I began fishing alongside my father in my teen years. We still primarily fly-fish lakes using a wooden pram, one of the last ones built by the Smith brothers in Washington. Fly fishing is not only a passion of mine, but my writings about fly fishing are currently the basis for my Doctoral Degree in Educational Practice, as well. Professionally, I am a teacher of middle school students, and I find that the my time fishing is a way to thrive personally while renewing my spirit and energy. I fish as often as possible throughout the year, and I am grateful to live so close to water. I can catch coho and chum salmon in rivers near my house, and less than an hour away, there are lakes that yield beautiful local rainbow and brook trout. Catch and release only for this gal!