Brown Folks Fishing Launches the Angling for All Pledge, with Orvis as the First Signee

In the spring of 2018, Tracy Nguyen-Chung founded Brown Folks Fishing (BFF), an organization dedicated to cultivating the visibility, representation, and inclusion of people of color in fishing and its industry. Orvis began forging a relationship with the organization later that year and has continued to work with them ever since. Last year, Nguyen-Chung received the 2019 Orvis Breaking Barriers Award at the Orvis Guide Rendezvous in Missoula, Montana.

Today, BFF launches the Angling for All Pledge, aimed at companies in the fishing industry. The Pledge establishes a commitment to addressing racism and inequality throughout a pledgee’s internal culture, consumer-facing behaviors, and broader community. At its core is a curriculum that provides education and resources for brands and organizations to enhance equity and diversity across staff, executive teams, athletes, ambassadors, guides, and throughout the organization’s media and marketing.

Tracy Nguyen-Chung fishes on Oregon’s Nehalem River.
Photo by Matty Wong

Orvis will be the first company to take the pledge.  

“We are honored and grateful to have such a strong partnership with Tracy and the team at Brown Folks Fishing,” says Simon Perkins, Orvis president. “Their mission to build capacity, access, resources, visibility, and a solid community for anglers of color makes the sport stronger, and we are excited to sign the pledge as an acknowledgment of our commitment to this critical work. This is an opportunity for us to explore our own blind spots and unconscious biases and an important step forward in Orvis’s history of passion and commitment to access, inclusion, and stewardship in fly fishing.”

Click here to learn more about today’s announcement.

Click here for the Angling for All Pledge page at Brown Folks Fishing.

25 thoughts on “Brown Folks Fishing Launches the Angling for All Pledge, with Orvis as the First Signee”

    1. I concur!!!!!! Now you just literally separated it!!! there’s no color in fishing!!! You just purposely added a color? Brown? Black? Green? White, off white, JUST STOP!!!!!!! Are you kidding me!!!!!

      How about Human Kind Fishing!!!
      Burning all my Orvis gear with video!
      Done with this company!

      Think BIG!! Get your head out of the sand!!!!
      Done with your products!!

  1. Excited that this is happening. It’s fantastic that or is is leading the charge to make sure inclusion and conservation work hand in hand. Looks like my next gear will definitely be from orvis.

  2. If you single out people of color with programs and organizations like this, it must make them feel like they didn’t belong to the brothers and sisters of the angle in the first place. I really don’t care what color you are, if you’re out fishing, you’re a friend of mine. I’m mostly Italian with scattered bits of other ethnicities mixed in. If I saw a group called “Italian Folks Fishing”, to be more inclusive of me, I’ld be pissed.
    But if PC groups like this ease your conscience and make you feel better, have at it.
    Come to think of it, I wonder how many folks of color are offended by this?
    Would love to hear their thoughts!

    Remember, it’s not about YOU or ME, it’s about the fish!

  3. This is a crock. All your doing is adding fuel to fire that never should have been burning in the first place.
    Your using race to sell rods

  4. I think you all missed the part that says “Angling for All”. Go visit the social accounts and catalogs of your favorite fishing brands and let me know how much diversity you see.

    I give credit to Orvis for standing up and taking heat from people like the nearsighted folks commenting here instead of sitting on their hands like many other companies are.

    1. I don’t own any fly fishing companies and I don’t have any control over how they run their business. So if you want to have brown folks fishing with brown folks then by all means separate yourselves I fly fish and have always shared the water with anyone who fishes, I don’t care what , race , religion , or equipment you use. if you fish that’s fine by me.
      Robert

  5. There is no racial bigotry in fishing we are all equally worthless. spending our hard-earned money traveling just to catch fish. Give me a break now you’re making fishing racial you need to stop. I will never buy an orvis product again can you do all my friends. Stop creating issues when there is none in fishing

  6. I’m so glad to see that this is happening! The clear stance that Orvis has taken in support of black and brown people (surely knowing that many long term customers would storm off to their white supremacist support groups) has made me a life long customer.

    If anyone is blind to the privilege implicit in a white man feeling safe, let alone having access to the resources, to spend a day idly fishing on the river, that person needs to educate themselves quickly and thoroughly. The bigots on here throwing a fit are probably the same ones who glare and make derisive comments when they see POC or women on the river. Those white men (’cause we know thats who they are) need to grow up and take some responsibility for the centuries of oppression that they benefit from daily.

    As I loyal customer, I would love to see more from orvis about how I can make the sport that I am so privileged to enjoy safe and available to everyone. I will definitely support BFF.

    1. Andy M,
      What are you talking about?
      There is nothing stopping ANYONE from picking up a fly rod or spinning rod and going fishing!
      It is not a “WHITE” sport! It’s a sport, a passion, a love for the outdoors. What is wrong with you and people like you. How dare you say you are privileged because of the color of your skin that you cant enjoy a sport that is meant for everyone? So very sad! Stop spewing hate!

    2. You called me a bigot . You don’t know a thing about me. Yet you stand there in judgement of anyone with a different option then your selfish view. Your the bigot.
      Please explain the difference between black and brown folks
      Now who’s a racist

    3. Andy M,

      White privilege. Wow! Learn to work hard. Grew up in a foster home where my next meal was never guaranteed. Worked my ass off. Life is great now. Stop making excuses and work. Everyone has the same ability to work hard and change there lives. Stop making excuses and blaming others.

  7. White privilege is BS. It’s made to separate people and divide, it’s working well. I can’t believe Orvis bought into this. I was brought up not see see someone by the color of their skin, we are all humans. Take a kid fishing and enjoy the outdoors. Btw, i don’t believe in white supremacy, go ahead and rip on me because I’m sure you know me better than myself. Peace.

  8. While this is a good thing, I prefer equality instead of equity. Equity is a Socialist movement. If you look at certain cities or universities that incorporate Diversity, Inclusiveness and Equity, it’s because they want “equality of outcome” not “equality of opportunity”. It’s basically asking for placement of people based on ethnicity instead of placement of an individual’s traits. If Orvis is an EOE, that’s the code to follow. This in my opinion, is part of Woke or PC culture. They definitely could make improvements and changes such as you never see a minority in the catalogs. I don’t even know what the corporate offices look like. But when you talk “equity” you bring in Identity Politics.

  9. For those who are choosing to ignore the issue and crank on Orvis, please provide 1-2 examples of the last time you fished with a person of color. And then provide 2-3 examples of when you have encountered people of color fly fishing like you in the past year. My guess is you have zero examples and, hence, you are ignoring the problem. And btw, Orvis didn’t create this pledge. People of color who recognize the issue and want to make a difference created it. Are you hating on them too? At the end of the day, every complaint about here smacks of hate. If you don’t think so, then go look in the mirror for a change.

  10. When all the conservation work , the fight for native fish, the planting of shrubs and trees, water rights and so on where were all the concerned brown folks then. I didnt see any of you helping. Your organization is a joke

    1. As a conservation biologist, who is a person of color, with a MSc in Marine Biology and a lifelong fisherman who has dedicated their whole life to conservation of recreational fisheries that comment is insulting and shows that you are misinformed. There’s not very many of us but we are doing amazing work in both freshwater and saltwater fisheries to make sure people like you are able to go out and continue to catch fish.

  11. I am disappointed with Orvis’s decision to inject politics and race into fly fishing. But I understand that companies today either get woke or get dead so I won’t get too exercised about this.

    Let me just say that the “brown” trout on the Bighorn weren’t concerned about the color of my skin when they took my scud patterns, nor were the Steelhead on Elk Creek when they rejected my sucker spawn.

  12. So excited to see this! Brown Folks Fishing is a great group I’ve been following on Instagram. Time for everyone to be represented. Bravo, Orvis!

  13. As a conservation biologist, who is a person of color, with a MSc in Marine Biology and a lifelong fisherman who has dedicated their whole life to conservation of recreational fisheries that comment is insulting and shows that you are misinformed. There’s not very many of us but we are doing amazing work in both freshwater and saltwater fisheries to make sure people like you are able to go out and continue to catch fish.

  14. My wife was made me very happy a few days ago when she told me she wanted to learn to fly fish, a sport that Ive been passionate about for over 20 years. I went out immediately to buy her a beginners combo, initially to my local fly shop, who is sold out of entry-level combos for the next month or so, so I then went to Orvis, specifically because of this program. Let’s face it fly fishing may not be an inherently racist pursuit, but the invitation is nice. Thank you Orvis for working towards inclusion. I look forward to untangling many casts and eventually on my wife’s new encounter and eventually watching my wife land larger trout than me (she beat me n her first 1/2 marathon too).

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