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Why I go to the river

Guest Post

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By Jill Alban

It’s May in Montana. And my husband and I have entered what we affectionately call “the crazy season.”

I’m not sure if it’s because of the long, cold nights that have us inside playing Scrabble through most of December and January – but once spring hits, we’re a little giddy. Grant wishes on his lucky star and puts in for the special moose or sheep tag that might just be in the cards later this year. I bike down to the farmer’s market to buy the jaunty, bright green starts that will turn into endless bowls of salad in a month’s time. We pull out the calendar, plan our backpacking adventures, and make grand goals to plant an herb garden or build a greenhouse in the long summer evenings after work.

And, of course, I pull out my fly box...

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Field Notes | Let’s grow old together (in waders!)


Last month, Dan and I headed out to Colorado to fly fish and toted the SHE Outdoor Waterfowl Waders across the country to finally do the field test.   

We rented a car in Denver and drove six hours to Durango (yes, we took the long way!), stopping only for a beer in Ouray.  Although charmed by the Alps like town, we couldn’t wait to get over the mountain because we were fly fishing in the morning!  

My entire family fly fishes but I’d only been a few times and Dan had only been once – we were giddy!  Since getting married in 2013, we had talked at length about what activity might be Dan fishing collagesuited for us to “grow old together” and without much debate, we settled on fly fishing...

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A Woman’s View: We Aren’t Just Gatherers

Guest Post


By Hannah J. Ryan

A social scientist, a fly fisherwoman, an archery huntress, and a hook and bullet daughter held court on an all-women panel at this year’s Rendezvous. Last year was the inaugural women in hunting and fishing panel at the yearly gathering of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers. This year I was honored with an invitation to sit on the panel.

 Stacy Keogh, a sociology professor at Whitworth University, kicked things off by presenting her findings about the motivations of women hunters. She interviewed 39 hunting women of various ages across 11 states and she shared a few of their responses as well as distinct themes in their responses. Many respondents said they recognize they are challenging gender norms by hunting, some mentioned how they enjoy challenging this norm...

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We have a winner!


gratsBrooke Vetter!  Selected at random from over 100 entries, Brook is the winner of the very awesome Rods, Reels and Heels giveaway!!  Check your inbox and congrats again from your friends at Camo is the New Black!!


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Valentine’s Day 2015: In the Field Gift Guide

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fly fishing kitWhat’s more romantic than a day in the field ?! Give the gift of gear!
// Syren Shotgun (these guns are made for women!!) // Simms Waders // Starter Fly Fishing Kit // Prois Hunting Jacket //

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