It is great to see women who love to fly fish. Norma writes a great article on women who are taking up fly fishing.
Women join fly fishing resurgence
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Mike Keith, manager of the Sout Platte Fly Shop, which just opened May 11 in Woodland Park, said he has seen this upswing and he thinks it’s related to a recent resurgence in all outdoor sports.
“It helps that we have gold-medal water within an hour’s drive of Woodland Park,” he said, referring to the river that gives his shop its name. “More people are getting into outdoor sports in general, hiking, biking and camping, for example. People are becoming more health-conscious, and fly fishing is a great recreational sport. It’s good for the arms and, after standing in cold water (and the river’s current) for half a day, you’ll really feel it in your legs.”
Keith noted that three of four people who take guided fly-fishing trips have never been fly fishing before.
“I think beginners, not just women, pick up the sport more easily because they don’t have any bad habits to correct,” he said. “My experience has been that women catch more fish than men. They are generally more patient and more willing to take direction.”
South Platte Fly Fishing offers guided trips, but because it’s so new, the class schedule isn’t set yet.
“Fly fishing is a sport that people are continually learning,” Keith said. “My advice to anyone who wants to learn fly fishing is not to be intimidated or discouraged and to get out on the water as often as possible. Learning from a book, the Internet or a DVD is a great start, but the only way to perfect your technique is to get out and do it.”
His advice about learning through experience was echoed by Bill Tomlinson, the co-owner of The Peak Fly Shop, also in Woodland Park. “Fly fishing is a challenge,” he said. “It isn’t just throwing the bait out and catching fish; you have to know the water and the fish and what kinds of bugs they’re taking.”
Peak Fly Shop has two stores. The other one is on north Academy in Colorado Springs.
“We had a women’s class just last night,” Tomlinson said on May 18. “We’ll be taking the class out to the river tomorrow. Women pay better attention. They usually have no preconceived ideas on how to fish and are more likely to listen to their guide. For this group, my wife Sherry is the teacher and the guide.”
A customer in his shop, Tom Arnold from St. Simons Island, Ga., added, “Women learn faster.”
Fly shops are the places to go for advice. “The big difference between the pro-shop and the big-box store where the sporting goods department is manned by hunters is that fly fishing is all we do,” Tomlinson said. “They can sell you a lure, but we don’t do lures.”
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