Kara Armano

My great grandmother taught me at a very young age to appreciate the outdoors and explore my surroundings. She did the same with my father, and he introduced me to fly fishing while I was young. I can’t recall exactly when I first started, but I really yearned to get on the water regularly at about age 10. Since then, I’ve fished mainly in the Rocky Mountain West on some of the most famed trout waters such as Rock Creek, the Madison, the Frying Pan and Colorado Rivers and many many small streams. Fortunately, I stumbled into making fly fishing my career about 10 years ago while working at a marketing and PR agency. I was the only one in the office who fished, so when a fly-fishing client came knocking I answered. Since then, I’ve managed the PR for several famed fly-fishing manufacturers and destinations and still do so today in a freelance capacity. Because of that, I’ve been fortunate to travel to many incredible destinations to fish like the Florida Keys, Mexico, Belize, the Dean River in British Columbia and many more incredible places. In addition to making it my day-to-day work, I also volunteer to educate and engage anglers in conservation efforts. Recently, that has been as one of the co-founders of Artemis, a sportswomen’s conservation organization hosting events, writing letters to the editor, calling elected officials, helping with advocacy trainings and much more. It’s very rewarding to see women’s eyes light up to know they can do more with their sporting heritage and to encourage and empower women to take leadership rolls around their passions.

Kayla Roys

Kayla was raised to appreciate the outdoors, whether she was out camping, hiking, hunting, or fishing. Over the last 10 years, fly fishing has morphed from simply a hobby to a passion and a profession. She has used my experience over the years to work with Alaska Fly Fishing Goods and Trout Unlimited to teach and encourage women about fly fishing.  Fishing is a way for Kayla to connect with the outdoors and leave the daily hustle of life behind for a while, and if she can help introduce that concept to another person, then she is happy. “Rain or shine, you can find me out on the water!” she says.

Kaitlin Barnhart

Fly fishing is an integral part of my life–it’s my passion, hobby, and career path. I’ve always treasured the therapeutic qualities found in rivers, and when I started fly fishing, it all connected for me. I take my kids fishing often, and I co-founded The Mayfly Project, a nonprofit that supports children in foster care via the sport of fly fishing, because I believe so strongly in the benefits of river-time for youth specifically. Many kids call me “The Fish Lady,” and I’m honored to have that title in my community.

Joanne Linehan

I began fly fishing when I met my husband Tim in New Hampshire in the mid 1980s. Our passion for fishing and hunting brought us to Montana, where we decided to make our passion our business. We started Linehan Outfitting Company in northwestern Montana and have been providing fly fishing, wingshooting, and big game hunting adventures to guests since 1992.

Jenny West

I was lucky enough to grow up in Montana’s beautiful Bitterroot Valley. As a young girl, I learned to fly fish from my father, and fly fishing has now become one of my life’s passions. I have been guiding on the Bitterroot River since 2002, and I am into my third season as an outfitter for my company, Go West Outfitters LLC. I work more than 100 days a season on the river, and I enjoy guiding people of all skill and experience levels. I teach them casting techniques, river-reading strategies, and how to match the hatch, in addition to sharing plenty of local Bitterroot River knowledge.

Jen Lofgren

Jen is the Western Regional Program Manager for Casting for Recovery, a nonprofit that provides free fly-fishing retreats for women with breast cancer. Jen grew up in Colorado and has been lucky enough to fish and explore throughout the mountain West. Prior to joining the Casting for Recovery National Staff, she worked for The Orvis Company, managing their retail store in Denver, Colorado. She is a former fly-fishing guide and instructor, and loves sharing her passion for fly fishing and the outdoors with others.

Evelyn King

Evelyn says that she loves everything about the sport of fly fishing – the bugs, tying flies, casting, reading the water, traveling to remote places to fish, catching new species of fish for my lifetime list and empowering other women to learn to fly fish.  She became a registered Maine Guide and a Certified Casting Instructor in order to have more tools to offer to both Casting for Recovery and to Maine women who want to learn to fish. Evelyn started the Maine Women Fly Fishers group in order to promote fishing in Maine and to empower other women to learn the sport.  “My goal is to give back to the sport that has given me so much pleasure,” she says, “and to teach others to appreciate the outdoors and their time spent on clean rivers and lakes.”

Diana Abbott

I started spin-cast fishing with my dad when I was about four years old at Lake Berryessa in Northern California. I converted to fly fishing when I was 15 years old at Lake Almanor, California. I’m in my fifth season of guiding in southwestern Montana for Sweetwater Travel Company. I am captivated by fly fishing because you never stop learning. I guide people who have fly fished for longer than I’ve been alive. But being able to provide that once-in-a-lifetime fly-fishing experience, having knowledge about where and what to fish in our local waters closes that gap a little.


Charity Rutter

In 2014, Charity Rutter was recognized by Field & Stream magazine as one of the top female fly-fishing guides in the nation. She and her husband, Ian, are the owners and guides at R & R Fly Fishing. Charity has spent countless hours as a volunteer with The Great Smoky Mountains National Park Fisheries, Trout Unlimited, Casting for Recovery and Trout in the Classroom.

A native Oklahoman, she moved to Townsend, Tennessee in 1998. She met her husband, Ian, and took up fly fishing a short time after. Captivated by the sport, Charity fished essentially non-stop for the first few years, and then started guiding in 2002. Charity and Ian have two children, Willow and Boone, who share in their fly-fishing adventures. In addition to guiding, Charity hosts backcountry fishing camps, as well as western fishing trips in Idaho and Yellowstone country. She’s also addicted to saltwater flats fishing, especially tarpon.

“I love to guide fly fishing in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to help introduce people to fishing in wild places for wild trout,” she says. “If I can help someone have a positive experience in the wilderness, my hope is that they too, will want to protect and preserve these places that hold such beautiful rivers and trout.”