Written by: Jackie Jordan and Kelly Buchta
It was down to standing room only, with almost 60 female participants filling the conference room at The Fly Fishing Show in Somerset, New Jersey over the weekend. The Future of Women Anglers forum was moderated by Women’s Initiative Coordinators Kelly Buchta (NJ), Jackie Jordan (VT), and Alicea Charamut (CT).
The high-energy, enthusiastic group was made up of women anglers, guides, outfitters, and volunteer staff from Trout Unlimited, Project Healing Waters, and Casting For Recovery. In the short hour, topics ranged from the high and low points women have experienced while out fishing, fly-fishing gear designed for women, the things we can do for each other whether new or experienced in the sport, female anglers who have made impacts in conservation and within the fishing community, and how we can continue the legacy and reach out to youth.
Women across the U.S. are organizing retreats, outings, educational seminars, youth outreach programs and other events to build a community of women anglers who look to empower the next generation of fly fishers and clean water ambassadors.
For those who missed Saturday, a second discussion was held on Sunday with almost 40 participants in attendance. We are excited to move forward and are already planning next year’s session.
Kelly Buchta is the Vice President NJ Northeast Region and NJ Women’s Initiative Coordinator | TU NJ State Council. Alicea Charamut is the Vice President Farmington Valley CT TU Chapter, Secretary CT State Council, and CT Women’s Initiative Coordinator. Jackie Jordan is the President Southwestern VT TU Chapter, VT Women’s Initiative Coordinator, and Associate Art Director at Orvis.