boys who love to hike and fish, and this was exactly what we hoped for and more. The experience was centered on fly fishing, but leadership, conservation, and the environment were clearly their passion. If someone is looking for a camp to expose their child to fly fishing and give them the opportunity to fish some phenomenal water, I would highly recommend a trip with Lillard Fly Fishing Expeditions.


FINALISTS:

Willowfly Anglers, CO 

Ugly Bug Fly Shop, WY 

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Black and white portrait of Alberto Rey

2021 Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide of the Year

WINNER—Alberto Rey, NY 

“I am an amateur (beginner) fly fisherman—and this guide made me feel like a professional on the stream. Alberto is polite, kind, friendly, and so so helpful!! He explained everything—showed me how to cast and mend—coached me every step of the way. This was my fourth time with him—and I keep coming back because the day is so enjoyable. We were on the fish all day!! Cannot wait to fish again with him—thank you, Alberto!”


FINALISTS:

John Way, MT 

Josh Pfeiffer, TN 

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Two hunters walking in a golden field.

2021 Orvis-Endorsed Wingshooting Guide of the Year

WINNER—Mike Goldsmith, Joshua Creek Ranch, TX

Mike is truly an exceptional guide! Friendly, technical, knowledgeable... his dog handling ability is second to none. Whether you are a master hunter or a beginner, this is the guy you want to lead you on a hunt!


FINALISTS:

Ryan O’Shaughnessy, West Texas Quail Outfitters, TX 

Andrew Schlarbaum, Highland Hills Ranch, OR 

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Brian Kraft holding his catch in the water

2021 Orvis-Endorsed Conservationist of the Year 

Brian Kraft,  AK, Alaska Sportsman’s Lodge

“From the very beginning, Brian has been in the thick of the battle—lending an endless amount of his time, energy, airplane hours, and money to stopping the Pebble Mine. Brian’s leadership, passion, generosity, commitment, and partnership with the indigenous leaders of Bristol Bay have been pivotal to keeping the Pebble Mine from being built in the heart of Bristol Bay. His dedication to conservation has inspired thousands of people around the country to get involved, take action and make a difference.” —Nelli Williams, Alaska Director, Trout Unlimited 

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2021 Orvis Lifetime Achievement Award

 Paul Roos, MT

Instructor, teacher, mentor, advisor, coach, observer, even disciplinarian: Paul had an extraordinary knack for knowing which to be and when for each client. The guides he trained say the same about him. And he was exemplary at each of those roles. He worked at each to become great at them, and his career in education—as a math teacher and school principal—no doubt helped. Paul was a truly gifted angler, and he was as engaged taking a beginner from a 1 to a 2 as he was taking a veteran from 9 to 10. But most of his clients would say it wasn’t about the skills learned. It was about the engagement. 


That engagement extended to the land and waters where Paul worked and played. It would not be a stretch to call Paul the “Dean of the Blackfoot River,” or even of the Blackfoot Valley. He knew every characteristic of the river from the headwaters you could jump across to its confluence with the Clark Fork: its eddies, accesses, riparian landowners, spawning riffles, bull trout holes, hatches. . . as well as its threats and opportunities. Paul was a role model of a conservationist, for anglers as well as for guides. He was adept at finding the common values that enabled him to discuss conservation needs with nearly all constituencies, including ranchers, anglers, loggers, agency professionals, and politicians. When there was a meeting on a sticky resource issue, Paul was one of the first to be called. Over his lifetime, he served on nearly every conservation board in the region and countless task forces. However, it was his one-on-one time, the individual relationships and trust he built, that made things happen. 

 

Past Winners

2020 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD WINNER

STEVE GROSSMAN | Double Gun Bird Hunts, Staples, Minnesota


2020 ORVIS-ENDORSED FLY-FISHING LODGE OF THE YEAR

HEALING WATERS LODGE | Twin Bridges, Montana


2020 ORVIS-ENDORSED WINGSHOOTING LODGE OF THE YEAR

PRAIRIE WILDLIFE | West Point, Mississippi


2020 ORVIS-ENDORSED OUTFITTER OF THE YEAR

LINEHAN OUTFITTING | Troy, Montana


2020 ORVIS-ENDORSED WINGSHOOTING GUIDE OF THE YEAR

BJ WALLE | Flying B Ranch, Kamiah, Idaho


2020 ORVIS-ENDORSED FRESHWATER GUIDE OF THE YEAR

JOSH PFEIFFER | Maryville, Tennessee


2020 ORVIS-ENDORSED SALTWATER GUIDE OF THE YEAR

CAPTAIN RENE LETOURNEAU | Pawtucket, Rhode Island


2020 FLY SHOP OF THE YEAR

BAY STREET OUTFITTERS | Beaufort, South Carolina

2019 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD WINNER

LONNIE ALLEN | Three Rivers Ranch, Idaho


2019 ORVIS-ENDORSED FLY-FISHING LODGE OF THE YEAR

CRYSTAL CREEK LODGE | King Salmon, Alaska


2019 ORVIS-ENDORSED WINGSHOOTING LODGE OF THE YEAR

SOUTHWIND PLANTATION | Attapulgus, Georgia


2019 INTERNATIONAL DESTINATION OF THE YEAR

HAWK LAKE LODGE | Kenora, Ontario


2019 ORVIS-ENDORSED OUTFITTER OF THE YEAR

CROSS CURRENT GUIDE SERVICE & OUTFITTERS | Starlight, Pennsylvania


2019 ORVIS-ENDORSED WINGSHOOTING GUIDE OF THE YEAR

RYAN O’SHAUGHNESSY | Alpine, Texas


2019 ORVIS-ENDORSED FRESHWATER GUIDE OF THE YEAR

CHIP SWANSON | Breckenridge, Colorado


2019 ORVIS-ENDORSED SALTWATER GUIDE OF THE YEAR

DUANE BAKER | Tavernier, Florida


2019 FLY SHOP OF THE YEAR

ANGLER’S COVEY | Colorado Springs, Colorado

2018 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD WINNER

SANDY MORET | Islamorada, Florida


2018 ORVIS-ENDORSED FLY-FISHING LODGE OF THE YEAR

WOLLASTON LAKE LODGE | Saskatchewan, Canada


2018 ORVIS-ENDORSED WINGSHOOTING LODGE OF THE YEAR

JOSHUA CREEK RANCH | Boerne, Texas


2018 INTERNATIONAL DESTINATION OF THE YEAR

SALVELINUS | Spanish Pyrenees



2018 ORVIS-ENDORSED OUTFITTER OF THE YEAR

WILD WATERS FLY FISHING | Mt. Shasta, California


2018 ORVIS-ENDORSED WINGSHOOTING GUIDE OF THE YEAR

MARK NISSEN | Glendale, Wisconsin


2018 ORVIS-ENDORSED FRESHWATER GUIDE OF THE YEAR

JENNY MAYRELL-WOODRUFF | Broken Bow, Oklahoma


2018 ORVIS-ENDORSED SALTWATER GUIDE OF THE YEAR

CAPT. JASON SULLIVAN | Everglades National Park, Florida


2018 FLY SHOP OF THE YEAR

UNICOI OUTFITTERS | Helen, Georgia

2017 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD WINNER

MATT LIBBY, SR. | Libby Camps, Maine


2017 ORVIS-ENDORSED FLY-FISHING LODGE OF THE YEAR

BIG HOLE LODGE | Wise River, Montana


2017 ORVIS-ENDORSED WINGSHOOTING LODGE OF THE YEAR

SOUTHWIND PLANTATION | Attapulgus, Georgia


2017 INTERNATIONAL DESTINATION OF THE YEAR

EL PESCADOR LODGE & VILLAS | Ambergris Caye, Belize



2017 ORVIS-ENDORSED OUTFITTER OF THE YEAR

THE TACKLE SHOP OUTFITTERS | Ennis, Montana


2017 ORVIS-ENDORSED WINGSHOOTING GUIDE OF THE YEAR

ERIC HARRISON | Boerne, Texas


2017 ORVIS-ENDORSED FRESHWATER GUIDE OF THE YEAR

KIP VIETH | Monticello, Minnesota


2017 ORVIS-ENDORSED SALTWATER GUIDE OF THE YEAR

CAPT. LUCAS BISSETT | Slidell, Louisiana


2017 FLY SHOP OF THE YEAR

BEAVERKILL ANGLER | Roscoe, New York

2016 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD WINNER

CAROLYN PARKER | River Run Outfitters, Branson, Missouri


2016 ORVIS-ENDORSED FLY-FISHING LODGE OF THE YEAR

THE LODGE AT GLENDORN | Bradford, Pennsylvania


2016 ORVIS-ENDORSED WINGSHOOTING LODGE OF THE YEAR

PAUL NELSON FARM | Gettysburg, South Dakota


2016 INTERNATIONAL DESTINATION OF THE YEAR

MAGIC WATERS PATAGONIA LODGE | Coyhaique, Chile


2016 ORVIS-ENDORSED OUTFITTER OF THE YEAR

ELLENSBURG ANGLER | Ellensburg, Washington


2016 ORVIS-ENDORSED WINGSHOOTING GUIDE OF THE YEAR

RANDY MATIS | Elgin, Arizona


2016 ORVIS-ENDORSED FRESHWATER GUIDE OF THE YEAR

JOHN HERZER | Blackfoot River Outfitters, Missoula, Montana


2016 ORVIS-ENDORSED SALTWATER GUIDE OF THE YEAR

CAPT. KEN CHAMBERS | Backcountry Guide Service, Naples, Florida


2016 ORVIS AUTHORIZED DEALER OF THE YEAR

BRECKENRIDGE OUTFITTERS | Breckenridge, Colorado

2015 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD WINNER

GEORGE HUNKER | Sweetwater Fishing Expeditions, Lander, Wyoming


2015 ORVIS-ENDORSED FLY-FISHING LODGE OF THE YEAR

MADISON VALLEY RANCH | Ennis, Montana


2015 ORVIS-ENDORSED WINGSHOOTING LODGE OF THE YEAR

GREYSTONE CASTLE | Mingus, Texas


2015 INTERNATIONAL DESTINATION OF THE YEAR

RIO MANSO LODGE | Argentina


2015 ORVIS-ENDORSED FLY-FISHING OUTFITTER OF THE YEAR

NORTH PARK ANGLERS | Walden, Colorado


2015 ORVIS-ENDORSED FLY-FISHING GUIDE OF THE YEAR - WEST

CHUCK PAGE | Big Hole Lodge, Wise River, Montana


2015 ORVIS-ENDORSED FLY-FISHING GUIDE OF THE YEAR - EAST

BROWN HOBSON | Asheville, North Carolina


2015 ORVIS-ENDORSED FLY-FISHING GUIDE SERVICE OF THE YEAR

LONG OUTFITTING | Livingston, Montana


2015 ORVIS-ENDORSED FLY-FISHING EXPEDITION OF THE YEAR

DEEP CANYON OUTFITTERS | Bend, Oregon

2014 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD WINNER

DOUG GIBSON | Three Rivers Ranch, Irwin, Idaho


2014 ORVIS-ENDORSED FLY-FISHING LODGE OF THE YEAR

THE LODGE AT PALISADES CREEK | Irwin, Idaho


2014 ORVIS-ENDORSED WINGSHOOTING LODGE OF THE YEAR

FLYING B RANCH | Kamiah, Idaho


2014 INTERNATIONAL DESTINATION OF THE YEAR

THE BOAT COMPANY | Southeast Alaska


2014 ORVIS-ENDORSED FLY-FISHING OUTFITTER OF THE YEAR

UGLY BUG FLY SHOP | Casper, Wyoming


2014 ORVIS-ENDORSED FLY-FISHING GUIDE OF THE YEAR - WEST

PAT KANE | Missoula, Montana


2014 ORVIS-ENDORSED FLY-FISHING GUIDE OF THE YEAR - EAST

PATRICK FULKROD | Bristol, Virginia

2013 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD WINNER

JOHN KOWALSKI | PRO Outfitters, Ovando, Montana


2013 ORVIS-ENDORSED FLY-FISHING LODGE OF THE YEAR - EAST

CAMP BONAVENTURE | Bonaventure, Quebec


2013 ORVIS-ENDORSED FLY-FISHING LODGE OF THE YEAR - WEST

FIREHOLE RANCH | West Yellowstone, Montana


2013 ORVIS-ENDORSED WINGSHOOTING LODGE OF THE YEAR

PINE HILL PLANTATION | Donalsonville, Georgia


2013 ORVIS-ENDORSED FLY-FISHING OUTFITTER OF THE YEAR - EAST

LOPSTICK LODGE OUTFITTERS | Pittsburg, New Hampshire


2013 ORVIS-ENDORSED FLY-FISHING OUTFITTER OF THE YEAR - WEST

BRECKENRIDGE OUTFITTERS | Breckenridge, Colorado


2013 ORVIS-ENDORSED FLY-FISHING GUIDE OF THE YEAR - WEST

TIM LINEHAN | Troy, Montana


2013 ORVIS-ENDORSED FLY-FISHING GUIDE SERVICE OF THE YEAR

ROCKY MOUNTAIN OUTFITTERS | Heber City, Utah


2013 EXPEDITION OF THE YEAR

FORTRESS LAKE RETREAT | Alberta, Canada



2013 INTERNATIONAL DESTINATION OF THE YEAR

EL PESCADOR LODGE & VILLAS | Ambergris Caye, Belize