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2022 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 blue water with a colorful sky

2022 Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Lodge of the Year

WINNER—Alaska Sportsman’s Lodge

“This was my first time going to Alaska and first time fly fishing. I was absolutely amazed by the facilities and what they offered. I can't even begin to comment on the staff, they were simply AMAZING! They do everything humanly possible to ensure you have an incredible experience. I can’t wait to go back.”


FINALISTS:

Libby’s Sporting Camps, ME

The Lodge at Glendorn, PA

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2022 Orvis-Endorsed Wingshooting Lodge of the Year

WINNER—Greystone Castle Sporting Club, TX

“The staff is courteous and no request is ignored, too big, or too small. The food is exceptional. The facilities are clean, up-to-date, and well-appointed. Hunting is some of the best in the industry. Abundant hard-flying birds over beautiful and forgiving terrain. Most importantly, the dog work and the knowledge and conduct of the handlers are simply unrivaled. Do not miss out on an opportunity to relax and hunt at Greystone!”


FINALISTS:

Rio Piedra Plantation, GA

Flint Oak Ranch, KS

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2022 Orvis-Endorsed International Destination of the Year

WINNER—El Pescador Lodge, Belize

“My family had an experience we will remember for the rest of our lives! Every member of the staff goes above and beyond to make sure the details of your stay are taken care of quickly and with a smile. The fishing was great, but it’s the staff that will keep me coming back. The lodge staff goes out of their way to ensure non-angling guests have a great time and receive the same amazing customer service as the angling clients. Don't be afraid to bring your non-angling spouse or friends; they will enjoy every moment!”

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FINALIST:

Blue Horizon Lodge, Belize

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A man and a young person holding a fish

2022 Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Outfitter of the Year

WINNER—Willowfly Anglers, CO

“Honestly, since I had never fly fished before, to say I was a little anxious and intimidated would be an understatement! However, after our guide got us loaded up and on our way, my anxiety soon turned to pure enjoyment! Their professionalism, kind words of encouragement, and downright great attitude made my first day of fly fishing an unforgettable memory that I will cherish for the rest of my life. I’m hooked!”


FINALISTS:

Lopstick Outfitters, NH 

Angler’s Covey, CO

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2022 Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide of the Year

WINNER—Bryan Donoway, MD

“Thoroughly enjoyed my first fly-fishing experience. Been fishing my whole life, but never fly fishing. It was something I always was interested in, but thought it looked too difficult. My hubby arranged for Bryan to take us out to learn as a birthday gift for me. One of the best gifts ever! Had so much fun and learned A LOT! I learned that it's definitely a different way to fish, but not hard at all like I thought. Bryan answered all of my many questions and never complained about fixing my tree-snagged line over and over. HAHA! Bryan was versed in everything about the Gunpowder Falls waterway we were fishing in, right down to every bug around! You could tell he loves the water and teaching others about its wonder. We highly recommend asking Bryan to take you out for a fun-filled educational day on the water.”


FINALISTS:

E.J. Stern, NC

Jay Aylward, MA

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Dave Brown kneeling in a field with two hunting dogs

2022 Orvis-Endorsed Wingshooting Guide of the Year

WINNER—Dave Brown, Arizona Quail Guides, AZ

“I spent a couple days with Dave and his guys in mid-December chasing quail. As Dave let me know, Mearns were a little spotty this year, however, I was able to cross off a ‘bucket list’ bird. Great dude, great dog work. Mearns country is beautiful, which made the trip worth it in itself. Another day we set out for gambles and scaled quail. We definitely got into birds. It was a memorable day. It's obvious that Dave and his guys put in the time scouting and know how to find coveys. It's apparent that their dogs work a lot of birds. Lunch from the local bakery in Patagonia was way better than a tailgate lunch should be, too! The customer service from Dave and Lisa leading up to and after the hunt was excellent.”


FINALISTS:

John Hubble, TX

Trent Leichleiter, Pheasant Bonanza, NE

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Lincoln Westby standing up on a boat fishing

2022 Orvis Lifetime Achievement Award

Lincoln Westby, Blue Horizon Lodge, Belize

Lincoln Westby began his guiding career in 1971, and at 79 years old today, he’s the head guide at Blue Horizon Lodge and still getting out on the water. Few other guides have been able to retain his passion for fishing for as long as he has. You won’t hear him complaining about anything … because he plain loves being on the water and helping guests catch permit. With over 2,000 permit to hand, Lincoln is considered the “permit master” and has gained legendary status in the world of fly fishing. He has led seminars and lectures about fishing for permit and conserving their habitat in Belize. He has trained dozens of the top guides in Belize and is eager to share his knowledge with anyone who is interested in learning more about permit.

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The stone front of Northern Outfitters Store

2022 Orvis Fly Shop of the Year

WINNER—Northwest Outfitters

“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:

Confluence Fly Shop, OR

Anglers Fly Shop, ID

Gates Ausable Lodge, MI

Streamside, MI

Reel Fly Rod, OH

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Past Winners

2021 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD WINNER

PAUL ROOS | Montana


2021 ORVIS-ENDORSED FLY-FISHING LODGE OF THE YEAR

MADISON VALLEY RANCH | Ennis, Montana


2021 ORVIS-ENDORSED WINGSHOOTING LODGE OF THE YEAR

FLYING B RANCH | Kamiah, Idaho


2021 ORVIS-ENDORSED FLY-FISHING OUTFITTER OF THE YEAR

LILLARD FLY FISHING EXPEDITIONS | Pisgah

Forest, North Carolina


2021 ORVIS-ENDORSED FLY-FISHING GUIDE OF THE YEAR

ALBERTO REY | Fredonia, New York


2020 ORVIS-ENDORSED WINGSHOOTING GUIDE OF THE YEAR

MIKE GOLDSMITH | Joshua Creek Ranch, Boerne, Texas


2021 ORVIS-ENDORSED CONSERVATIONIST OF THE YEAR

BRIAN KRAFT | Alaska Sportsman’s Lodge, Bristol Bay region, Alaska


2021 ORVIS DEALER OF THE YEAR

TCO FLY SHOP | Pennsylvania

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