Video: Finding Community in Fly Fishing

Over the past couple of years, Orvis has been working with an organization called Brown Folks Fishing to help make fly fishing more inclusive and representative of the American population. The group’s founder, Tracy Nguyen-Chung, was presented with the 2019 Breaking Barriers Award at last year’s Orvis Guide Rendezvous in Missoula, Montana.

Check out this great video from the Outbound Collective, about Chris Hill, associate director of the Sierra Club’s Lands, Water, Wildlife Campaign. She’s also an avid fly fisher, and she talks about how she came to love the outdoors and what community-building through social media and Brown Folks Fishing has meant to her. It’s inspiring stuff.

5 thoughts on “Video: Finding Community in Fly Fishing”

  1. As Morgan Freeman put it, hopefully the day will come when we don’t have to refer to people as brown, black, or white. Just people. He opined that only when we start referring to people that way will we eliminate racism. (It’s on YouTube if you want to watch it.)

    I’m all for extending opportunities to people to fish, but why is the stated goal “to make fly fishing more inclusive and representative of the American population”? Do all people have to like all things equally? Has fly fishing excluded anyone? Down here in South Florida many more Hispanic people fly fish than Anglo. Who cares? Why can’t we let people just like and pursue their own interests as they wish? You know, life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. America stands for equality of opportunity not equality of outcome, not social engineering which apparently has now even penetrated something as simple, and once pure, as fishing.

    1. Agreed.
      All the fly shops I go to have open doors for everyone.
      My Trout Unlimited group is open to everyone.
      Now if this is purely a marketing scheme hidden by a left leaning effort…,Holy sh#t.
      Never mind, I get it now.

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