That headline get your attention? Actually, McCord is just quoting some of the guides she’s fished with, who claim that women are often better listeners and more avid students. I must admit that my own guiding experience bears this out. The more important message here, of course, is that all of us should be encouraging more women and girls to get out on the stream. There are already plenty of role models for them, aside from McCord: Cathy Beck, Lori-Ann Murphy, Lotte Aulom, Rebekka Redd, and others. We’ve got some pretty hardcore female anglers in this office—Jackie Kutzer, Chrissie Atkins, Abbie Mahurin, and even our former intern Phoebe Bean, to name a few—who are constantly advocating to get more females into the sport.