Before Lincoln was President of the United States, before Stanley found Livingstone in the heart of Africa, and before the invention of the phone, the phonograph, or the light bulb, a man named Charles F. Orvis opened a fly-fishing shop in an elegant brick and marble building on the main street of a small Vermont town.
The year was 1856.
Today, Orvis is a bit bigger, a bit more diverse, but in many ways still the same. We’re still in the same small Vermont town. We’re still on the vanguard of the fly-fishing business. And most importantly, we still thrive on quality and service. We pride ourselves on offering products that are steeped in authenticity, that appeal to the discerning customer, and are backed by the best guarantee available anywhere. The very best. Having been around a long time does something to you as a company. You witness many trends come and go. (If you plan to be around for awhile, you avoid all of them.) And you come to learn a thing or two about great customer service and what it takes to bring somebody back to you time and again.
That’s how Orvis has become the world’s most recognized name in quality fishing gear and the country’s oldest mail order business. From such humble beginnings, we’ve grown to a multi-million dollar company with 55 retail stores in the U.S. and U.K., and more than 500 dealers worldwide.