During that time I’ve read countless posts discussing the topic/issue/debate/opinions regarding Women in Fly Fishing. Most of the posts out there are positive, a couple are negative and for the most part they seem focused on the female significance/influence in fly fishing.
To be honest, when people are discussing “female significance” in Fly Fishing, I find myself sorta embarrassed it’s even a topic and have never really commented on the whole notion.
I get it though. The curiosity. The interest. However, none of it is in my control or even a concern because at the end of the day, as always, I just fly fish.
With that being said, what I have found over the years is a certain lack of information in the fly fishing world from the female perspective and experience.
So why would I want a specific resource for the ladies? It’s not that I don’t adore all the information I gleam from the male fly fishing bloggers and sites out there. Good stuff indeed! But it would have been helpful, especially in my earlier days of fly fishing, if I had had an information source that was a bit more geared to women.
Fly Fishing is indeed male dominated, and that’s never held me back any, but when you are a lady and you’re looking for gender specific information that could help answer questions you might have, that water is pretty skinny out there.
Questions like: Can I use and wear all the gear made for men? Back when I first started fly fishing I had no idea, I just fumbled along and figured things out along the way. My answer to that question now — Yep. Been there, done that for 15 years and it worked for me.
But these days, if there’s an alternative made for women specifically, I’d like to know about it, read other ladies opinions and possibly try them.
::Side Note: When I read recently someone bemoaning the fact women in fly fishing want ‘special clothes’ I admit it, I was mildly irritated. To that I say, Sir…until you have curves, a shapely ass, hips and boobs, your opinion on whether or not I deserve to wear clothes made for my body type is a wee bit invalid.
At the end of the day, if it’s more comfortable to wear waders made specifically for a women’s body, I don’t see how that degrades my fly fishing nor do I see how that makes me a super special snowflake that needs the industry to cater to my needs. …and if I finish my thoughts I’ll have to pay a penance and I’m saving up good points for Santa right now. End Side Note::
Anyway, I’ll repress further personal commentary on that subject (see how good I am Santa!) and get on track here. A need for information that is useful and helpful.
Information for and about Women in fly fishing. I believe it’s a positive.
I had the opportunity to meet and fly fish with a couple of fantastic fisherman this summer, Rachel Morgan and Aileen Ellis.
With Rachel’s extensive knowledge of fly fishing gear she gained over the last 12 years working at a fly shop and Aileen’s extensive knowledge of fly tying and entomology, we’ve created a place for Women in Fly Fishing to connect, ask questions and learn from one another.
I’m proud to now be involved in such an online resource.
Fly Fishing Ventures