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03-13-01, 10:17 PM
Women’s Outreach Program at the FFF Southeastern Conclave (http://www.flyfishsec.com/index.html) May 17 - 20, 2001
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“Women Fly Fisher’s Around the World”
Featuring Wanda Taylor
by Karen Brand

“Women Fly Fisher’s Around the World” is the theme of the 2001 Women’s Outreach Program and the keynote speaker is Wanda Taylor. Wanda has recently been seen on ESPN’s Walkers Cay Chronicles in the company of Flip Pallot fly fishing the Everglades. She has been attributed with a number of firsts, including the honor of being the first woman ever to be certified as a Master Fly Casting Instructor by the Federation of Fly Fishers, and was the first woman endorsed as an Orvis Guide in the Southeastern United States. She and her husband, Captain Gary Taylor, own Taylor and Taylor Fly Fishing Schools on the Hiwassee River near Benton, TN. Wanda travels nationally, supporting fly shops and fly fishing expo’s and is actively involved locally as a member of the Georgia Woman Fly Fishers, founding member of the Tennessee Brookies and assists the TWRA’s “Beyond Becoming an Outdoor Woman” program as well as “Casting for Recovery”.

Wanda has put together great programs in the past, but this year she has really out done herself . She has invited five of her Fly Fishing colleagues to present five different aspects of Fly Fishing for Women. Each is highly experienced in their field and will share their knowledge and experiences with us.

Karen Piassack will present “Back Packing the High Country Effectively”. Karen resides in Atlanta GA with her husband of 38 years and is a lifetime member of TU, FFF and the Georgia Women FlyFishers. She has fished for the last 20 years in various locations from Alaska to New Zealand, from the Keys to Costa Rica. Her first love is wilderness fishing in the Northwest corner of Colorado. She spends her summers camping and fishing the wonderful streams in the area with her Weimaraner, “Fritz”. Her tips will help those of us who are lucky enough to fish the great fly fishing destinations in Colorado!

Becky Strain will introduce the group to a completely different type of fly fishing, SALTWATER! Her session entitled “Saltwater Fly Fishing Equipment Checklist” will show us what we need to go after the BIG fish! There is no better person to moderate this session, Becky is internationally recognized as one of the tops in her field. In 1997 she was 2nd Runner Up in the Women’s World International Fly Championship, Tarpon Series. In 1998-1999 she claimed the title of Grand Champion Women’s World Invitational Fly Championship, Bonefish. She also holds a Women’s World Tippet Class Record for Bonefish. Becky started fly fishing 15years ago, fishing freshwater streams out west. She was introduced to saltwater 8 years and has been hooked on bone fishing ever since!

Fly Tying is a love and a passion for many of us in fly fishing but for others it is a mystery and a skill that is perceived as too difficult! Beth Tuttle has put together a session called, “So, You want to start tying flies?” This is an Intro to beginner fly tying. A short session will be conducted during the Outreach Program on Saturday and for those who want more detailed instruction, Beth’s two hour Tying Workshop will be offered free of charge on Friday. Please register in advance, as the class size is limited. All materials and equipment will be provided. What better chance to try tying, maybe you will get hooked like I did! You do not have to have years of experience to enjoy the different aspects of fly fishing and teach others. Beth did not seriously start fly fishing until she joined the Georgia Women Flyfishers in 1998, and she has been hooked ever since! She began tying flies as soon as she started fly fishing. She fishes the streams around her home in Atlanta but her travels have also taken her to the Bahamas and most recently Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Her desire to be involved with other women in fly fishing has kept her active locally as Past-President and Outing Co-Director of the Georgia Women Flyfishers and member of the Tailwater chapter of Trout Unlimited and North Georgia Trout Online.

Club involvement is extremely important to all these women and Susan Abramson will be conducting a session on “What it takes to make a good club outing work”. Susan currently serves as co-director of outings for the Georgia Women Flyfishers. You can pick up some good ideas from this session that you can hopefully take back home and use with your own club! Susan actually started fishing with her Dad at age 10 and caught her first trout on a fly rod in North Carolina on the east Prong of the Roaring River in 1996. She is an editor at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and sometimes gets to write about her favorite pastime, fly fishing. She has traveled across the country in search of beautiful rivers and feisty trout.

Leslie Miller rounds out the program by exploring a key essential for any successful fly fishing outing, the gourmet shore lunch! Her session entitled, “How to prepare a gourmet shore lunch streamside” will introduce us to pate, salsa, dips, and other streamside fare, all served quite appropriately on linen tablecloths. Leslie was introduced to fly fishing about eight years ago when she and her father attended an Orvis Fishing School as a Christmas present. She is the current President of the Georgia Women Fly Fishers and works part time in one of the local Orvis stores.

Boy, what a line up! I think you will agree that Wanda has really put together an exceptional group of women. Come, join us for lunch and meet these great ladies, there will be something for the beginner, as well, as the experienced individual who might be interested in exploring an aspect of the sport they have not tried before. Please register in advance! For more information contact Karen Brand, Women’s Outreach Chair at karenbrand22@aol.com or Wanda Taylor at gtaylor815@aol.com .