Orvis Guide Rendezvous 2015

By May 11, 2015 No Comments

IMG_1770 OGR15[/caption] Another great Orvis Guide Rendezvous (OGR15) is in the books. We had ten of our guides attend this year and represented Falcon’s Ledge well. The OGR is always a great event but this year was a little different. Orvis always had a lot guides make their way to Missoula but this year there were close to 500 guides which is the most ever to attend the rendezvous.IMG_1790 It’s always good to see the Orvis guys and gals. They put a lot of work in organizing this event for all of us guides, lodges and outfitters. The first day of OGR15 was a day of workshops. We learned about the new Orvis products and even got to see Shawn Combs break a fly rod. The one great thing about getting all guides together in one area was the ability to network with different operations. We saw some old friend and got to meet new guides and lodge owners who were in attendance for the first time. IMG_1851 Aside from the workshops and different learning opportunities the one thing the guides look forward to is the guide olympics organized by Hutch Hutchinson. The guide olympics consists of a few different events: -Rod rigging -Casting accuracy -Boat bag toss Bryan Eldredge qualified for the finals in the boat bag toss. This was the closest finals we’ve ever seen in this event. Bryan came in a close close second place. IMG_1862 Jake Ricks and Tim Jenkins both made it to the finals in the rod rigging category. Jake came in first place with Tim Jenkins coming in a close second place. All in all it was good showing by our guides at this years rendezvous. After the guide olympics we were treated to the much anticipated Down the Hatch film festival. We saw a lot of fun and entertaining films from filmmakers from all over the world. Hank Patterson didn’t disappoint either. He’s always entertaining. IMG_1882 Some of us decided to stay after for a couple days to fish. Our first stop was the Missouri river. We’ve tried to fish it in the past but the weather kept us from making our way to Craig. This year we decided that no matter what the weather does we were going to fish the Missouri. We made it even though it snowed and the roads weren’t great. [caption id="attachment_3986" align="aligncenter" width="640"]Photo Apr 26 Bryan Eldredge with a nice bow on the Mo[/caption]         [caption id="attachment_3987" align="alignright" width="300"]Photo Apr 26 copy John Rock with a nice brown on the Mo[/caption] The Missouri didn’t disappoint. We were able to find a few fish during the blizzard with some midges and baetis. Most of the fish we caught were rainbows but John and Jeff managed to catch a couple browns. The fish were healthy and fought hard. The next river was the Madison below Ennis lake. This is a river we used to fish when the guide rendezvous was held in Bozeman. It didn’t take us long to get into fish. We even managed a couple double hookups. The fish in this stretch aren’t big but there are a lot of fish. This time of year is fun because we don’t usually get to fish with one another because of the busy guide season. It’s a time we can have fun and just fish for a couple of days. [caption id="attachment_3978" align="alignleft" width="640"]IMG_1872 Tim Jenkins and Jake Ricks finish first and second place in the rod rigging event[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3976" align="aligncenter" width="640"]IMG_1854 Bryan Eldredge(center) takes second place in the bag toss[/caption] We can’t wait for OGR16!!!!]]>