“Each year, for thirty-three years, the Orvis Company has recognized excellence in sporting experiences through its Endorsed Lodges, Outfitters, and Guides Program (ELOG). These awards are 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.
The winners of this year’s awards were announced at a ceremony on Friday night, April 26th, during the 2019 Orvis Guide Rendezvous in Missoula, Montana. Click here to see the lists of nominees for each category.
Here are this year’s winners, along with one of the customer comments that caught the judges’ eyes:
2019 Endorsed Freshwater Fly-Fishing Guide of the Year:
Chip Swanson—Breckenridge Outfitters, in Breckenridge, Colorado
2019 Endorsed Saltwater Fly-Fishing Guide of the Year
Capt. Duane Baker, based in Tavernier, Florida
2019 Endorsed Fly-Fishing Lodge of the Year
Crystal Creek Lodge, in King Salmon, Alaska
2019 Endorsed Fly-Fishing Outfitter of the Year
Cross Currents Guide Service, in Starlight, Pennsylvania
2019 Fly Shop of the Year
Angler’s Covey, in Colorado Springs, Colorado
2019 International Destination of the Year
Hawk Lake Lodge, in Kenora, Ontario
To read more about the winners, you can read the rest of the Orvis announcement, here.