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The excitement for San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize this month is word that a local sports fisherman and fishing lodge have been nominated for the 2017 Orvis Endorsed Awards for excellence in the fly fishing industry around the world.

Local sports fisherman and tour guide Carlos ‘Kechu’ Marin has been nominated for 2017 Saltwater Fly-Fishing Guide of the Year and El Pescador has been nominated for 2017 International Destination of the Year! How cool is that; we are all excited!?

Orvis is a retail and mail-order business specializing in high-end fly fishing, hunting and sporting goods which has been recognized as a leader in the industry. For more than 30 years, the Orvis Company has been recognizing excellence in sporting experiences through its Endorsed Lodges, Outfitters, and Guides program. The winners of this year’s coveted awards will be announced at a ceremony during the 2017 Orvis Guide Rendezvous in Missoula, Montana, on April 28.

El Pescador, Ambergris Caye, Belize

“Having Capt. Kechu and El Pescador be nominated for salt water guide and international destination of the year respectively by Orvis Fly Fishing is a huge honor,” commented Ali Gentry Flota of El Pescador. “This nomination is only possible because of the love and commitment to their work that the staff and guides bring every single day. I am so grateful to work with such an amazing team of very wonderful people - my family.”

Congratulations to Carlos Kechu and El Pescador for their well-deserved nomination and we wish them the very best at the awards ceremony in April. Visit the Orvis webpage for a look at all their nominees for this year.

2017 Saltwater Fly-Fishing Guide of the Year Nominees:

    Capt. Jason Sullivan, based in Everglades National Park, Florida
    Capt. Kechu Marin , based in Ambergris Cay, Belize
    Capt. Lucas Bissett , based in Slidell, Louisiana

2017 International Destination of the Year Nominees:

    El Pescador, Ambergris Caye, Belize
    Magic Waters Patagonia Lodge, Coyhaique, Chile
    Salvelinus Fishing Adventures, Pyrenees, Spain

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