At last year’s Orvis Guide Rendezvous in Missoula, Montana, we announced the launch of a new program designed to recognize anglers who have “gone above and beyond to bring new blood into the sport, to break down the barriers of introduction.” Fly fishing is a wonderful, enriching sport, but it should come as no surprise to discover that many folks find it difficult to get started. There are myriad barrierscost, gender, race, disability, age, and on and onthat can keep someone from becoming a fly fisher. This award will be given annually to a person who helps other overcome, or even break down, those barriers.
So keep an eye out for people who are engaging new audiences and feeding the sport. Encourage them, help them, and nominate them. Let us know what awesome work is being done to help foster growth in our industry. Kids, women, new audiencesthat’s what is going to propel the sport forward into the coming years.
Does this remind you of anyone you know?