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 endorsed partner has its own character—and therein rests its strength—but all share the same high standards: exemplary service, outstanding fishing and wingshooting opportunities, respect for natural resources, and an experienced, professional staff.
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.
2019 Fly-Fishing Lodge of the Year:
King Salmon, Alaska
"Just spent a week with Dan, Alex, Heather and the rest of their team at Crystal Creek Lodge, and have to say it was hands-down one of the best trips I've ever been on. The fishing was incredible, and every single guide was knowledgeable, friendly, and patient with all of the anglers in our group, regardless of skill level. Chef's food, and the selection of wines pared with it, was first-rate and welcome after a long day of fishing. Lastly, the staff working the Lodge were gracious and never had anything but a smile on their faces. We are looking forward to going back soon!" -Todd P.LEARN MORE
2019 Wingshooting Lodge of the Year:
"There are so many good things about this experience. My son and I went primarily for the quail hunting which was superb. The guides were considerate, thoughtful, and knowledgeable. They handled the dogs with the greatest of skill. You could tell they loved the dogs and the dogs loved them. As a team they were perfect... The meals were on the 5-Star level with the most elegant at night. The settings and food were superb... Service was excellent and always on top of every situation. They were friendly, helpful, and professional... This experience was wonderful in all aspects." - Peggy C.LEARN MORE
2019 International Destination of the Year:
"This was the 7th year in a row that our group has visited Hawk Lake Lodge. Ted and Virginia continue to add all the little amenities each year that show their commitment to the operation of a first class lodge. Facilities, boats, menus and staff all reflect their desire to provide an excellent Ontario experience... All of this is on top of a fishing experience on the best quality catch and release waters in Ontario. Portaging to the out-lakes is our reason for going. Who wouldn't want to be the only boat on a lake in beautiful Ontario catching quality smallmouth all day long. We are already booked for next year. Keep up the great work!". - Terry K.LEARN MORE
2019 Fly-Fishing Outfitter of the Year:
"My wife and I had the pleasure of working with Anita Coulton for a day on the Upper Delaware River, and as usual the Orvis-endorsed guides continue to impress. The Upper Delaware River can be tough, and having a guide who's patient, easy-going and a good instructor is a big help in being successful. Many thanks to Anita and Cross Current Guide Service! We'll see you again soon." - Daniel H.LEARN MORE
2019 Freshwater Fly-Fishing Guide of the Year:
“Chip is the epitome of blending fly fishing knowledge and professionalism with an enthusiastic flare. He shares local history, great fishing spots, was always thinking ahead and studying local waters for what might work and what does work. His positive interaction with his client promotes lifelong memories!”LEARN MORE
2019 Wingshooting Guide of the Year:
"Southern hospitality meets the luxury of an African Safari is the best way to describe hunting with Ryan. He has great leases full of birds, and watching his dogs work their magic provided a trip full of memories! From the moment I contacted Ryan to discuss a hunt until the moment we wrapped up the hunt, I was treated with absolute professionalism. He always takes the time to explain the how and why of the way we hunted, and his ability to educate allows his clients to learn as they go. First class operation!"LEARN MORE
2019 Orvis Fly Shop of the Year:
Colorado Springs, Colorado
"I know that 5 stars is the highest, but I wish there was a 6th star... We stopped by the store a couple times and it was great to meet some of the staff and start learning about fly fishing. We had never been fly fishing before and this team made us feel special. Their attention to detail was just the right level for rookies and they knew just how to increase the training as we picked up some of the techniques. It was the highlight of our trip to Colorado Springs. We did the couples trip and it was so great.... We are already trying to figure out when we can go back for more fly fishing with the team at Angler's Covey. Highly recommend this group." - Jennifer W.LEARN MORE
2019 Orvis Lifetime Achievement Award:
Three Rivers Ranch, Warm River, Idaho
This year's honoree has deep roots in the guiding, lodge, and fly-shop industry. Lonnie Allen grew up in St. Anthony, Idaho, on the banks of the Henry's Fork. Her grandparents, Fred and Berta Lewies, homesteaded and started the Warm River Inn and Rendezvous Dance Hall in Warm River in the 1920s. Her parents, Harry and Lillian Lewies, operated the business beginning in the late 1940s, then transitioned the company to a dedicated Orvis-Endorsed Lodge in 1974. Lonnie spent the summers of her youth working at the family business learning all aspects of the profession.
In 1987, Lonnie purchased Three Rivers Ranch from her parents and became the third generation to own and operate the Ranch. Over the years, she transformed Three Rivers Ranch from a modest fishing camp into the premier lodge it is today. Her hard work, dedication, and attention to every detail might best be described as a relentless pursuit of excellence.
Her first season, she welcomed just over 20 guests. Since then the business has grown with a current capacity of 24 guests per week. The Ranch employs 30 fly-fishing guides, operates four full-service fly shops in Ashton, Island Park, Driggs, and Boise. Lonnie is licensed to fish in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Wyoming (Yellowstone N.P.), and is co-owner of her own award-winning tequila brand, Volans Tequila. In 2018, Lonnie was appointed by Idaho's Governor, Butch Otter, to represent Southeastern Idaho's Region 6 on the Idaho Travel Council, the body that oversees Idaho's $4 billion tourism industry.
Of all the hats Lonnie wears at Three Rivers Ranch, one of the most important is hostess. She has sat down to dinner with her clients almost every night for over 30 years. Lonnie truly enjoys getting to know each of her guests. Over her 33+ year career, she's hosted dinner nearly 4,000 times. Imagine how many fly-fishing stories she's heard!
Lonnie's generosity is boundless. Every year, she donates the entire ranch for a week to Idaho 2 Fly, an organization that supports men with cancer. She also donates the ranch for a full week to Higher Ground, an organization that uses recreational therapy for wounded and disabled veterans. She is an avid supporter of many great causes that support the environment and people with disabilities.
Lonnie's career in the fly-fishing industry spans over three decades. Her willingness to be innovative, take risks, build and nurture relationships, help her community, and protect and promote the preservation of resources are just a few of the reasons that we are proud to name her this year's recipient of the Orvis Lifetime Achievement Award.
2018 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD WINNER
2018 ENDORSED FLY-FISHING LODGE OF THE YEAR
2018 ENDORSED WINGSHOOTING LODGE OF THE YEAR
2018 INTERNATIONAL DESTINATION OF THE YEAR
2018 ENDORSED OUTFITTER OF THE YEAR
2018 ENDORSED WINGSHOOTING GUIDE OF THE YEAR
2018 ENDORSED FRESHWATER GUIDE OF THE YEAR
2018 ENDORSED SALTWATER GUIDE OF THE YEAR
2018 FLY SHOP OF THE YEAR
2017 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD WINNER
2017 ENDORSED FLY-FISHING LODGE OF THE YEAR
2017 ENDORSED WINGSHOOTING LODGE OF THE YEAR
2017 INTERNATIONAL DESTINATION OF THE YEAR
2017 ENDORSED OUTFITTER OF THE YEAR
2017 ENDORSED WINGSHOOTING GUIDE OF THE YEAR
2017 ENDORSED FRESHWATER GUIDE OF THE YEAR
2017 ENDORSED SALTWATER GUIDE OF THE YEAR
2017 FLY SHOP OF THE YEAR
2016 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD WINNER
2016 ENDORSED FLY-FISHING LODGE OF THE YEAR
2016 ENDORSED WINGSHOOTING LODGE OF THE YEAR
2016 INTERNATIONAL DESTINATION OF THE YEAR
2016 ENDORSED OUTFITTER OF THE YEAR
2016 ENDORSED WINGSHOOTING GUIDE OF THE YEAR
2016 ENDORSED FRESHWATER GUIDE OF THE YEAR
2016 ENDORSED SALTWATER GUIDE OF THE YEAR
2016 ORVIS AUTHORIZED DEALER OF THE YEAR
2015 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD WINNER
2015 ENDORSED FLY-FISHING LODGE OF THE YEAR
2015 ENDORSED WINGSHOOTING LODGE OF THE YEAR
2015 INTERNATIONAL DESTINATION OF THE YEAR
2015 ENDORSED FLY-FISHING OUTFITTER OF THE YEAR
2015 ENDORSED FLY-FISHING GUIDE OF THE YEAR - WEST
2015 ENDORSED FLY-FISHING GUIDE OF THE YEAR - EAST
2015 ENDORSED FLY-FISHING GUIDE SERVICE OF THE YEAR
2015 ENDORSED FLY-FISHING EXPEDITION OF THE YEAR
2014 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD WINNER
2014 ENDORSED FLY-FISHING LODGE OF THE YEAR
2014 ENDORSED WINGSHOOTING LODGE OF THE YEAR
2014 INTERNATIONAL DESTINATION OF THE YEAR
2014 ENDORSED FLY-FISHING OUTFITTER OF THE YEAR
2014 ENDORSED FLY-FISHING GUIDE OF THE YEAR - WEST
2014 ENDORSED FLY-FISHING GUIDE OF THE YEAR - EAST
2014 ENDORSED FLY-FISHING GUIDE SERVICE OF THE YEAR
2013 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD WINNER
2013 ENDORSED FLY-FISHING LODGE OF THE YEAR - EAST
2013 ENDORSED FLY-FISHING LODGE OF THE YEAR - WEST
2013 ENDORSED WINGSHOOTING LODGE OF THE YEAR
2013 ENDORSED FLY-FISHING OUTFITTER OF THE YEAR - EAST
2013 ENDORSED FLY-FISHING OUTFITTER OF THE YEAR - WEST
2013 ENDORSED FLY-FISHING GUIDE OF THE YEAR - WEST
2013 ENDORSED FLY-FISHING GUIDE SERVICE OF THE YEAR
2013 EXPEDITION OF THE YEAR
2013 INTERNATIONAL DESTINATION OF THE YEAR
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