During the past decade that I have been fly fishing it has been truly amazing to see so many women getting involved in the sport and enjoying the outdoors. When I started fly fishing more routinely in 2009 it was thanks to my boyfriend at the time (who is now my husband) that I even started getting back into it. I went from taking the odd photo of the fish he caught to catching fish myself. The only other woman I personally knew that fly fished was my sister in law, Timbre. Fast forward 10 years and you are seeing women’s only fly fishing groups, women-run fly fishing magazines and brands. It’s not to say that it wasn’t there before but it’s certainly more prevalent now, largely thanks to social media I am sure. The best part of it all is seeing women supporting women and many resources available now to those wanting to start out.
So it was definitely cool to meet up with my friend Paula Shearer and two other female anglers (Kate & Ruth) for an afternoon of fly fishing on the Bow River. We were invited together by Travel Alberta to chat a bit about what fly fishing means to us and why we do it. We had lots of laughs and even caught a couple fish (well I lost my fish but Paula landed a nice rainbow :D ).
Thanks to Travel Alberta and Theresa Tayler for giving us the opportunity to talk about why we love fly fishing and supporting women getting into the sport. Another thanks to Roth & Ramberg for their great photos as it’s so rare that I am in-front of the camera, usually I am always the one taking the picture.
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Until next time!