Lindy Reese

I grew up fishing for redfish on the Texas Gulf coast with my dad and brothers. Back then, I was just trying to keep up with the boys, and now they can’t keep up with me! When I moved to the mountains after college, I picked up fly fishing and spent all my free time on the river or backpacking up to high lakes. Fly tying quickly followed as a nightly routine over a cup of tea. I loved the artistry and precision of it all. Just like fishing, tying created moments of absolute focus on beauty that brought me peace. Fishing has always been about perspective and finding my place in the family of things.

Fly fishing has become a personal passion that I love to share with others. I volunteer with a local non-profit to teach casting clinics for middle-school girls in order to help them build confidence and get outside. I have taught lots of the little boys in town to tie their first fly. (Blood Midges and San Juan Worms come in handy for unsure hands.) And when I am not guiding commercially, I love taking friends and family out into the backcountry.

Phoebe Komlos

I am a six-year-old girl who enjoys spending time with my dad fly fishing. This is a great way for me to learn about fish, bugs, and wildlife that lives around the streams, even snakes.

Courtney Allenson

I grew up fishing small mountain streams with my dad. We’d pack a lunch and spend every Sunday afternoon exploring water, picking wild black caps, and just being outdoors. But I had never tried fly fishing.

As a mother, I take my two children fishing as often as possible. But fishing with two little kids is a lot of work! You don’t have much time to toss a line in for yourself.

Finally this past year and a half, with my children now young teenagers, I’ve found the time and made the commitment to fish for myself, too. I seek the experience of local guides both at home and when I travel for work, slowly fly-fishing my way around New England. It’s been quite the learning process because I’ve had all of my casting instruction on the water, while actually fishing.

What I have found is this: I love fly fishing. I love being outdoors. The time spent with my family as a small child in nature has deeply informed who I am. I’ve found that this male-dominated sport holds its arms wide open to women. I’ve found that I can be a mother and a wife but also an individual. I’ve found peace and excitement on the water. I’ve made lifelong friends. I’ve found ME.

Cori Brago

I didn’t grow up fishing, and it wasn’t until a work trip to Wyoming a few years ago that I even tried fly fishing. I was hooked. Even though I dreamed of fishing more, a mom of two boys has little time to dedicate to new hobbies.

Three years later, after one of those life-altering game changers I walked back into the water to find myself again. I haven’t looked back since. I’ve been hunting trout in Vermont and Montana, have become a mentor for the MayflyProject, and have been accepted into guide school. When I’m not fishing, I spend my days working, cooking for people I love, and teaching my boys how to live an experience driven life.

Constance Mahoney

I started fly fishing over ten years ago when I first met my husband. He grew up doing it and wanted to share it with me. His passion helped fuel mine, and now we manage a shared ranch in Colorado that is prominently used for fly fishing. We have a four-year-old daughter now, and she loves all things outdoors. Her favorite things include fishing for rainbows (her favorite), going on adventures, and going with me to photograph wildlife. Fishing has become a big part of my life, and I love that I get to help foster the appreciation to the next generation. Fishing itself is one my my favorite things to do, but I also love to photograph it. Which means it was really hard to find photos of me fishing. Ha!

Chris Hill

Chris Hill has a deep desire for social justice and a passion for the outdoors. She has been an avid adventurer since she was young, engaging in backpacking, climbing, and snowboarding adventures all around the world. Chris’s passion for fly fishing started with her first lesson on the Brooks River in Katmai National Park, Alaska. Her passion has since taken her all over to fish–from the remote rivers of Alaska to the tropical waters of Belize to the small streams in Shenandoah National Park. Currently, she serves as Sierra Club’s Associate Campaign Director for the Lands, Water, Wildlife Campaign. This campaign works to advance a more just, equitable and healthy world for all – one in which all people have access to clean air, clean water, and shared green spaces and nature.

Caitie Jones

I am a mother of two energetic boys, ages 2 and 4. Lately, most of my fly fishing is done with my family. On these outings, my casts are very limited and the stress level is a bit high, compared to the usual peacefulness one finds when out on the water. Yet, when a connection is made, and a fish is reeled in, the level of excitement surpasses any kind I have ever experienced fishing with any one else. My husband loves fly fishing, too. Sometimes, we take turns. One stays with the kids, while the other goes out to fish. On occasion, when the stars (a.k.a. Grandparents) align, just the two of us get out on the water together. I truly enjoy this time. For me, fly fishing is a passion… some might say an addiction. The conditions are rarely perfect when I get the chance to go. I go anyway, and it is always awesome. I was fortunate to have parents that showed me the value of outdoor adventure. Now, I am enjoying passing that gift along to my children.

Dori Weldon

From the time I was five years old, I grew up fishing every day after school in my backyard in Alabama with my dad. Fishing was in my blood. My dad is an avid fly fisherman, and has been fly fishing since the 80’s, so he is an excellent instructor. My husband and I have been married about six years, and he also grew up fishing. Since we have been married, we have been fortunate to take many fishing trips with my dad. From Montana to Northern California to the Blue Ridge Mountains in Georgia, each place carries its own beauty and shared memories among the three of us. We love to catch fish, but it’s mostly about being out in the beauty and quiet of nature with special people while making memories that will last forever.

Diana Pek

Born and raised in central New Jersey, I have always been an outdoorsy kind of person–enjoying everything from hiking, to running 5ks, to taking photographs, to fly fishing. Two years ago, I moved to the beautiful Catskills of New York, and now get to fish every single day. Half my day I wear scrubs, and the other half I wear waders.

Deighan Cherry

I fly fish with my dad and any girl my age who wants to learn. I love fly fishing with my grandma in the Adirondacks. I think you could say fly fishing is my passion. I started when I was four. I like to tie flies and share what I have learned with other girls my age.

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