Sunset over the Missouri River – Once again, the light and conditions were near perfect to capture the sky in a mixture of orange, pink and purple. It turned the valley for just a moment into the best place on earth.
This photo essay illustrates a weekend in June on the Missouri River at Craig, Montana, with about 35 ladies from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Utah. Headhunters Fly Shop provided great information on the river, fishing tactics and a host of experienced guides and boat rentals.
And what a fabulous weekend it was! Tornado warnings, wind, sun, plenty of fish and great times for the ladies of Spokane Women on the Fly. Many new friendships were made and existing friendships were deepened.
SWOTF is such a great group to empower women through fly fishing. I’ve been with the group for three years, but this is the first time I’ve been able to fish with them. All levels fly-fishing abilities are welcome, which makes it a great group for brand-new fly-fishers to learn the craft.
While I’ve fly fished for more than 25 years, this was my first time fishing nymph-style on a river. I arrived on Thursday evening to hear tales and watch video of the enormous storm that hit the river.
All levels fly-fishing abilities are welcome, which makes it a great group for brand-new fly-fishers to learn the craft.
Most of the boats on the river got off fast or took shelter under bridges, which provided a safe place to ride out the storm. Friday morning blew in sunny skies with a steady wind. The wind lasted most of the day, but didn’t stop anyone from getting a full, productive day on the river. I fished the day with guide, Whitney Gould, and Heather Hodson, Spokane Women On The Fly (SWOTF) founder.
We hit many, many fish and landed a good percentage. Saturday and Sunday I fished with my good friends Lindy and David. We all caught fish, although not a ton. However, as most anglers know, spirits are quite usually high no matter the fish count when in such a beautiful place fly fishing with friends.
My motto is ‘do what you love, love what you do’. Expressing my creativity is one way I tangibly bring this motto to life. My creative outlets include pottery, up-scaling rusty junk into welded art pieces and photography. In addition to being a wedding, portrait and art photographer, I’m a full-time software programmer for a higher education software and consulting company. I’m the mother of a photogenic and patient seventh grade daughter and wife to a very supportive man. My family lives on a lake near Cheney, Washington….close to nature and close to town too.
I’m also a member of Spokane Women on the Fly, a group of women dedicated to sharing the joys of fly fishing with other women in the area. You will often find me out on rivers and lakes throughout the region searching for fish caught on a fly.