The last few weeks have been a whirlwind. Fishing, guiding, traveling, working. It's just plain been busy. I'm looking forward to some shop time over the next couple of weeks and getting ready for the season.
This week, Orvis held their annual Guide Rendezvous in Casper, WY. Many of the endorsed operations from the west get together once a year to network, go over marketing strategies, look at new products, and generally just try to get sense of where we all are and how we can all improve.
The Orvis Endorsed program (ELOG) has been around for nearly 30 years and consists of a variety of sporting life related businesses, but primarily, guides, lodges and outfitters. It's not the easiest thing to get involved with as they are pretty particular of who they choose to endorse. We've been an Orvis Endorsed Outfitter going on on 7 years now and are the exclusive endorsed operation in the Gallatin Valley. It's been a real win-win for Fins & Feathers and Orvis over the years and we've all liked the program.
So, it is with a whole lot of humility and gratitude that I get to announce that we were given the honor of being named the Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing Outiftter of 2010 at this week's rendezvous. This award is based on feedback through surveys, letters, and "buzz" that Orvis receives directly from our customers. There are a lot of great operations out there in the Orvis network and we are all very proud to be given the distinct recognition as being the best of the best at what we do.
Everyone at the shop and on our guide staff is always looking to improve at what we do and how we service our customers. I speak for everyone at Fins & Feathers in expressing gratitude to everyone involved from our customers on up through the ranks at Orvis for this fantastic recognition!
We couldn't have done it without everyone on the team so I just want to thank all the guys, including Chris Jones, Rick Weisend, Ben Jantzen, Charlie Napoli, John Geer, Steven Rendle, and Paul Neuman! Thanks guys! Also, thanks to everyone at Orvis especially Jim LePage, Dave Perkins, Tom Evenson, Mike Clough and Doug Best for the appreciation of our efforts.