Hosted fly fishing for local ladies

Posted: Friday, June 11, 2010

Women, get your boots on - oh, and don't forget your waders and fly rod.

This weekend marks the first in a three-part series of Hosted Women's Fly Fishing classes through Juneau Fly Fishing Goods. Instructors Michele and Brad Elfers are giving local fly fishing enthusiasts an opportunity to not only learn how to fly fish successfully in Juneau waters, but to also connect with other women in the sport.

Michele Elfers, who taught fly fishing during the Becoming an Outdoors Woman workshop in May, said she hopes this series of events fills a niche in the community. For the last few years, she said, she's heard women around town expressing interest in finding other women who also enjoy fly fishing.

"There's this myth that fly fishing is a men's sport," Elfers said. "When I first started, I fished with Brad and his friends, even though I pretty much knew what I was doing, I always felt a little uncomfortable. We're trying to get women more comfortable. "

Each of the three events aims to show participants how to fish for a particular species of fish in a particular type of water, Elfers said. The first event begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday at Sheep Creek. Participants will be shown how to fish for dolly varden trout in Gastineau Channel.

Saturday, July 17, at noon marks the second in the series. The group will target pink salmon at Echo Cove.

Finally, participants will learn the finer points of stream fishing for dollys in Montana Creek beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 24.

"We're planning on talking about the lay of the land, the water, timing, where to look for fish, how to wade and then we'll just ... fish," she said.

Cost for each session is $20 and includes six flies and a leader. All sessions last two hours, but Elfers said participants are welcome to stay and fish afterward. Elfers said prior fly fishing experience is preferred.

"We're trying to hit some big fisheries around town that are easy to get to and there's a good chance (participants) will go again," Elfers said. "We want to show people how to fish these different locations."

Knowing these things, Elfers said, is a recipe for success.

To sign up call Juneau Fly Fishing Goods at 586-3754. Group size is limited.

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