Fly Tying Pint Night 2019 Recap

In May, Rocky Mountain Sportswomen held a Fly Tying Pint Night at Storm Peak Brewing Company in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. After several weeks of preparation, we were excited for this collaboration event. The response it received was overwhelming.

The idea sparked from an Instagram post from Colorado Women Flyfishers, sharing their recent fly tying night. I reached out to them and had a wonderful conversation with the woman whom helped organize the event. I told her I had been wanting to do something similar here in Steamboat. She helped me come up with some ideas to put together our own Rocky Mountain Sportswomen fly tying night. Colorado Women Flyfishers is based out of Denver and has been around for many years! We hope to do an event together in the future. Check them out!

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I connected with a few Colorado Chapter Leaders from Project Healing Waters, a National organization that helps heal wounded veterans and active military through fly fishing. We developed the idea to donate all the flies that are tied at the event to Project Healing Waters, more specifically for their annual women’s trip. I am really excited to have partnered up with them, and hope to do more events with them in the future. Read more about what they do here!

Wes from Steamboat Flyfisher was a major help in bringing all the gear together. we were able to borrow 25 fly tying vices from the Steamboat Springs Middle School Fly Fishing Club. Wes also donated materials from the shop and his own time to help teach us the art of fly tying. Alice Tesar, a guide from Steamboat Flyfisher, and April Lassiter were also gracious enough to donate their time to help teach us ladies how to tie zebra midges and San Juan worms.

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On the night of the event, Storm Peak Brewing was a bustling place.we had three tables reserved for us. Our bartender, Abby, was incredibly nice, and handled the busy night very well. She is now a Rocky Mountain Sportswomen fan, and hopefully, soon-to-be participant! The beer tasted great as we got the materials set up for our ladies. Overall we had twenty six participants. There were a lot of new faces that hadn’t participated in any of our events yet. We all started off with San Juan worms, which is a pretty basic and easy fly to start with. They are fairly effective too! After getting some practice in, we moved on to the zebra midge, another popular, yet simple fly. It was incredible to see the sense of pride on everyone’s faces at their ability to tie their own fly. Overall, I believe there was a lot learned during this clinic, considering the majority of the ladies who attended, including myself, had never tied flies before.

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With donations from Steamboat Flyfisher, BAP, Straightline Sports, and Umpqua, we were able to do some fun giveaway prizes for the ladies who came out! With so much support and positive feedback,  This event has me feeling excited for future Rocky Mountain Sportswomen events. Each event seems to be better than the last.

As we all get ready for summer, Jaime and I have a ton of ideas for Rocky Mountain Sportswomen events. Stay tuned for announcements of our upcoming events. If you have any ideas, or may know someone who would like to connect and help put on an event, please reach out! We are always open to new ideas and connections, and want to continue to provide this outlet for women to get into fishing and/or hunting.

Ladies on Ice! 2019 Ice Fishing Outing Recap

April 7th, 2019 was a day to remember! It was the day of our very first outing as Rocky Mountain Sportswomen. With the ice fishing season quickly coming to an end I wanted to make a solid effort on squeezing this event in before it was too late. This was also the perfect time to renew fishing licenses since the 2019 season started on April 1st. The rangers at Stagecoach State Park were generous enough to reserve 20 rods, a couple of gas augers, and some bait for us to use. The week of the event, I was starting to get nervous about the amount of ice on the lake, and the accessibility for getting out there safely. However, the ice remained about 18-20 inches thick, with some slush on the top. Thankfully the weather was beautiful, warm, and sunny, and encouraged us to tough it out and trudge through the slush with our high top water boots. Thank goodness for those.

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Walking onto the ice was a little bit nerve racking with the surprise of stomping through slush, but we managed to find some hard spots to set some chairs up and start drilling holes. We were even able to stomp through some holes that had been made before and froze over again. Shout out to our buddies Mike and Jarrett for drilling some extra holes for us with the augers! After the nervousness and anxiety of walking onto the ice wore off a bit, we handed out some rigged up poles and started fishing! The young girls that joined us with their mothers were superstars and had a blast scooping out the ice chunks in the holes. A few of them even felt the thrill of a fish biting the bait. It was so amazing seeing these girls sharing this new experience with their mothers. They were hands on the whole time and even braved holding some of the fish that were caught throughout the day.

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The first fish caught was by Lauren! This was her first time ice fishing as well, and you could see the excitement in her face! I was so happy to see she was the first to catch one. That moment, in my mind, was what made me feel like the event was a complete success. Caitlin, one of our most experienced ice fisher out there, caught several, and was a huge help teaching different techniques and tying rigs. Several of us went empty handed, but still had an amazing time sharing the company of new friends, enjoying the sun, and experiencing this adventure together. Jaime even caught a crawfish!

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We are so excited about the community we are building among us Sportswomen here in the Colorado Rockies. The goal is to encourage each other, teach and learn together, and have fun! This was a great event, and we are looking forward to many more summer activity outings this year, and for a winter full of more ice fishing together! If you ever have any ideas, suggestions, or would like to help host an event, please contact us. We are open to all ideas, and are always looking to grow.

I would like to give a special thanks to Stagecoach State Park for their support in this new journey as a sisterhood we are taking on!

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