Orvis, the family-owned and -operated outdoor retailer that specializes in fly-fishing and wingshooting gear, dog products, and active lifestyle apparel, has recognized Belizean guide Lincoln Westby and El Pescador Lodge as the Lifetime Achievement Award winner and International Destination of the Year, respectively, in a year where anglers everywhere return to travel. Both awards were recently delivered during the annual Orvis Guide Rendezvous, which took place in Missoula, Montana.
Every year, the Orvis-Endorsed Awards recognize the best of the brand’s endorsed partners and designate the Fly-Fishing Lodge of the Year, Wingshooting Lodge of the Year, International Destination of the Year, Fly-Fishing Outfitter of the Year, Fly-Fishing Guide of the Year, Fly Shop of the Year, and Lifetime Achievement recipient. The Orvis-Endorsed winners are selected based on customer feedback of the nominated lodges, guides, and outfitters, as well as the operations’ commitment to stewardship of natural resources. The awards are announced annually at the Orvis Guide Rendezvous.
This year, Orvis awarded its 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award to Lincoln Westby, in recognition of Westby’s commitment to conserving the habitat in Belize and sharing his passion to teach the top guides in the country. Westby is considered the “permit master” with over 2,000 permit to hand and has gained legendary status in the world of fly-fishing. Since the beginning of his career in 1971, Westby has retained his passion for fishing and shared it with others by not only training new guides but also leading seminars and lectures.
Renowned Belizean Guide and Lodge Recognized With 2022 Orvis-Endorsed Awards
“Lincoln was born on the water, and it has since become the focal point of his life,” says Orvis Endorsed Operations Manager Tom Evenson. “His passion is contagious, it’s obvious to all guests when they walk through the door that they will have their very best experience out on the water with Lincoln, whether it’s their first or 400th time.”
Belize is also home to the International Destination of the Year recipient, El Pescador Lodge. Located on Ambergris Caye, El Pescador Lodge was founded in the early 1970s and today offers all-inclusive vacations and fishing trips for anglers, eco adventurers, couples, and families.
The 2022 Orvis-Endorsed Award Winners:
Fly-Fishing Lodge of the Year – Alaska Sportsman’s Lodge, Alaska
Wingshooting Lodge of the Year – Greystone Castle Sporting Club, Texas
International Destination of the Year – El Pescador Lodge, Belize
Fly-Fishing Outfitter of the Year – Willowfly Anglers, Colorado
Fly-Fishing Guide of the Year – Bryan Donoway, Maryland
Wingshooting Guide of the Year – Dave Brown, Saskatchewan
Fly Shop of the Year – Northwest Outfitters, Idaho
Lifetime Achievement – Lincoln Westby (Blue Horizon Lodge), Belize
You can learn more about the winners and their operations, here!