Women on the Fly are on the Rise

Across the country Trout Unlimited chapters are actively engaging women into our conservation work. While the sport of fly fishing is mainly dominated by men, most of those men will tell you that when it comes to fly fishing, women are naturals!! There are a variety of opportunities for women to learn about fly fishing and to advance their angling skill throughout Colorado, and Colorado Trout Unlimited is helping to build the conservation knowledge of women as well. By becoming a Colorado member of Trout Unlimited, you receive the award-winning magazine Trout, stickers, the High Country Angler publication, calendars and discounts for various merchandise; but most importantly you are a small piece of the largest effort in the country to keep the cold water fisheries healthy! That is amazing!!

In the fall of 2012, Trout Unlimited launched a campaign aimed at getting more women to sign up as members. In doing so, women were offered complimentary trial memberships over the course of the year. Over 2,500 women signed up! What a great success. Thanks to all of you who reached out to women in your community and invited them to join Trout Unlimited.  It is undoubtedly because of your efforts that we can boast a 13 percent retention rate so far on these trial members.

To help bring women into our river conservation world, we are pleased to bring back this complementary trial membership and to announce that women can sign up for their first time annual membership for FREE right now!! In addition, women can renew for half price, at a special $17.50 rate. To add a little incentive for our chapters, any recruiting chapters (for women membership renewals) will receive $15 of that $17.50 in the form of a special rebate. AND, for even more incentive from March 1 - May 31, Trout Unlimited will be tracking which chapters recruit the most women and which have the highest rates of renewals (allocated proportionally based on chapter size.) The chapter that recruits the most women will be issued a plaque. Cash rewards will be awarded to the chapters that have the highest rates of renewals: $500 for first place, $300 for second place, and $100 for third place.

Colorado Trout Unlimited has partnered with a lot of groups across the state who are engaging women like Colorado Women Flyfishers and the Fly Gals from Collegiate Peaks Anglers. We have also created a “meet up” type page on Facebook where women throughout Colorado can find other ladies to fish with and to share their fishing stories. You can join that page at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/cowomenonthefly/.

To learn more about these efforts or to get involved, please contact Stephanie Scott at sscott@tu.org.