Fly Fishing Ventures

by Rebecca on December 10, 2012

in Fly Fishing

I’ve been blogging for a little over 3 years now.

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


{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

Ken GNo Gravatar December 10, 2012 at 6:27 pm

I taught my oldest daughter, now 23, how to fish when she was 2. She wears my old waders when we hit the river. She goes where I go, uses what I use and does what I do while were out there. She makes no distinction for being a “girl” as she likes to say.

When necessary, when gender remarks are made, she simply points the rod tip at the offender and in her best dad voice says…. I can outfish you.

She took to fly fishing naturally, women do, they don’t force things and she gives that no thought either, she knows she’s good. That’s the way it should be. Maybe it’s because I got her into it so young, I don’t know. Maybe it’s not a good thing that she inherited my personality, it will get her in trouble some day. But I think that’s a lesson for anyone with kids, start them young. Then these issues simply won’t exist.


RebeccaNo Gravatar December 10, 2012 at 7:25 pm

You sound like you’ve raised your daughter exactly like my Dad raised me.

We just went fishing, all the time. I didn’t even realize until I was well into my twenties that my fishing made me the oddity on the river. For all I knew growing up, everyone in the world always went fishing!

So even today I’m a bit perplexed over the hoopla of women in fishing. But I do see a need or want for information that is Lady friendly and I’m happy to help out if I can.

Your idea that starting them is key…and wise.


MelNo Gravatar December 10, 2012 at 7:21 pm

Rebecca, it has been my pleasure to share the water with a few ladies over the years, and, I can tell you one thing. It doesn’t matter what they wear that is for sure, however, I have learned I would have to be on top of my fly fishing game to out fish them. They bring a spirit and warmth to a world that needed to be exposed as not just a macho world, but, one that would be enhanced by letting the ladies share the water, their dreams, and their skills. I, for one, appreciate all that you and the other ladies we speak of, do to make fly fishing an intriguing and valuable pasttime.


RebeccaNo Gravatar December 10, 2012 at 8:39 pm

Thank you Mel. I’ve got a big smile from your kind words =)


LarryNo Gravatar December 10, 2012 at 9:52 pm

Rebecca, I hate to say it, but when I started fishing, June Cleaver was cooking a vacuuming in a dress and Joan Wolfe was a lone wolf. I wasn’t a good fisherman back then and daughters got bored when I took them out. There’s a difference, with children, when they are catching an occasional fish and just sitting on the bank. Now that I have young grandchildren, I work hard at getting them into fish. My 8 year old granddaughter jumps at the opportunity to go fishing with me and she is just as happy catching small bluegills on her 4wt as she is an 18 inch trout.
When I go out on my own and see a woman fly fisherman, I pause and take notice. She doesn’t have to be a pro for me to appreciate that she is changing the sport for the better.
Joan Wolfe is a Hall of Fame Fly Fisher, but women like you are still pioneering the sport. Thank you for making me pause.
Oh BTW… Santa is taking notice. Just climb onto his lap! LOL


RebeccaNo Gravatar December 11, 2012 at 5:37 pm

Thank you for your thoughts and perspective Larry, they are appreciated.
I guess for me, the act of fly fishing is like breathing. Normal life.
It’s what I do and most of the time other than acknowledging there aren’t a lot of ladies out fly fishing (in comparison to men) I do have a hard time wrapping my mind around why it’s such a big deal.
But I have taken an interest in finding other lady fly fishers out there and getting to know them, learn from them. Hence…the Fly Fishing Ventures endeavor =)

Santa better bring me a drift boat THIS year….


Steve ZNo Gravatar December 11, 2012 at 7:47 am

Well said. I’m looking forward to seeing your Venture expand and grow. It can only be a good thing to help nurture new anglers — women, children, old farts too — and you three ladies are part of that effort. On a side note, our sport has a big tent that needs to be filled though, like every tent, it has it’s clowns. I’m not a big fan of clowns.


RebeccaNo Gravatar December 11, 2012 at 5:39 pm

Thanks for the words of support Steve, mucho appreciated.
All are welcome, at any site I’m part of…except the clowns. I’m not a big fan of them either.


AileenNo Gravatar December 11, 2012 at 2:28 pm

Rebecca, I am so thrilled to have met and have the opportunities to fly fish with you and Rachel. I am even more excited to be part of The Fly Fishing Venture. Now, let’s go fish!!


RebeccaNo Gravatar December 11, 2012 at 5:40 pm

Fish. Yes. SOON!

And I feel most grateful to have met, fly fished and started Fly Fishing Ventures with you and Rachel. You two are my kind of people =)


Amber-Lee (@AlaskaChickBlog)No Gravatar December 11, 2012 at 2:48 pm

I see we are both standing on the same line. (You have a much gentler and more diplomatic way of stating the case, however!)

I agree with Steve Z, utterly. I have never fly-fished, myself, but I lay on the banks and watch, it is so beautiful. I do know however, that I live, eat, sleep and breathe this man’s world, that I had never even gotten a wiff of before I came to Alaska.

To add to your Fly Fishing Ventures, I will share with you that my new project that I announced in a recent post, 2012 Recap, Questions Answered & Bonus (It is mentioned in the bonus.), I am working on a series, Women in the Outdoors for 2013.
Thank you for this.


RebeccaNo Gravatar December 11, 2012 at 5:42 pm

Thank you for your comment and I’ll go check out your recent posts.
All of us keep talking about heading up to Alaska soon, we’ll have to make sure we meet up with you!!


J. W.No Gravatar December 11, 2012 at 5:15 pm

I also don’t understand why women in fly-fishing is a topic. Okay, I do. But really, can we focus on some water, a fish, and a challenge that I’m sure many women can teach me a few things if I show some respect and listen.


RebeccaNo Gravatar December 11, 2012 at 5:51 pm

We’ll be focused on water, fish and so forth over on Fly Fishing Ventures, just with a women’s perspective so come on over =)


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