“Each year, for thirty-four years, the Orvis Company has recognized excellence in sporting experiences through its Endorsed Lodges, Outfitters, and Guides Program (ELOG). The allocation of these awards is based on a number of criteria, the most important of which is customer feedback: the reviews from the customers who have experienced these operations are the ultimate arbiters of success. Also taken into consideration are the operation’s environmental commitment to and stewardship of their resources, and their partnership with Orvis in providing the finest sporting experience possible.
Unfortunately, due to public health concerns and travel restrictions, the 2020 Orvis Guide Rendezvous in Roanoke, VA, was canceled, and with it the much-anticipated awards ceremony. But we want to make sure that these incredible partners receive their due kudos. It is a privilege, therefore, to announce the winners here on the Orvis Fly Fishing blog. Click here to see the lists of nominees for each category.
Here are this year’s winners, along with customer comments that caught our eyes. Click on the highlighted name of the guide or the operation to learn more about each winner.
2020 Endorsed Freshwater Fly-Fishing Guide of the Year:
Josh Pfeiffer – Maryville, Tennessee
2020 Endorsed Saltwater Fly-Fishing Guide of the Year
Capt. Rene Letourneau – Pawtucket, Rhode Island
2020 Endorsed Fly-Fishing Lodge of the Year
Healing Waters Lodge – Twin Bridges, Montana
2020 Fly Shop of the Year
Bay Street Outfitters – Beaufort, South Carolina
2020 Endorsed Fly-Fishing Outfitter of the Year
Linehan Outfitting Company– Libby, Montana
2020 Endorsed Wingshooting Lodge of the Year
Prairie Wildlife – West Point, Mississippi
2020 Wingshooting Guide of the Year
B.J. Walle – Flying B Ranch, Kamiah, Idaho
2020 Lifetime Achievement Award
Steve Grossman – Double Gun Bird Hunts
To read more about the winners, you can read the rest of the Orvis announcement, here.