Cowboy Drifters Women’s Fly Fishing Program
Think Fly Fishing is just for the fellas? Think again Ladies. Women are the fastest growing demographic in the Fly Fishing Industry. We at Cowboy Drifters recognize this and have created a unique program to cater to women. We offer small group or private Professional Female Guide led women’s Beginner Fly Fishing Instruction here on the Grey Reef section of the North Platte in Wyoming. This is a pressure-free, fun and informative way to get introduced to the sport of Fly Fishing, correct bad habits or brush up on your Fly Fishing skills.
Women often do not make time for themselves and it is sometimes hard to leave the day-to-day list of to-do’s. You will soon realize that the time spent standing in the river Fly Fishing quickly dissolves the rest of the world and you have a sense of oneness with nature and all your worries melt away.
The purpose of our Women’s Fly Fishing Program on the North Platte is to teach women how to Fly Fish!
There is a vast difference between teaching fly fishing & providing a fly fishing experience where the guide ties on all the flies, makes all the necessary adjustments and teaches you just enough to catch fish. At the end of the day, you will have caught a lot of fish, but did you learn anything that you can use on future trips without a guide?
Women’s Fishing School:
The Woman’s Fly Fishing Program is designed specifically for the novice to intermediate female angler. Whether you are curious about the sport or want to grow your skills in your newfound love, we provide a non-intimidating, fun and learning environment to allow you to be self-reliant on the river.
The next time you head to the river with the man in your life imagine the surprised and awed look on his face when you start out fishing him!
What will I learn?
You will learn the fundamentals of fly fishing and be able to put it all into practice. As a pressure-free environment we encourage an interactive class and keep in mind, there are no dumb questions in this class!
Fly Fishing Overview covers the topics below and much more:
Gear: As women we love our personal styles and the river is a wonderful place to express who you are. Do not let those fellas out there with the Simms head to toe gear and the buffs pulled over their faces intimidate you. We explain gear from waders and boots, rods and reels to all the terminal tackle you need for a successful day on the river.
Knot tying: Do you know the difference between a nail knot or a clinch or an open loop? Don’t worry, there are many anglers out there that after years of Fly Fishing still only know how to do one knot. We will review the basic knot tying and how to connect the leader to the tippet and how to tie a fly onto the end of the tippet. Women have a knack for tying knots, plain and simple. Don’t be surprised if the next time you are on the river you are asked to help tie on a fly for a fellow angler!
Casting: There is something magical about the back and forth casting motion in fly fishing and watching your fly land gracefully upon the water. Mending your line, getting the perfect drift and waiting in anticipation of “the eat” and then the line goes tight – “fish on”. Your stomach leaps to your throat as you see the color of that spotted up rainbow or pumpkin orange belly of that brown trout. How can you not help but be romantic about Fly Fishing with an experience like that.
It all starts with casting. Learning to cast is an integral part of Fly Fishing. We will review theory and put into practice the overhead cast, roll cast, waterhaul cast and the side-arm cast, perfect for dealing with the Wyoming wind.
Entomology: What is “matching the Hatch” and what all does it entail? There is a lot going on below the surface of the water and along the riverbanks. Being aware of what is hatching and pairing up your fly to match is vital to successful Fly fishing. Our class walks you through the four main insect orders: mayflies, caddisflies, midges and stoneflies and their hatch cycles. We then apply this knowledge to fly selection.
How to Read Water: In other words, finding those places in the river where the fish are likely to be based on their needs for oxygen, food and shelter. We break down the five major types of water in a river system: riffles, runs, pools, pockets and seams.
Includes: Professional Female Guide led instruction, waders & boots, rod & reel, lunch on the river.
Not Included: Terminal Tackle, guide gratuity, WY fishing license
This is a great option for those with hectic schedules or want to book a day with your best friend, mother or sister. Our Private Full Day Instruction is held both on land and water. We spend an hour riverside working on fundamentals of casting and rigging then move onto the river. Topics are tailored to your individual need.
Available Year Round
Design your own class:
This is a wonderful opportunity to bring art of fly fishing from a Professional Female Angler’s perspective. Book one of our cabins for your group and enjoy private instruction steps from the river. A wonderful option for a woman’s retreat, church group or ladies get-togethers! We can provide a customized program tailored for your event.
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