The Collegiate Peak Anglers Chapter of TU has an awesome group of ladies in their ranks - the FlyGals. This group of women fly fishers began meeting up in 2002, hosting their first fly fishing event in June of that year - a two-day excursion to the Sweet Water Ranch on the Chaffee-Park county line. In January of 2003, the group met to set up goals and hosted a casting demonstration.
Originally called the Women's Outreach Committee of CCP-TU, they renamed themselves the Womens Outreach Group (WOG) in 2004, and continued to hold spring clinics and fish together in the summer. By 2007, this group of lady fly fishers had renamed themselves the FlyGals. With instructors the likes of professional guides Char Bloom (Keystone), Paula Fothergill (Carbondale), and Carol Neville (Salida, now located in Boise, ID), the group has hosted numerous women's only fly fishing clinics and trips.
FlyGals currently hosts fly shop orientations, where women are able to visit their local fly shop (Ark Anglers) and receive firsthand knowledge about what is available in the shop. The Fly Shop provides several door prizes and discounts for the women as well as a chance to try out rods and other equipment. FlyGals also offers several clinics throughout the summer - fly casting clinics; bug clinics designed to orient participants to the local bug cultures and conditions, what bugs hatch at various times of the year, and which flies are best to imitate these hatches; and 2-day fly fishing clinics offered by a professional female fly fishing guide. FlyGals also host great events like Companion Fishing, where more experienced women fly fishers are paired with more novice women for a day of fly-fishing, and River Fishing, where each woman has a “river helper” (often a member of Collegiate Peaks Anglers) to serve as a “guide” for a morning of fly fishing on the Arkansas River. In the summer the FlyGals get together for trips from high mountain lakes fishing for native cutthroats to private water fishing.
With over 30 women currently on the roster, FlyGals is a great testament to women on the rise in fly fishing!
For more information or to join the FlyGals email list, please contact Barbara Plake at firstname.lastname@example.org.