Dating orvis bamboo fly rods
We exchanged contacts, stayed in touch and 5 months later he offered me a job at Orvis designing rods and reels. Since then I have taken over responsibility for managing the Rod & Tackle Product Development team and I get to still develop fly rods.
Trouts: Moving on, let’s talk about a topic you surely discuss all the time with customers, vendors, etc.
I can't think of the last time we had a customer in the shop who was in the market for a high end fly rod that wasn't considering a Helios 2.
Additionally, every one of our guides uses Orvis Rods and Reels on our guide trips and puts them through a ton of abuse. One of the main drivers behind this momentum shift is Shawn Combs.
Trouts: Tell us a little bit about yourself, how you came into your current position with Orvis, and what you do for the company?
SC: I grew up in Kentucky where I started fly fishing at 11.
Since then we have been focused on building a team that share these same goals and are passionate anglers.
I also felt that the mid price rod category needed a unique story.
My dad owned a hunting/ fishing store and I spent most of my teenage years working retail.
I got my Masters in Mechanical engineering in 2001 and went to work in the Oil /Gas industry out of college.
We’ll call it the “facelift” that Orvis has undergone in the past few years.
The mentality of Orvis being for old men in tweed, along with perhaps questionable quality, seems to be long gone.