Edison Women’s Fly Fishing Showcase
- Program Schedule
- Presenter Bios
- Women's Showcase Sponsors
- Saturday Trunk Show Social
- Sunday Morning Breakfast and Roundtable
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Women’s Showcase Speakers: Coming Soon!
Celebrated Speakers: Coming Soon!
2018 Showcase Sponsors to be announced
Join us Saturday from 4:00 – 6:00 pm for social hour! Time to meet our sponsors, network and have a great time.
Denver Women’s Fly Fishing Showcase
Women’s Showcase Speakers:
Friday – January 5, 2018
10:00 Jen Ripple The History of Women in Fly Fishing
11:30 April Archer Current Trends, Data and News in Fly Fishing
1:00 Heather Hodson Creating Your Community
2:30 Geri Meyer Fishing While Female
4:00 Mia & Marty Sheppard Intro to Double-Handed Rods and Spey Casting
Saturday – January 6, 2018
9:30 Heather Sees The Mayfly Project – Mentoring Foster Children Through Fly Fishing
11:00 Alice Owsley Fly Fishing 201 – Advancing Your Skillset
12:30 Geri Meyer Real Conversations on What’s New In Women’s Fly Fishing
2:00 Mia & Marty Sheppard Intro to Double-Handed Rods and Spey Casting
3:30 Women’s Showcase Social Hour
Sunday – January 7, 2018
9:00 Women’s Breakfast
10:30 Michelle Cummings The Real Story Behind Reel Sisters
11:30 Alice Owsley Fly Fishing 201 – Advancing Your Skillset
1:00 Linda Leary Bucket List Fishing – Stories of Fishing from the Last Frontier and Beyond
2:30 Heather Hodson Creating Your Community
April is the CEO of SaraBella Fishing and lives in Denver, Colorado. She loves building fly rods, teaching women and girls, collaborating with community partners, and of course fishing with her family.
Michelle started writing Reel Sisters in 2009 when the economy crashed. Being self-employed, she was trying to be pro-active in creating income for her family in case the corporate training industry was dry for a few years. She wrote about 50,000 words in the first year and then her writing took a back burner when life got busy. Her book was just published in 2017 and is gaining momentum. Michelle’s professional life consists of creating and facilitating team building activities and programs, as well as leadership development programs. At her core, she loves to provide opportunities for people to learn something new about themselves in a way that is fun and engaging. She is the Founder of Training Wheels, a team building organization, and Co-Founder of Personify Leadership, a leadership development company. Michelle grew up on a farm in Norton, Kansas and currently lives in Littleton, Colorado with her husband and two boys.
Heather Hodson Heather works hard to play even harder. If she’s not saving lives as a Critical Care RN, you’ll find her traveling the country in search of new water to fish, hosting outings for women throughout the west, and teaching fly fishing classes. Heather founded United Women on the Fly in hopes of building a community, sharing knowledge and giving back to various fishing and conservation groups. Heather currently holds the position of Western US Women’s/Diversity Ambassador for Trout Unlimited. Her passion for conservation, getting women involved in fly fishing, and enthusiasm to think outside the box is infectious.
Linda is the President of Fair-weather, LLC and the Deadhorse Aviation Center, LLC. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maine and a master’s degree in global supply chain management from the University of Alaska Anchorage. A longtime Alaskan, Linda is active in several leadership roles throughout Alaska. She currently serves on the board of directors for both the Alaska Railroad and Rasmuson Foundation. Linda and her husband Mike call Alaska their home and visit their two grown sons in the Lower-48 as often as possible. Linda created FisheWear, a stylish and functional fly fishing clothing line for some, and spends he free time fly fishing in Alaska wilds.
Geri Meyer Geri is the Owner and operator of Athena & Artemis Women’s online Fly Shop/Community, and is also co-owner of The Driftless Angler Fly Shop and Guide Service in SW Wisconsin, where she guides the spring creeks of Wisconsin’s Driftless area. Geri is fiercely committed to introducing more women into the sport of fly fishing, as well as committed to helping carve out a space for women in the fly fishing industry.
Alice was born in Ohio and introduced to fly fishing at a young age on the spring creeks of Northeast Ohio. She moved out west after graduating from college to pursue a career in the fly fishing industry. She currently operates Riverside Anglers guide service out of West Yellowstone, Montana. Alice has been guiding for 15 years on the Madison, Henry’s Fork and waters of Yellowstone National Park, teaching clients of all skill levels her trout catching ways. In 1999, she competed Joan wolf’s Fly Casting Instructor Course. She is a Simms Guide Ambassador and member of the ClackaCraft prostaff and a licensed outfitter in Montana since 2004.
Jen is Principal at Fly Squared Media, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of DUN Magazine, and Publisher of other outdoor magazines. She is a member of the Board of Directors for Fly Fishers International and member of the Board of Directors for AFFTA. When not on the water, she spends her time empowering women in fly fishing by teaching fly tying and fly casting clinics, speaking nationwide on issues regarding women in fly fishing and devoting her time to conservation efforts through nonprofits. A sounding board for women in this currently male-dominated sport, Jen has created a home base for women worldwide through DUN to connect and engage in the art of fly fishing.
Heather was born and raised in a very small town in Northwest Pennsylvania. Growing up she spent the summers with her family spin fishing the small creeks in the Allegheny National Forest. Shortly after moving to Colorado, she decided to take up fly fishing and it has been her passion/obsession! Heather is the president of The Greenbacks/Colorado Trout Unlimited. As part of this role, she spends the majority of her time and focus on engaging, educating and empowering the younger generation to become our next conservation stewards.
Mia is a world champion spey caster, accomplished guide, conservationist, upland bird hunter, skier, and mother. She grew up in Tennessee, chasing trout and hiking the beautiful Great Smoky Mountains. Fly fishing caught her attention in 1996 and in 2003, Mia started her guiding career on the John Day River. When she isn’t on the river, or being a mother, she is working to conserve public lands for the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership.
Marty was born and raised in Oregon and grew up on the banks of the Sandy River. With his dad as tutor and angling mentor, Marty landed his first steelhead at the age of five. Much of his fly-fishing inspiration came from devouring books, especially those written by insightful naturalists as Roderick Haig-Brown and Bill McMillan. In the 1990s, his mentor, Steve Kruse took Marty underwing and taught him the art of Spey casting. Perhaps it should come as no surprise that all these elements now manifest themselves as Marty’s unbounded enthusiasm for guiding—backed up by two decades of professional experience in the “field”—and an almost missionary zeal for teaching others and sharing in the pure joy of rivers.
Together, Mia and Marty purchased Little Creek Outfitters in 2003, guiding anglers into steelhead, trout and smallmouth bass on Oregon Rivers.
When there aren’t guiding they are chasing steelhead somewhere in the Pacific Northwest or skiing down a mountain with their daughter Tegan. The husband wife duo have contributed to publications and books such as Sean Gallager’s, Wild Steelhead, Chris Santella’s 50 Places to Fly Fish Before You Die, Swing the Fly and DUn Magazine. The Sheppard’s also share a common passion for conservation and actively support organizations such as, the Oregon Wildlife Heritage Foundation the Deschutes River Alliance, The Fly Fishing Collaborative, Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership and Casting For Recovery. If Oregon is on your list of 50 places to fish before you die, definitely reach out to the Sheppard’s for an excellent experience. www.oregonsteelhead.com
Join us Saturday from 4:00 – 6:00 pm for social hour! Time to meet our sponsors, network and have a great time. Appetizers will be served and there will be a cash bar. We are also doing GIVE AWAYS! You will not want to miss it!
Bring your empty coffee mug and join us on Saturday morning at 9:30 am for a women’s breakfast. This is going to be an uplifting time to hang out and find out the positives going on in women’s fly fishing! You will not want to miss it!
Jen Ripple, Showcase Project Coordinator – jen@DUNmagazine.com 734-846-3708