When Sara was a young girl, she was introduced to fishing by her grandmothers, around the age of 6 or so. It was a special activity that she shared with both of them–one lived in Montana and one in Alabama–so she got a taste for different types and environments for fishing at a young age. Then when visits to see grandma started to give way to college and jobs, Sara found herself fishing less and less. After her grandmothers passed away, she reminisced about all the fishing they had done together and decided it was time to create more fishing memories on her own. So she picked up fly fishing at the ripe old age of 31 and hasn’t stopped practicing casting yet.
Malorie grew up in the woods, and was already equipped with a big love of hiking, camping, and nature, in general. A good friend introduced her to fly fishing about six years ago, and it just naturally wriggled into her already outdoorsy lifestyle. That natural integration turned into the healthiest obsession. She has learned so much, and continues to learn–whether it be about fishing or about herself–every time she steps into a river. She’s so lucky to live in Nova Scotia, which is a fly angler’s paradise and a playground for the outdoor enthusiast!
Emily started fly fishing at the tender age of 13. Her passion for the sport only grew in intensity as she grew into an adult and finally, at 35 years old, she decided to turn the passion into a profession. She moved to Taos, New Mexico, where she became a guide and the shop manager for the Taos Fly Shop.
Becca K. Powell is no stranger to the outdoors, having spent the summers of her youth in the mountains of North Georgia and hiking the Appalachian Trail; her college years in Boone, North Carolina, camping, hiking, skiing, fishing and rock climbing; and more than a decade working within the Waterkeeper movement.
As development director for the nonprofit Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, Becca works to bring awareness to the river that serves more than 5 million Georgians and sustains one of the South’s most thriving trout fisheries. When she’s not working, she can be found with a fly rod in hand. Some of Becca’s favorite moments are spent traveling with her husband, Justin, to Belize for bonefish, the Pacific Northwest in search of steelhead, or the Florida Keys, where she’s still dreaming of landing a tarpon on the fly.
Becca’s passion is the environment, and it shows not only through her career, but also her volunteer work. She is a proud member of the Georgia Women Fly Fishers, Fly Fishers International, Upper Chattahoochee Chapter of Trout Unlimited, and a volunteer for Casting for Recovery. Becca is also an associate editor for DUN Magazine and was featured as the Summer 2018 cover story. Becca is proud to be a part of the Orvis family, assisting with the #5050onthewater initiative in the Atlanta market. To follow Becca’s adventures both on the river and in the environmental movement, check her out on Instagram.
Emerald LaFortune is an Idaho guide and angler. She loves sharing Idaho’s wild places and wild fish with people from all over the world! Fishing is also one of her favorite ways to relax and spend time alone or with close friends. Alongside her work supporting Idaho guides as Director of the Redside Foundation, she also enjoys introducing women to fly fishing and writing about the intersection of outdoor sports and feminism. You can learn more about Emerald on her website The Emerald Lens or on Instagram at Emerald Lens Media.
Fly fishing came into Heidi’s life when she really needed time alone to clear her head and clock out of everyday life. Since that day, she has fished pretty much once a week, and it truly is a therapy for her for so many reasons, including exercise and meditation. Every time she fishes, it’s a new experience with a new code to crack or a puzzle to complete. It’s humbling, rejuvenating, exciting, and a passion. It’s something that follows her into her dreams at night and motivates her to work hard so she can play hard. The only thing Heidi regrets in life is that she didn’t discover fly fishing sooner. She enjoys sharing many aspects of it with others, as well.
Katie grew up spin-fishing the warm rivers of western Pennsylvania every chance she could get, but when she had the opportunity to come to Colorado to chase trout, fly fishing was the obvious next step. Now, she’s found her passion, venturing deep into the backcountry in search of elusive fish and solitude. Fly fishing provides her with adventure as well as peace, and it has also introduced her to some of her closest friends through summer guiding. When she can’t be on the water,she tries to stay in the angling mindset by running Fish Untamed, a website dedicated to backcountry fly fishing.
Tina fishes extensively and has been a fly-fishing educator for more than two decades. She organizes the Wisconsin Women’s Fly Fishing Clinics, a “For Women, By Women” series of clinics in the heart of the Driftless Area. These very popular clinics offer many skill-building opportunities from beginners to Women’s on the Water – Intermediate (Wowsc-i) to a Riverbuddy mentorship-training program specifically to teach women how to mentor others on the water. She also pioneered an intensive high school program, Project Green Teen (PGT), for at-risk teens at Shabazz High School in Madison, Wisconsin. Tina is the Equity and Diversity & Youth Education coordinator for Southern Wisconsin Trout Unlimited, and the winner of multiple awards–including the Joan and Lee Wulff Conservation Award and Field and Stream’s Hero of Conservation. Tina owns shenanigansflyfishing.com and works with all genders and ages while specializing in opportunities for women.
Linda Leary loves fishing and sharing it with others! She started FisheWear as a way to create fun, functional, and fashionable clothing for women to enjoy the outdoors. She says that she wanted to help women build confidence and enjoy being in the outdoors and learn to love fishing! The company also offers guided trips and instruction for women to get out with friends and fish and, most of all, have fun.
Sophie has been a river person most of her life, a filmmaker for about four years, and fishing is new to her. In 2016, she was awarded the Orvis-supported Women in Fly Fishing Film Grant and got to shoot and edit a short film, called “Old Friends, New Fish,” about three moms driving a minivan around Montana to fly-fish. A couple years later, she teamed up with her friend, Emerald, to shoot and edit “Sh*t Fly Fishing Gals Say”. Those projects helped grow her knowledge of fishing in general, but also in terms of actual participation. She says, “I’m a complete noob. Until my angling skills improve, I’m super happy to row all day (actually) and promise to bring snacks.”