We are over halfway done with our free weekly Women's Fly Fishing clinics, and have helped introduce dozens of new women to Fly Fishing. Mimosa's have been drank, knots have been tied, questions have been asked and most importantly, fish have been caught. There are a few Monday clinics left before labor day, so we thought we would ask Anne Anderson a few questions since she has been helping lead the Women's Clinics to recap what you have may have experienced, or missed out on!
First ever Rainbow for a first time Gallatin River Gal!
GRG: How many women have been at each clinic on average? Largest group?
AA: On average, we're pulling in about 10- 12 women each clinic. Some weeks have had more, some less. It has been nice to see familiar faces each week mixed in with new ones. Our largest to date was 15, which was a blast! Hopefully we can beat that before summer is over.
GRG: What does the average clinic consists of?
AA: Knot tying, rig setups, casting instruction, reading water, fly selections, and some time on the water placing the skills we learn into practice. We have spent a good amount of time on the water fishing, it's refreshing to see a group of women out on the water fishing together. We need to see that more often!
GRG: Can I come if I have never fished?
AA: Please do! Its a great way to break into fly fishing without feeling any pressure and to ask questions about fishing or life in general.
GRG: Your most memorable experience so far?
AA: Having 7 women all catch sizable fish in an hour on the Gallatin River! None of the ladies had ever fly fished before and they were casting extremely well. All the women were insanely exciting about continuing to fly fish on their own in the future.
GRG: What you are hoping to accomplish before summer Women's clinics are over?
AA: Help more women in to the world experience fly fishing in Montana. Expanding the sport one woman at a time and to experience more people freak out about catching fish!
GRG: Why should women show up on Monday morning?
AA: To find a new outlet, new love, new passion and to celebrate new fishing partners with a healthy serving of champagne.
GRG: One last question that we have all been wondering.....Who has drank the most mimosas and still fished?
AA: Silly question! I do. I drink the most.
All of us at Gallatin River Guides and especially Anne hope to see you this coming Monday morning! Fly fishing, Champagne and new fishing friends is a great way to start off a Monday.