Orvis Announces 2017 Nominees for the Orvis-Endorsed Awards

MANCHESTER, Vermont – For more than thirty years, the Orvis Company, Inc., has been recognizing excellence in providing world-class fly fishing and wingshooting experiences through its Endorsed Lodges, Outfitters and Guides program. The winners of these coveted awards will be announced during the 2017 Orvis Guide Rendezvous in Missoula, Montana, on April 28.

Here are the nominees for 2017:

2017 Freshwater Fly-Fishing Guide of the Year Nominees
Doc Thompson, based in Northern New Mexico
Rob Fightmaster, based in Maryville, Tennessee
Kip Vieth, based in Monticello, Minnesota

2017 Saltwater Fly-Fishing Guide of the Year Nominees
Capt. Jason Sullivan, based in Everglades National Park, Florida
Capt. Kechu Marin, based in Ambergris Cay, Belize
Capt. Lucas Bissett, based in Slidell, Louisiana

2017 Wingshooting Guide of the Year Nominees
Brandon Boedecker, based in Geyser, Montana
Eric Harrison, based in Boerne, Texas
Randy Matis, based in Elgin, Arizona

2017 Fly-Fishing Lodge of the Year Nominees
Big Hole Lodge in Wise River, Montana
Hawk Lake Lodge in Kenora, Ontario
Wollaston Lake Lodge in northern Saskatchewan

2017 Wingshooting Lodge of the Year Nominees
Flying B Ranch in Kamiah, Idaho
Southwind Plantation in Attapulgus, Georgia
Joshua Creek Ranch in Boerne, Texas

2017 Outfitter of the Year Nominees
Lopstick Lodge and Outfitters of Pittsburg, New Hampshire
The Tackle Shop Outfitters of Ennis, Montana
WorldCast Anglers of Jackson, Wyoming

2017 International Destination of the Year Nominees
El Pescador, Ambergris Caye, Belize
Magic Waters Patagonia Lodge, Coyhaique, Chile
Salvelinus Fishing Adventures, Pyrenees, Spain

2017 Fly Shop of the Year Nominees
Angler’s Covey, Colorado Springs, Colorado
Beaverkill Angler, Roscoe, New York
The Backpackers Shop, Sheffield Village, Ohio

For more information, please visit Orvis.com.

April 6, 2017

Jessica Donahue, Nancy Marshall Communications
on behalf of The Orvis Company, Inc.
207-620-9075; jdonahue@marshallpr.com

About the Orvis-Endorsed Awards
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 the 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.

About Orvis
Founded in 1856, Orvis believes the most meaningful experiences are created by sharing the love of nature and being inspired by its endless possibilities. Orvis pioneered the mail order industry in the United States, operates more than 80 retail stores in the U.S and the U.K. and maintains a network of more than 400 dealers worldwide as a trusted source of discovery and adventure in the natural world. Orvis promises to open the door to extraordinary outdoor experiences and to protect nature by committing 5% of pretax profits each year to conservation efforts worldwide.

Learn more at www.orvis.com.