Sponsored by The Fly Shop and Trout Unlimited

We held our 1st Annual Women’s Day (The Women’s Angle) in partnership with Trout Unlimited on September 23, 2018. This was an event for women taught by women. There was no fee for this, class sign-ups were through The Fly Shop®.

We were fortunate to have some amazing ladies come from all over the west coast to help get more women into this amazing sport and we can’t be more thankful to have had them.  See presenters and bio’s below.

Photo by Katie FalkenbergClasses/Presentations for this event:

  • Introduction to Fly Fishing
  • Single-Hand Casting (Presentation and class)
  • Spey Casting (Presentation and class)
  • Fly Tying
  • Knots
  • Fly Fishing for Steelhead Presentation
  • Bugs & Fly Selection
  • Fishing Program Presentation
  • Pyramid Lake Presentation
  • Casting Competition
  • Discussion Panel


Gear & Goodies:

We also had all of the top fly fishing manufacturers (Simms, Patagonia, Umpqua, Echo, Airflo, Sage, Rio, Winston, Redington, Fishpond, Scott, Abel, Ross, Hatch, Loon, etc…) here with all of their gear to show. They also had their sizing kits with them. This was a great chance to see the newest products and get sized correctly for a better fishing experience.

Class Schedules (September 23, 2018):

9:00 – 10:30 am:
• Single Hand Casting – Mary Ann Dozer & Cheryl O’Neill
• Spey Casting Seminar – Mia Sheppard
• Single Hand Casting – Kara Tripp
• Single Hand Casting – Kayla Katayama
• Fly Tying – J. Michelle Swope
• Introduction to Fly Fishing – Kesley Gallagher

10:30 – 12:00 pm:
• Single Hand Casting – Mary Ann Dozer & Cheryl O’Neill
• Spey Casting for Beginners – Mia Sheppard
• Casting Seminar – Kara Tripp
• Single Hand Casting – J. Michelle Swope
• Knots – Kesley Gallagher

12:00 – 1:30 pm:
• TU Luncheon – Katie Falkenberg

1:30 – 3:00 pm:
• Fly Fishing for Steelhead Presentation – Mia Sheppard
• Bugs & Fly Selection – Mary Ann Dozer
• Fishing Program – Beverly Smith
• Pyramid Lake Fishing, History & Conservation – Jessica Strickland and Dr. Helen Neville
• Fly Tying – J. Michelle Swope
• Knots – Kara Tripp

3:30 pm:
• Casting Challenge – Lisa Beranek

4:00 – 6:00 pm:
• Women’s Fly Fishing Product Showcase – The Fly Shop

If you would like more information on upcoming Women’s events please let us know by sending us an email at terry@theflyshop.com

See more detailed information on the Presenters below:

Lisa Beranek

TU - Leadership Development Manager

Lisa’s love for the water and stewardship began on the banks of Michigan's Grand River and continued to blossom on the waters...

Mary Ann Dozer

FFI Master Caster - Guide

Mary Ann is a Fly Fishers International (FFI) Master Casting Instructor, and she has instructed men and women in fly fishing techniques...

Katie Falkenberg

Visual Journalist - LA Times

Katie Falkenberg is a visual journalist for the Los Angeles Times where she produces short video documentaries and photo essays. Raised...

Kesley Gallagher

Ambassador - Presenter

Kesley Gallagher has been fly fishing since she was 10 years old. She has traveled to such places as Labrador for trophy brook trout,...

Kayla Katayama

Guide - Ambassador - Her Waters Fly Fishing

Kayla Katayama was born on Oahu, Hawaii where she learned to stalk the flats for fish with her dad...

Dr. Helen Neville

Trout Unlimited - Scientist

Dr. Helen Neville has been with Trout Unlimited since 2006. She received her undergraduate degree in Biology from Brown University,...

Mia Sheppard

Guide - Ambassador - Little Creek Outfitters

Mia is an accomplished guide, champion spey-caster, conservationist, upland bird hunter, skier, and...

Beverly Smith

TU - Volunteer Operations Department

Beverly is responsible for the Volunteer Operations Department at TU which supports 36 state councils...

Jessica Strickland

TU - California Field Coordinator

Jessica Strickland acts as Trout Unlimited's California Field Coordinator with a focus on central and southern California. Jessica works...

J. Michelle Swope

Oly Women on the Fly - Guide & Instructor

J. Michelle grew up fishing in the great Pacific Northwest, starting at seven years old when I saw 2 folks fly fishing on a local lake...

Kara Tripp

Guide - Damsel Fly Fishing

Kara was born and raised in Northwest Montana, fishing for trout on some of the most fabled stretches of water in the US. Her...

Cheryl O'Neill

Casting Instructor

Cheryl O'Neill is an instructor with San Francisco’s Golden Gate Angling and Casting Club Casting Program...