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2014 Orvis Guide Rendezvous

By April 13, 2014 No Comments

The 2014 Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Rendezvousimage-3 Every year the Falcon’s Ledge fly fishing guides get ready for the upcoming season by attending the annual Orvis guide rendezvous. This year the rendezvous was held in the heart of fly fishing country, Missoula, MT. Garrett, Spencer, Derek and Eric left a day early to fish the Beaverhead on the way up. It has become a tradition to fish the Beaverhead on the way up and back from Missoula. The fishing was fantastic as usual. We began seeing sporadic rises and then the clouds came over and the snow began to fall. The BWO’s began hatching and the fish went nuts. Spencer and Garret stayed down low from the parking lot and Derek and Eric headed upstream.  Despite the nasty weather we  all caught plenty of fish in a short amount of time. Next stop, Missoula!!!!

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The first day of meetings started off with a greeting from Tom Evenson, Pro and endorsed services manager and Dave Perkins, Executive Vice Chairman of the Orvis Co. It always nice to hear how the company is doing and where they are going. Some of the other topics included new products, how to use social media to help your business and how to network with other guides. All topics were very well thought out and were in depth to help us become better at what we do. During the new product segment, Shaun Combs and crew tried to break the new glass rod. It was unsuccessful, the thing was unbreakable. Then they put a 9wt up on the machine and it took a ton of pressure to finally break it. It’s always fun to see a rod snap and how much it actually takes to do it. After a long day of workshops it was time for the Orvis hosted banquet. Prime rib and chocolate cake, what could be better!!! The keynote speakers were Tom Bie and Tim Linehan. Tom Bie is the founder of The Drake Magazine. He spoke about the future of fly fishing and where he thinks it should go. After a few funny stories and some great experiences he basically said that fly fishing should be fun. Tim Linehan was the 2013 Orvis Endorsed Guide of the Year. Tim is an excellent speaker and is very enthusiastic about guiding. His sense of humor kept a good vibe in the room. One thing he said that was very good and stuck with us was that when you guide you should “forget about yourself.” “Do everything you can to make sure your client has the trip of a lifetime.”  Very good advice. Kudos to Orvis for bringing in two great speakers this year. The next day was filled with more meetings. One great thing about Orvis is their dedication to conservation. They have donated $120k to the pebble mine. Another great cause Orvis is backing is the 1000 mile river campaign. Here’s the video with Simon Perkins and fisheries biologists discussing the campaign. We then met at Caras Park for the guide olympics. This rounded out the day of workshops. Our very own Bryan Eldredge was a finalist in the boat bag toss. They had to toss the safety bag into a Yeti cooler. Bryan was so close on a couple of throws but was beat out by another guide.

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The fly tying contest was next and several of our guides participated. Tim Johnson took first place and Grant Bench came in second place. Great job guys!!!!

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Next up was the “Down the Hatch” film festival. Hank Patterson started things off with a few jokes and his ever so clever advise on guiding. The film festival consisted of several films focused on the adventures surrounding fly fishing. Everyone was having a great time and there were tons of prizes given away. We all had our fingers crossed one of us would win the Watermaster boat. No dice. This was one of the best guide rendezvous Orvis has put together. We all learned a lot and came away feeling like we could be better guides. Thank you Orvis for putting on such a great event. We can’t wait for next year.  ]]>

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