2020 Orvis-Endorsed Winners

Man celebrating  a catch in the ocean

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.


Healing Waters Lodge

2020 Fly-Fishing Lodge of the Year

Healing Waters Lodge—Twin Bridges, MT

“It was a great, life-changing trip! The owners were gracious and engaged hosts, the guides were excellent, the accommodations relaxing, and the meals exceptional. We are novices at fly fishing and wanted to learn how to do it reasonably well and get a breadth of experience in different fishing venues. This trip exceeded our exceptions. The setting was tranquil, quiet, and beautiful. Nighthawks called and soared day and night. The view of the Ruby Range to the South was a great way to wake up and enjoy a cup of coffee in the morning, and the outdoor hot tub was a relaxing way to end a long day of fishing. This is one of the finest fishing lodges in the American West.”

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Prairie Wildlife Lodge

2020 Wingshooting Lodge of the Year

Prairie Wildlife—West Point, MS

“In more than a half-century of upland bird shooting, I have never been to a Lodge or shooting estate that comes close to the equal of Prairie Wildlife! A wide range of types of birds, types of clay presentations; Tower Shoots with pigeon, Hungarian partridge, and pheasant on special occasions; a large helice field with multiple rings; and more. The staff and management at Prairie Wildlife are never satisfied. Each time I visit, there is something new – something has been improved, something special has been added. Prairie Wildlife is as good as it gets!”

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Man and woman holding trout

2020 Fly-Fishing Outfitter of the Year

Linehan Outfitting—Troy, MT

“I am firming up plans for my 3rd consecutive trip with this outfitter and I cannot stop smiling! Each year I think it can’t be better than the last… and, yes, it is! How many fish trips or outfitter experiences can you say left you a better person? From a pure angling angle, my couple of days was top three epic – fresh or salt – in some 49 years of fly fishing. While getting to appreciate and release healthy, native strain Bows and primordial Bulls was sublime, the fishing was really more a means to an end. Setting was surreal too. But it’s the owners/operators and their crew that really set them apart. These kind, empathic people have an intrinsic talent to make you feel like you’re the most important person on the planet. Through example, they teach you what living harmoniously with the wilderness can be like. I left them (reluctantly) with my faith in humanity restored and a new raised bar for myself in what I aspire to be as a conservationist and fellow human.”

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Man holding fish

2020 Freshwater Fly-Fishing Guide of the Year

Josh Pfeiffer—Maryville, TN

“Josh provided for us a perfect fishing day-and-a-half out on the water. Only three months new to fly fishing, we were both excited and anxious about what to expect. Josh made the day spectacular. He is patient, easy-going, and plain fun to be with. We covered tons of water, fishing many spots on the river. We learned so much, but never felt overwhelmed by all the information because he gave us so many tips and time to practice. Josh’s love for the water, the environment, and fly fishing were contagious. He made every success a pure celebration. We will be talking about this trip for a long time, and we are already considering when to contact Josh for the next fly-fishing experience.”

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Captain Rene holding a striped bass

2020 Saltwater Fly-Fishing Guide of the Year

Captain Rene Letourneau—Pawtucket, RI

“Big efforts overcome hard fishing!! Captain Rene continues to put in the effort year after year, which is why we always come back. Tough fishing conditions this year with weather and fish migration, but Rene put in the extra effort to get us on the fish. We enjoyed a scenic ride along the Rhode Island coast while glassing for bird activity – Rene pulled out all the stops and traveled the entire coast to get the job done. Well done Captain; see you next year!”

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BJ Walle

2020 Wingshooting Guide of the Year

BJ Walle—Flying B Ranch, Kamiah, ID

“BJ inspires confidence with his maturity and knowledge of the game and the terrain. His dog handling skills are exceptional, evidenced by the dogs’ excellence and obvious affection for him. BJ could and did adjust the tempo of the hunt to the needs of his client. A great guide!”

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Bay Street Outfitters

2020 Orvis Fly Shop of the Year

Bay Street Outfitters—Beaufort, SC

“Great fly shop. Great people. Nothing else needs to be said. Stop in.”

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Steve Grossman

2020 Orvis Lifetime Achievement Award

Steve Grossman—Double Gun Bird Hunts, Staples, MN

In a career that spans more than four decades, Steve Grossman has become one of the most accomplished, and beloved, bird guides and dog handlers working today. From the grouse woods of his native Minnesota to the Dakota prairies, Steve has built a reputation for providing classic hunts where dog work and a time-honored dedication to the beauty of the hunt are paramount. This respect for the game and the dogs is the primary focus of Steve and his crew. This eye toward quality, and a commitment to wild birds in wild places, is the result of countless miles walked, countless early mornings, and a steadfast belief that there is far more to a hunt than a full bag or some burnt powder. As author Tom Davis related:


“The point is, Steve does it right. He knows what it takes to run a first-class wingshooting operation-from the food, accommodations, and overall ambiance, to the guides and dogs. He also understands the particular challenges posed by an operation that relies exclusively on wild birds.”

Past Winners

2019 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD WINNER

LONNIE ALLEN | Three Rivers Ranch, Idaho


2019 ENDORSED FLY-FISHING LODGE OF THE YEAR

CRYSTAL CREEK LODGE | King Salmon, Alaska


2019 ENDORSED WINGSHOOTING LODGE OF THE YEAR

SOUTHWIND PLANTATION | Attapulgus, Georgia


2019 INTERNATIONAL DESTINATION OF THE YEAR

HAWK LAKE LODGE | Kenora, Ontario


2019 ENDORSED OUTFITTER OF THE YEAR

CROSS CURRENT GUIDE SERVICE & OUTFITTERS | Starlight, Pennsylvania


2019 ENDORSED WINGSHOOTING GUIDE OF THE YEAR

RYAN O’SHAUGHNESSY | Alpine, Texas


2019 ENDORSED FRESHWATER GUIDE OF THE YEAR

CHIP SWANSON | Breckenridge, Colorado


2019 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 ENDORSED FLY-FISHING LODGE OF THE YEAR

WOLLASTON LAKE LODGE | Saskatchewan, Canada


2018 ENDORSED WINGSHOOTING LODGE OF THE YEAR

JOSHUA CREEK RANCH | Boerne, Texas


2018 INTERNATIONAL DESTINATION OF THE YEAR

SALVELINUS | Spanish Pyrenees



2018 ENDORSED OUTFITTER OF THE YEAR

WILD WATERS FLY FISHING | Mt. Shasta, California


2018 ENDORSED WINGSHOOTING GUIDE OF THE YEAR

MARK NISSEN | Glendale, Wisconsin


2018 ENDORSED FRESHWATER GUIDE OF THE YEAR

JENNY MAYRELL-WOODRUFF | Broken Bow, Oklahoma


2018 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 ENDORSED FLY-FISHING LODGE OF THE YEAR

BIG HOLE LODGE | Wise River, Montana


2017 ENDORSED WINGSHOOTING LODGE OF THE YEAR

SOUTHWIND PLANTATION | Attapulgus, Georgia


2017 INTERNATIONAL DESTINATION OF THE YEAR

EL PESCADOR LODGE & VILLAS | Ambergris Caye, Belize



2017 ENDORSED OUTFITTER OF THE YEAR

THE TACKLE SHOP OUTFITTERS | Ennis, Montana


2017 ENDORSED WINGSHOOTING GUIDE OF THE YEAR

ERIC HARRISON | Boerne, Texas


2017 ENDORSED FRESHWATER GUIDE OF THE YEAR

KIP VIETH | Monticello, Minnesota


2017 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 ENDORSED FLY-FISHING LODGE OF THE YEAR

THE LODGE AT GLENDORN | Bradford, Pennsylvania


2016 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 ENDORSED OUTFITTER OF THE YEAR

ELLENSBURG ANGLER | Ellensburg, Washington


2016 ENDORSED WINGSHOOTING GUIDE OF THE YEAR

RANDY MATIS | Elgin, Arizona


2016 ENDORSED FRESHWATER GUIDE OF THE YEAR

JOHN HERZER | Blackfoot River Outfitters, Missoula, Montana


2016 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 ENDORSED FLY-FISHING LODGE OF THE YEAR

MADISON VALLEY RANCH | Ennis, Montana


2015 ENDORSED WINGSHOOTING LODGE OF THE YEAR

GREYSTONE CASTLE | Mingus, Texas


2015 INTERNATIONAL DESTINATION OF THE YEAR

RIO MANSO LODGE | Argentina


2015 ENDORSED FLY-FISHING OUTFITTER OF THE YEAR

NORTH PARK ANGLERS | Walden, Colorado


2015 ENDORSED FLY-FISHING GUIDE OF THE YEAR - WEST

CHUCK PAGE | Big Hole Lodge, Wise River, Montana


2015 ENDORSED FLY-FISHING GUIDE OF THE YEAR - EAST

BROWN HOBSON | Asheville, North Carolina


2015 ENDORSED FLY-FISHING GUIDE SERVICE OF THE YEAR

LONG OUTFITTING | Livingston, Montana


2015 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 ENDORSED FLY-FISHING LODGE OF THE YEAR

THE LODGE AT PALISADES CREEK | Irwin, Idaho


2014 ENDORSED WINGSHOOTING LODGE OF THE YEAR

FLYING B RANCH | Kamiah, Idaho


2014 INTERNATIONAL DESTINATION OF THE YEAR

THE BOAT COMPANY | Southeast Alaska


2014 ENDORSED FLY-FISHING OUTFITTER OF THE YEAR

UGLY BUG FLY SHOP | Casper, Wyoming


2014 ENDORSED FLY-FISHING GUIDE OF THE YEAR - WEST

PAT KANE | Missoula, Montana


2014 ENDORSED FLY-FISHING GUIDE OF THE YEAR - EAST

PATRICK FULKROD | Bristol, Virginia

2013 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD WINNER

JOHN KOWALSKI | PRO Outfitters, Ovando, Montana


2013 ENDORSED FLY-FISHING LODGE OF THE YEAR - EAST

CAMP BONAVENTURE | Bonaventure, Quebec


2013 ENDORSED FLY-FISHING LODGE OF THE YEAR - WEST

FIREHOLE RANCH | West Yellowstone, Montana


2013 ENDORSED WINGSHOOTING LODGE OF THE YEAR

PINE HILL PLANTATION | Donalsonville, Georgia


2013 ENDORSED FLY-FISHING OUTFITTER OF THE YEAR - EAST

LOPSTICK LODGE OUTFITTERS | Pittsburg, New Hampshire


2013 ENDORSED FLY-FISHING OUTFITTER OF THE YEAR - WEST

BRECKENRIDGE OUTFITTERS | Breckenridge, Colorado


2013 ENDORSED FLY-FISHING GUIDE OF THE YEAR - WEST

TIM LINEHAN | Troy, Montana


2013 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