Podcast: Funny and Bizarre Stories from River Guides

This week, fresh from the Orvis Guide Rendezvous in Montana, I returned with a bunch of stories and tips I recorded in a bar with some full-time, professional Orvis-endorsed guides. Some stories are bizarre, some funny, and some touching. I also . . .

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Bristol Bay Fly Fishing and Guide Academy: The Future of Fly Fishing

Youth learn what it takes to become guides
Photo by Bristol Bay Fly Fishing and Guide Academy

By Jon Bash

The future of some of Alaska‚Äôs best salmon and trout waters is in great hands. The Bristol Bay Fly Fishing and Guide Academy has taken its annual youth program to the Kulik Lodge in the Katmai National Park. Becoming a fly fishing guide involves more than just fishing; students learn skills from fly tying to cooking shore lunches for clients….

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Meet the Winner of the 2013 Orvis-Endorsed Guide Lifetime Achievement Award


Kowalski has never tired of showing the wonders of Montana to his clients.
photo by Simon Perkins

[Editor’s Note: At the recent 2013 Orvis Guide rendezvous in Missoula, Montana, guide John Kowalski was awarded the second annual Orvis-Endorsed Guide Lifetime Achievement Award. Orvis Vice Chairman Dave Perkins offered these remarks at the event.]

Last year, we introduced a new award, the Orvis-Endorsed Guide Lifetime Achievement Award. We are honored to carry this tradition forward and once again recognize the passion, dedication, and commitment displayed by one of the most influential guides to ever don waders and chase after birds.

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