Fly fishing is my favorite hobby. It’s the perfect way for me to relax, have fun, and be in tune with nature. There are so many aspects of fly fishing I enjoy, from fly tying, to researching species, to learning about how different ecosystems work.
I’m a mom who grew up fishing in my home state of Ohio. I fished conventionally from about the age of 8 until I was 13 or 14, when I discovered more year-round hobbies and took a break from fishing. I recently re-discovered fishing through my daughter, Ella. She is a very outdoorsy explorer type, and she wanted to learn how to fish. I joined her by taking a couple of courses through Orvis, and now my passion has been reignited. Fly fishing provides a relaxing time for us to bond, and although I’m very new to the sport, I can see myself enjoying it for the rest of my life. It brings me so much joy, peace, and a way to connect with both my daughter and with nature. I love fly fishing so much!
Fly fishing is part of my life, every single day–working in a great fly shop, teaching women about fly fishing, and being part of a great group that fights for our waters. I try to get out on the water almost every day, and I love sharing this world with others and helping educate them on our fisheries and how to preserve them.
I really started getting into angling after working a season at a remote salmon charter resort in British Columbia. When I moved back home to Alberta, I was introduced to fly fishing by my then boyfriend, now husband. We both love backcountry camping and fishing, so it was such an amazing way to observe and interact with nature.
Time on the water has slowed me down from life’s necessities ever since I was a kid. It has been a passion that started as a child growing up in Colorado watching my father and brother catch rainbows and cutthroats. When I moved to Missoula for school, fly-fishing became my church, my space to reflect and gather myself during the transitional seasons of life. Since then I have found myself holding sockeyes in the Kenai, rainbows in the North Cascades, cutthroats in the Lochsa, and still each time I get a fish on, my heart skips a beat–elated, blessed and empowered. As an adult, I treasure the long weekends that my dad, brother, and I can find ourselves again, together, walking the streams that flow though the Rocky Mountain West.
Profession, passion, hobby, and stress reliever. Fly fishing is all of that and an Arnold Palmer. I’ve been involved in fly fishing for about 25 years, having grown up camping, canoeing, and spending time outdoors. I became interested in the sport when my husband and I took a friend fishing. When I saw him making those beautiful casts, I wanted to do that, too.
Soon after I began teaching others how to cast. I have had some great mentors help me in this learning/teaching process. I am the first woman in Illinois to become a Certified Casting Instructor through Fly Fishers International (FFI).
In 2009, I joined the crew of the Wisconsin Women’s Fly Fishing Clinics to teach women to fly fish. My friends will tell you that teaching people to cast and fish is my passion, it’s what I do. I get to do it now in my job as well. I am the Fishing Manager for the Orvis Company store in Madison, Wisconsin. I’m one of a small handful of women in this role at Orvis. Through the Fly Fishing 101 program, I get to introduce more and more people to fly fishing . I’m passionate about supporting the 50/50 on the Water program and helping women to feel more comfortable to get out and enjoy the sport that we love.
I started fly fishing a few years back when my boyfriend decided he’d rather teach me to join him than him inevitably leave me every weekend to fish. I love adventure, hiking, playing sports, and being active, so I figured it would be a great fit. I fell in love with the sport as my newfound hobby and easy excuse to get out into nature. The beautiful scenery and the challenge and triumph after landing the big guys is what keeps me going back.
Last year, I was introduced into the amazing sport of fly fishing and fell absolutely in love! Fly fishing has now become my favorite passion, and is my release from all other things in life. I try to get out on the water as much as I can, and am looking forward to the adventures fly fishing will take me on in the future!
I am four years old and have been fishing since I was six months old, being carried around by my dad. Fly fishing is my passion. I hope to be doing it forever!
My life mixed with fly fishing about two years ago, and I instantly fell in love. I work full time, am married, and have three kiddos. When I am out on the river, all of the stress of life flows away, and I am left with peace, my rod and reel, and if I am lucky, a fish on the end of my line.