For the past 10 years, fly fishing has been my passion, and my husband and I spent every holiday fishing all over the world. In April 2019, we decided to no longer wait for the next vacation: We sold everything back home in Switzerland and bought a 53-foot Hatteras motoryacht and moved to Belize, where we are now living our fly-fishing dream. We established a fly-fishing business and offer fly fishing trip around Placencia, Belize. Can’t be more happy; fly fishing definitely changed my life!
Fishing has been my passion for my entire life, and I recently just recently decided to made it my professional career. Fly fishing is now a part of my life, too, and a newfound sport.
I used to go years without catching a thing. Growing up, I idly wandered riverbanks in quest of steelhead in Cleveland, and quickly learned that “fishing” was more about the “I.N.G.” than the “F.I.S.H.” Nonetheless, a few special moments across the American West indeed got me truly hooked by my mid-20s. While I occasionally use trout as bait for conversation-starters on dating apps, I cling to the sport for so much more than validation. Fly fishing has always drawn me closer to nature, closer to the best version of myself, and closer to serenity of mind through deliberate and concentrated intention. I’ve always felt more connected to the world around me after even a short hour on the river. Ideally, this is what I share with my fellow anglers in any outing. I want other badass women to experience how the river can provide solace, bringing tranquility to an otherwise tumultuous world (while also mixing in some gleeful hoots and hollers as our nets fill with bounty). Ever since moving to Jackson, Wyoming–a place known for its male dominated rowdy camaraderie–the need for more women on the water has become ever apparent. Fly fishing fits into my life for this reason: to connect with one another over something authentic, in a safe space within this incredible landscape, on the planet we get to call home.
I just love the fly fishing lifestyle!
I got introduced to fly fishing slowly, just tagging along with friends, then having them teach me how to cast, and then after I caught my first–albeit, very small fish–I was hooked. I lost it for about a year after a big transition in my life, but got encouraged to get back at it from my loved ones. My spouse got me all new gear and was the most supportive human in my life. Just feeling the line and rod in my hands, I was sucked back in. It brings me complete peace and happiness, and in a world where I work as a first aider and rescuer, those are hard to find.
Fly fishing was the kind if hobby I always wanted, but never knew I needed. Fiver years ago, after graduating college and between seasonal jobs, I needed something to get me outside and allow me to continuously learn. Growing up, I watched my dad teach himself the basics of fly fishing during our camping trips, but never really thought much of it. Years later, I decided fly fishing suited everything I was looking for: it was a water sport, I could learn and do it on my own, and I could afford it on my fresh-out-of-college income. I picked up a hand-me-down rod, asked endless questions, and attend every fishing event I could. The first year, I went out on water alone with zero experience, had a blast every time, and never looked back. Now I am a guide at a ranch in Colorado and pursuing a full time career in fly fishing! Fishing consumes all of my thoughts and all of my funds. I would love to catch as many species and fish as many places as possible. I was looking for a hobby and ended up finding my passion, career, and lifestyle!
Hello! I’m Clairey and I’m a fly fishing addict. I was born and raised in Spartanburg, South Carolina, and moved to Jackson, Wyoming, in the winter of 1994 at the young age of 19. As a life-long conventional angler I was a bit stubborn about picking up a fly rod. It wasn’t until the spring of 2009–a few months after I met my now husband–that I finally gave in and began fly-fishing full time. A couple years later, I was headed on an all-girls fishing trip with some friends from social media. It was then that I discovered a lot about myself and angling as a whole. After that I began working with my friend, Heather Hodson, with United Women on the Fly. I was inspired by the unique bond and connection I saw female anglers sharing and decided to create a group close to home with full support from my husband and a two close fishing brothers. Shortly after, Christy Carlson and I founded Lady Anglers of WyDaho. I work part time at Orvis of Jackson Hole and am a board member for a local non-profit, Stripping for a Cure. I’m a regional fly sister for United Women on the Fly, a social-media liaison for the group, and run Lady Anglers of Wydaho’s social media too.
My dad started teaching me to fly fish when I was about six years old. We would go to the local hardware store in Conifer, Colorado, where he’d buy us flies and I’d get a candy bar (my original motivation for going fishing). Fly fishing has become a deep passion of mine, one that my dad and I have bonded over and that my husband and I now bond over. It’s my favorite way to get out into the wilderness, to relax, and just let the world fade away.
I was born in Missoula, Montana, and graduated from the University of Montana. Throughout my childhood, I splashed in the Clark Fork and its small tributaries and spent most summers fishing, camping, and riding horses with her family along the Jocko River just north of Missoula. After serving in the Air Force, I returned to Montana and pursued a career as a guide. In my off time you’ll find me traveling around the state with a fly rod in hand. I enjoy helping women in the pursuit of fly fishing and donate time to Mending Waters of Montana, a veterans group based in Helena.
I found fly fishing one year ago! I have fished spinning rods for years, but fly fishing is all I want to do now. I have a great crew of friends I fish with, and we take adventures all over Pennsylvania. I have a beautiful daughter and awesome husband who fish with me, and we love to spend time together on the water. I work a lot and try to make time once a week for me to clear my mind and find some water. I can’t wait for my next adventure!