Charles F. Orvis 1856
Charles F. Orvis founds The Orvis Company in Manchester, Vermont, USA.
Ventilated Fly Wheel
Charles F. Orvis invents the first ventilated narrow-spool fly wheel to be mounted upright—a prototype for modern fly wheels.
Wes Jordan, Legendary Rod Maker
Wesley Jordan, legendary rod builder, takes over Orvis rod production.
Leigh H. Perkins, owner of The Orvis Company
Leigh H. Perkins buys The Orvis Company. Annual sales are $500,000.
CFO Reel
Orvis team develops the first modern exposed-rim, skeleton frame, super light fly reel—the CFO®.

Orvis acquires Dermot Wilson's UK mail-order fly-fishing business, based at Nether Wallop Mill, and selected fishing beats on the Rivers Test and Itchen.

125th company anniversary celebrated with limited edition commemorative C. F. Orvis "125" Bamboo Rod.

Stockbridge Store
Orvis opens 1st UK Retail Store in Stockbridge.
Battenkill Reel
Introduction of Disc Drag Battenkill Reel Range... the World's best selling trout reel.
400 Dealers

Orvis signs on 400th dealer worldwide.

Opening of flagship store in London.

Perk Perkins
Leigh H. Perkins names son Perk Perkins, the President and CEO of The Orvis Company, Inc.
Harrogate Store
Autumn sees the opening of the Harrogate store.
Exeter Store

Orvis opens in Exeter, our 4th UK store.

First Stockbridge Town Hall Sale.


Spring sees launch of the first generation of the legendary Orvis Trident Rod Series, the first rod ever to employ vibration damping technology.

Orvis outgrows premises at Nether Wallop Mill and the business moves to Vermont House, Andover, Hampshire.

Launch of web site.

Opening of Farnham and Bath stores.

Orvis Street Outlet
Opening of Street Outlet store.
Burford and Norwich store openings
Opening of Ludlow, Chichester, Edinburgh, and Tenterden stores.
Tenterden store
Opening of the Burford and Norwich stores.
Tarporley Store

Opening of Tarporley, Corbridge, and Amersham stores.

Opening of Spalding Outlet store.

Zero Gravity Rods

Opening of the Banchory store.

Launch of Zero G Fly Fishing Rods, the most technologically-advanced, powerful, and responsive fly rod ever built.

150 US Anniversary: 25th UK Anniversary

US 150th anniversary and UK 25th anniversary.

Mail order business continues to grow in men's, women's, gifts, fishing, and shooting collections.

Launch of the Western2 Fly Fishing Rods, a rod designed with the help of UK reservoir fly fishing experts.

Launch of, a resource area where UK fly fishing experts give their advice.

Launch of, an online search tool that enables you to find fly fishing rods that match UK fish species.

Opening of Bakewell store.

Opening of Westerham store.