In honor of International Women’s Day, we want to highlight the incredible women who have contributed to Flylords and are out there on the water pursuing their passion. Here are our favorite pieces from female Flylords Contributors:
“We were driving down the beach on our way to go “surfing” when I screamed to my friend to slam on the brakes. A school of twenty or more permit had their backs out of the water in the surf feeding in the incoming tide…”
2021 F3T Behind the Lens: Dropped in the Pacific
We sit down and speak with Jessica Haydahl Richardson, the filmmaker behind “Dropped in the Pacific”. Throughout her film, Jessica portrays “women doing their thing and just fishing”, nothing more, nothing less. As the first female filmmaker to be featured in the Fly Fishing Film Tour, she is the voice of the future of female involvement in the film in the fishing industry.
Women on the Water: Serene Cusack
For Serene Cusack, finding gear that fit has never been a walk in the park, but nevertheless, she has found ways to navigate difficult size barriers in fly fishing and in life, and through the process has shed light on a very important, and rarely talked about issue in the fly fishing industry. In the most recent Women on the Water Interview, Serene tells her story of perseverance and love for fly fishing, as well as her vision for the future of inclusion in the fishing industry.
Great Lakes Steelhead Magic
“Hey Julia, I’ll be at your house at 4:30am to pick you up!”
Julia: “Dude, are you serious?”
3:30 a.m. wake up calls come fast, especially the day after Halloween. Julia explained to me that she had other plans the night before and wanted to stay out late. I promised her she could sleep on the car ride and that it would be totally worth waking up early and being the first on the water to possibly catch her first lake run steelhead.
Hilary Hutcheson – Active Activism
In a time when keyboard conservation ticks the social responsibility boxes of gaining online respect, it often seems difficult to find those who are not directly associated in the fields of biology, ecology or environmental sciences, who do more than simply re-post the latest movement. We have become so inundated with campaign posts of asking each other to join us…
“Flylords: Tell us about the first time you picked up a fly rod… Did this moment change your life?
April: I’d been keen to try fly-fishing when I was a gear-fisher in my teens, but I couldn’t get my hands on any fly equipment. My fishing buddy (a salty dog who was forty years my senior) had an old Shakespeare glass 8wt collecting dust in the corner of his tackle room…”
“No rest for the wicked, it was time to get kitted up and straight onto the boat with our guide for the week, Kurt – what a legend! We arrived a week pre-full moon, therefore, targeting bones and triggers for the first couple of days – an apt warm-up for the GTs…”
10 Reasons Why You Need to Fish Untamed Angling’s Kendjam Lodge – Meredith McCord
“#5 MELANIAE PEACOCK
A unique green and turquoise peacock, these beauties found in crystal clear pools and love both poppers and large baitfish patterns. Be prepared with your 7 or 8wt, as these fish are smart and will rock you quickly….”
“Many determining factors come into play when deciding what kind of a fishing day you desire to have. My main three are the size of fish you wish to target, followed by fishing location, and lastly, the weather. You can go fishing and catch tons of 18” rainbows and dinks, or you can try for one whopper brown trout….”
“Relief and euphoria surged through me as I ran over to see the beautiful bull. It may not have been as big as the one from the day before but he was by far my favorite one from the trip…”
“Catch up with Patagonia Ambassador, Kate Crump. Kate is a fly-fishing guide, mentor to fly women, and an all-around great individual. She is also pioneering some incredible things in the Northwest Region of the U.S…”
“Chasing winter steelhead has presented an entirely different set of challenges than any other fishing I have yet to experience. Once you get used to casting with what feels like a dumbbell on the end of your line, the fishing part itself is easy; cast, mend, repeat…”
It wasn’t until a cold morning on an Olympic Peninsula river with my friend and guide, Andy Simon, that it really hit me. I had just hooked and lost another steelhead when he turned to me and said, “Natalie, when you feel that tug you have to stop trout setting and you have to set it like you mean it or they will spit the hook every time…”
“Before fly fishing came to me I had heard of the fish Steelhead trout but knew nothing about it except for old fishing tales my dad talked of. Being born and raised in Seattle my favorite fishing use to be the endless species inhabiting Elliot Bay. When I cast my first fly rod that all changed…”
“At the river, we are the only ones there. My favorite. Any angler’s favorite, I know, but today especially. The snow insulates all the sounds of the woods around us as we dress for cold water. Sounds of cardinals dashing from limb to limb, ice-laden branches creak as they sag and sway…”
After reading the article I quickly began to think about some of the female anglers who are role models in the fly industry. One of the first people who came to mind was Jillian Lukiwski, who most of you know as @thenoisyplume. We asked Jillian what she thought about the article and we wanted to share a few of her answers with you…”
“Casey: You are also an incredible artist, would you mind explaining your preferred medium(s) and subject matter?
Mandy: Oil paint has always been my preferred medium to paint with. It’s long dry
time allows for me to work/rework areas and mix colors without having
paint drying quickly. It’s especially helpful on the large paintings. I also love
to draw with Prisma color pencils and micron pens. Prisma pencils allow
layering and blending of colors and I can get very detailed on drawings with
“Striper fishing in Texas is something special. During the late spring/early summer, the wildflowers are blooming, storms are rolling in and out, and most importantly, the fish are aggressive…”
Product Spotlight: Scientific Anglers Fly Lines – Cassie Spurling
As a native to the mountains of Western North Carolina, I’ve spent a great deal of time fishing the creeks, tailwaters, and lakes surrounding my area. One day I am following a blue line on a map to a native brook trout stream, the next day I find myself wading a tailwater chasing larger trout. During the warmest months of the year, I spend a lot of time out on the lake chasing various species of bass and bluegill on the fly…
So here’s to all of the incredible women out there chasing fish and sharing their love of the sport of fly fishing with the world. Tight lines!