I've been incredibly lucky. Early exposure to the outdoors, fishing
with my dad and grandfather brought me to fly fishing way ahead of
schedule. Gramps relented and taught me to fly cast when I was eleven.
The old European method, standing in the stream, hard-cover book
under my right elbow with the warning, "now we aren't going to get
the book wet are we dear."
Since then I've gone through several upgrades on casting technique.
And had the good fortune to live in places with good fishing. Raised in
Michigan, the AuSable system was my home water. When JC and I moved to
Montana, it was Yellowstone Park, the Yellowstone Valley, the Spring
Creeks and less-known remote high-country waters.
Business expansion brought us to Washington state. We mostly gave up
fly fishing for about two years. A local owner of a now defunct fly
shop knew I could cast, and needed a woman to teach "other women" in
classes he was running. At his insistence, (since the largest fly rod I
owned was a five-weight Orvis,) I bought my first salmon rod . . .a 7
wt. G.Loomis IMX. And learned to double-haul.
When in Rome, as they say. Well, when in Washington living on the
coast, try fishing for salmon. It is not dry fly fishing - and that
really is my preference, but it is fishing. We try to get back to
Montana a couple times a summer to fill some of the void.
My involvement in fly fishing has hopefully brought some benefit to
others as well. I was the first woman member of TU, Mershon Chapter in
Saginaw, Michigan in 1959. JC and I started the first FFF Chapter in
Michigan, The Freestone Fly Fishers in 1972. Over thirty years ago I
was the first licensed female fishing guide in Montana, where I guided
for Dan Bailey. I was on the governing board for certification of
casting instructors for FFF, and was a certified instructor.
I am still a TU member.
JC and I taught fly casting twice a month from March thru November at
the Port Ludlow Resort and Conference center about ten miles from here.
As a writer, I wrote the most widely distributed fly-fishing column
for Scripps Howard newspapers and the Associated Press Wire under the name
Ladyfisher. During it's short life, I also wrote the fly fishing
columns for GoWest, a Cox Media Website.
My work life includes a chemistry degree from the University of
Michigan. I worked as a medical researcher in cancer, managed six
businesses (not at the same time), spent time in both radio and tv as an
on air/camera personality, and filmed and scripted for a weekly tv
If stranded on a dessert island I would choose the Bahamas, a 6 wt
fast rod, and lots of bonefish! My personal quote is a direct steal from
Lefty Kreh, "Don't show knowledge - share knowledge." That's what FAOL
is all about.