Somerset Women’s Fly Fishing Showcase

Women’s Showcase Speakers

Friday, January 27
  • 10:45 Anita Coulton – Fitness and Fly Fishing; How to Maximize Your Time on the Water
  • 11:45 Sheila Hassan – Demystifying Your Leader
  • 12:45 Jen Ripple – Tarpon in Tabasco – The Hottest New Tarpon Destination
  • 1:45 Alice Owsley – Dressing for Success
  • 2:45 Kiki Galvin – More Time Fishing Less Time With Equipment
  • 3:45 Jess McGlothlin – The Basics: Fly-fishing Photography
  • 4:45 Nome Buckman – Intimidation Factor Removed: Musky on the Fly
Saturday, January 28
  • 9:30 Marian Jayne – Paddleboard Fishing and Wading for Bonefish
  • 10:30 Sylvie Malo-Clark – A Season of a Lifetime Angling for Atlantic Salmon
  • 11:30 Jen Ripple – A History Lesson: The Only Story You Won’t Hear in Your Local Fly Shop
  • 12:30 Jackie Kutzer – In the Net: Connecting Women On and Off the Water
  • 1:30 Stephanie Winter – Matching the Hatch
  • 2:30 Sarah Gardner – Small People, Big Rods – Tackling Saltwater
  • 4:00 Trunk Show Social Hour
Sunday, January 29
  • 9:30 Women’s Breakfast – Jackie Kutzer & Kelly Butcha – The Reflections Pool: Women in the Angling Community
  • 10:30 Sara Low – Fishing the Catskills
  • 11:30 Peggy Brenner – An Overview of Women Only Fly Fishing Classes
  • 12:30 Erin Phelan – Bamboo Rods; History, Modern and Makers
  • 1:30 Alice Owsley – Beyond Beginners: Techniques to Take Your Fly Fishing to the Next Level
  • 2:30 Cameron Cipponeri – Fry Pan Anglers Women’s Only Fly Fishing Camp
Celebrated Speakers:

Peggy_BrennerPeggy Brenner:  Peggy resides in NH, one hour from some of the best saltwater and freshwater fly fishing in New England.  She has been tying for over two decades.  Her specialty is flies that fish well in New England and on down to the Florida Keys, starting with the basic trout and  saltwater flies, progressing to Classic Maine Streamers at United Fly Tyers and now Classic Salmon flies with a one year apprenticeship through the NH Council for the Arts; Traditional Arts Program. Newly retired, Peggy has her second apprentice through the same program for a year(2017) to pass on the skills. Peggy currently ties for a select group of customers, as well as giving instruction with a focus on ladies and childrens’ classes, presentations and demonstrations around the country.  Peggy was a feature fly tyer as part of the; “A Graceful Rise” exhibit featuring women of the past, present and future influential to the world of fly fishing at the American Fly Fishing Museum. Peggy is a Board member Fly Tying Group and Fly Tying Chair of the IFFF Faire (2017), past President of International Women’s Fly Fishers and Advisor to United Fly Tyers, as well as a member of several pro-staff teams including Whiting Farms, Partridge of Redditch, Regal and several others. Mostly she enjoys fly fishing with her husband and sharing the sport with others.

nome-buckmanNome Buckman: Nome is Executive Editor at DUN Magazine and a Guide for Reel North, LLC, where she chooses to focus her time and attention to guiding Musky on the fly.  In addition to her roles as Executive Editor and Guide, Nome is an educator and spends a vast majority of her time speaking, teaching and assisting at various fly fishing clinics throughout the Midwest.

Kelly_BuchtaKelly Buchta:  Kelly is the Northeast Regional VP/Diversity Initiative Coordinator for NJ State Council Trout Unlimited and serves as the Vice Chair of the Trout Unlimited National Leadership Council Diversity Initiative work group. In addition to her advocacy work at TU, She is President of the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum. When not teaching Literature, she is either tying classic wet flies, organizing angling events or smiling in a stream somewhere in the Northeast.

cameron-cipponeriCameron Cipponeri: Cameron started fishing at the age of 10 in Northern Michigan. After attending school at Oakland University, he worked at Bass Pro in their fly fishing department. Coming to colorado over 15 years ago, he has worked at Flying Pan Anglers where he has found his home. Guiding over 200 days a year, patience and a great sense of humor are two characteristics that help Cameron connect with his clients.

kiki_galvinKathleen “Kiki” Galvin:  Kiki is owner operator of Ms. Guided Fly Fishing Services.  She has been a volunteer for Casting for Recovery since 2001 and Project Healing Waters since 2007.  She has also served on the Board of Directors and visits Walter Reed Army Medical Center once a week to work directly with our wounded and disabled veterans.  In September, she will receive the Patriot Award, the highest award given for volunteer services to the organization.  She is presently on the TFO Pro Staff, Vice President of the Northern Virginia Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Former President of Chesapeake Women Anglers and has taught at the LL Bean Outdoor Discovery School of Fly Fishing.

Sarah-GardnerCaptain Sarah Gardner:  Sarah has been fly fishing for over 25 years and a full time charter boat captain for 18. Lefty Kreh took Sarah under his wing a number of years ago when she was a blossoming outdoor writer and angler. Today, she’s applied Kreh’s insights (and those of her husband, Brian Horsley) to become one of the best- known fly guides in the country. Sarah is a teacher by nature and a great casting instructor. She is a co-founder of Chesapeake Angling Women, one of the largest fly fishing clubs for women in the US, Team SAGE and Rio Pro Staff member & Patagonia Fly Fishing Ambassador. Sarah has written for Fly-Fishing in Saltwaters, Saltwater Fly Fishing, Saltwater Sportsman and Fly Fish America magazines. Personal beliefs on fly fishing: Mindfulness. You must always pay attention to what Mother Nature is telling you.

Sheila-HassanSheila Hassan:  Sheila is an International Federation of Fly Fishers Master Certified Casting Instructor, one of a handful of women with this credential. She is on the pro staff for TFO rods and Hatch Reels. Sheila is the director at the Wulff School of Fly Fishing and teaches casting seminars and private lessons throughout New England. She has traveled extensively, catching (and releasing) everything from bluegill to blue marlin. She is an IGFA world record holder for bonefish and bluefish. She has published two books on casting: Fly Casting: A Systematic Approach and Starting in the Salt.

Marian_JayneMarian Jayne:  Marian is co-owner and roving hostess of Beyond the Blue, an airboat bonefishing lodge in the Turks & Caicos Islands. Since the 1990’s, she and her husband, Bibo, have split their time between South Caicos and Florida homeschooling three sons, chasing bonefish on the pristine flats of the Caicos Bank and developing their charters from an unknown fishery into a world class bonefishing destination. While Bibo and their local partner serve as the fishing guides, Marian loves to introduce guests to the newly evolving sport of paddleboard fishing, which is quite thrilling since many of their clients are 70+ years old. With their youngest son nearing graduation, Marian is focusing on inspiring more women to get outside and join in the thrill of remote travel through adventure life coaching and a women-only bonefishing week in South Caicos.

jackie_kutzerJackie Kutzer:  Jackie has been fly fishing for 7 of her 11 years at Orvis.  A women’s advocate in the fly fishing industry, Jackie has taught women-only FF101s, hosted Orvis’ first Women’s-Only FF trip in Belize, and continues to engage and help women find their next fly fishing adventure.  In addition to her work with Orvis, she has been involved with Trout Unlimited’s Women’s Initiative since its inception 6 years ago.  As acting Ambassador to the Northeast, Jackie works with state councils and local chapters to help them engage women in their community and facilitate women-centric and diverse events.

Sara_LowSara Low:  Sara is a NY State-licensed fishing guide and fly-fishing instructor with almost 20 years experience organizing and leading fishing trips and teaching fly fishing. She enjoys introducing women to fly fishing both on the water and in lecture rooms. Her off-water ventures include serving as a director of Theodore Gordon Flyfishers, a New York river conservation organization and curating an award-winning museum exhibit, “The History of Women in Fly Fishing.” Her book A Guide’s Guide to Fly-Fishing Mistakes is a handbook for improving fly-fishing techniques. Sara is a partner in High Spirits Unlimited, a travel company specializing in unique fishing trips. She is on the Pro Staffs of Galvan Reels and Tycoon Tackle. In her previous career, Sara was in entertainment advertising, marketing all the great Broadway shows.

sylvie_malo-clarkSylvie Malo-Clark:  Sylvie resides in Durham Bridge, New Brunswick, Canada. During the fishing season you will find her angling for the wild Atlantic salmon mainly on the Miramichi, Cains, Restigouche and Grand Cascapedia rivers. She is a volunteer with the Fish Friends program where she shares her enthusiasm for the Atlantic salmon with many children in the province. She enjoys participating in fly fishing shows as a guest fly tier, instructor and speaker. She is part of the Regal Vise Pro Staff and the Partridge of Redditch hooks. She is currently on the Board of Directors of the International Women Fly Fishers organization. Most of all she enjoys sharing her love of fly fishing and making connection with anglers all around the world. You may follow her on Facebook.

jess_mcglothlinJess McGlothlin:  Jess is happiest on the road in the strange, far-off corners of the world.  She sees her mission as a simple one: tell stories.  Working as a freelance photographer and writer in the outdoor industry, while on assignment in the past year, she has learned how to throw spears at coconuts in French Polynesia, dodge saltwater crocodiles in Cuba, and eat all manner of unidentifiable food.  She’s based out of Bozeman, Montana.

Alice OwsleyAlice Owsley: 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 completed Joan Wulff’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-rippleJen Ripple: Jen is Editor-in-Chief of DUN Magazine and Executive Editor of a Tight Loop Magazine. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the IFFF, the VP of Northern Illinois at the Great Upper Midwest IFFF, and member of the Board of Directors for the Illinois Council of TU. 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 to connect and engage in the art of fly fishing.

Stephanie_WinterStephanie Winter: Stephanie grew up spending her summers in Montana with her family, but didn’t get completely hooked on fly fishing until she started working at the Big Hole Lodge the summer after graduating from Boston College.  She continues to guide for the Big Hole Lodge during the summer and teaches snowboarding in Killington, VT in the winter.  She also is a contributor to Postfly Box’s blog, The Wade.

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Join us Saturday from 4:00 – 6:00 pm for social hour! Time to meet our sponsors, network and have a great time.

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Join us Sunday morning at 9:30 for breakfast and a fun time to encourage each other in this sport we love!

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Jen Ripple, Showcase Project Coordinator jen@DUNMagazine.com 734-846-3708

Denver Women’s Fly Fishing Showcase

Women’s Showcase Speakers

Friday, January 6
  • 10:45 Cameron Cipponeri – Fry Pan Anglers Women’s Only Fly Fishing Camp
  • 11:45 Courtney Despos – An Independent Woman’s Guide to Fishing the West
  • 12:45 Mike Tayloe – Freestone First Aid: Considerations for the Women Angler
  • 1:45 Geri Meyer – In the Ladies’ Room – Fly Fishing Without Inhibition
  • 2:45 Jen Ripple – Fishing for Smallmouth on the Fly
  • 3:45 Sisters on the Fly – Meet the Sisters
  • 4:45 Nome Buckman – Intimidation Factor Removed: Musky on the Fly
Saturday, January 7
  • 9:30 Jackie Kutzer – The Reflection Pool: Women in the Angling Community
  • 10:30 Jen Ripple – A History Lesson
  • 11:30 Alice Owsley – Dressing for Success
  • 12:30 Jackie Kutzer – In the Net: Connecting Women On and Off the Water
  • 1:30 Kim Brannock – Fly Fishing – It’s Not Just About Trout
  • 2:30 Linda Leary – Building Confidence
  • 3:30 Trunk Show Social Hour
Sunday, January 8
  • 9:30 Heather Sees – Empowerment Through Conservation – The Greenbacks Story
  • 10:30 April Archer – Fish Your Story
  • 11:30 Colorado Women FlyFishers – CWF – Twenty Years of Fishing and Friendship
  • 12:30 Ross Guillen – The Path to Truly Doing It On Your Own

Main Showcase Women Presenters

DESTINATION AND ADVENTURE THEATER SEMINARS
Friday, January 6
  • 12:00 Alice Owsley – Seasonal Strategies for Yellowstone – DESTINATION THEATER
  • 4:00 Bessie Bucholz – Fly Fishing New Zealand: A Complete Guide – ADVENTURE THEATER
Saturday, January 7
  • 12:00 Bessie Bucholz – Fly Fishing New Zealand: A Complete Guide – ADVENTURE THEATER
  • 4:00 Alice Owsley – Seasonal Strategies for Yellowstone – DESTINATION THEATER
Sunday, January 8
  • 2:00 Bessie Bucholz – Fly Fishing New Zealand: A Complete Guide – ADVENTURE THEATER

Casting Instruction

Friday, January 6
  • 2:00 Alice Owsley
  • 2:15 Wendy Gunn
Saturday, January 7
  • 2:00 Wendy Gunn
Sunday, January 8
  • 2:00 Wendy Gunn
Presentations subject to change without notice

Celebrated Speakers: 

 

April Archer: As the CEO of SaraBella Fishing, April Archer is dedicated to building fly rods especially for women and girls.  April began to fly fish 16 years ago, and she serves as Education Co-Director for Colorado Women Flyfishers.  As a mother of 3 daughters, she loves to fish with her family and to inspire others to “fish their story.”

 

 

 

kim-brannockKim Brannock: Kim’s fondest memories were from the edges of the river with her family, learning to hop from rock to rock, being taught where fish hide and discovering that addicting tug on the end of the line.  She never dreamed back then that it would become a lifelong love that would lead her into product design, teaching kids, rescuing thousands of stranded trout and falling in love with her home river, the Deschutes, and then co-founding a non-profit on its behalf.  She believes firmly that if more people fall in love with our wild spaces there will be more guardians in the future to ensure their long-term health and viability.

 

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Nome Buckman: Nome is Executive Editor at DUN Magazine and a Guide for Reel North, LLC.  In addition to her roles as Executive Editor and Guide, Nome is an educator and spends a vast majority of her time speaking, teaching and assisting at various fly fishing clinics throughout the Midwest.

 

 

 

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Cameron Cipponeri:  Cameron started fishing at the age of 10 in Northern Michigan.  After attending school at Oakland University, he worked at Bass Pro in their fly fishing department.  Coming to colorado over 15 years ago, he has worked at Flying Pan Anglers where he has found his home.  Guiding over 200 days a year, patience and a great sense of humor are two characteristics that help Cameron connect with his clients.

 

 

 

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Colorado Women FlyFishers:  CWF is a non-profit organization formed in 1997 whose primary mission is to promote, encourage and educate women in the sport and ethics of fly fishing.  CWF is a sociable club, whose members are dedicated to providing a supportive environment where each CWF member can enhance her fly fishing knowledge, skills and enjoyment, thus fostering friendship and camaraderie among fellow women anglers.

 

 

courtney-desposCourtney Despos:  Courtney began fishing at an early age and opted to completely immerse herself in the lifestyle several years ago as an escape from a stressful corporate life. During this time she found peace in her experience that ignited a desire to share her passion with others. A self-proclaimed healthcare executive drop out, Courtney opted to leave her career for the banks of the river. Since then she has traveled the Western U.S. in pursuit of knowledge and trout. Her passion for fly fishing is second only to the desire to share this sport to others both on and off the water. Courtney has a true drive to eliminate intimidation and barriers for women looking to get into fly fishing.

 

 

ross-guillenRoss Guillen:  Born in New Mexico, Ross moved to Denver at a very early age.  After purchasing the Denver Fly Shop in May of 2015, he recreated the vision of the shop; from the logo to the business model.  Supporting the female angler has always been a major part of the mission, as can be seen with the level of women’s apparel, regular events and women working in the shop.  One of the best reviews ever received was by a local female angler, “It was refreshing going into the Denver Fly Shop and being treated like an angler…not a girl.”  Ross has been fishing the Colorado rivers for over 30 years, naming our Front Range waters as his home waters.

 

 

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Jackie Kutzer:  Jackie has been fly fishing for 7 of her 11 years at Orvis.  A women’s advocate in the fly fishing industry, Jackie has taught women’s-only FF101s, hosted Orvis’ first Women’s-Only FF Trip in Belize, and continues to engage and help women find their next fly fishing adventure.  In addition to her work with Orvis, she has been involved with Trout Unlimited’s Women’s Initiative since its inception 6 years ago.  As acting Ambassador to the Northeast, Jackie works with State Councils and local Chapters to help them engage women in their community and facilitate women’s-centric and diverse events.

 

 

 

 


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Linda Leary:  Linda is the President of Fairweather, 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 women, and spends her free time fly-fishing in Alaska wilds.

 

 

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Geri Meyer: Geri is the Owner and Operator of Athena & Artemis Women’s Online Fly Shop and Community, and is also Co-Owner of The Driftless Angler Fly Shop and Guide Service in Southwest 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 OwsleyAlice Owsley:  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 completed Joan Wulff’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-rippleJen Ripple: Jen is Editor-in-Chief of DUN Magazine and Executive Editor of a Tight Loop Magazine.  She is a member of the Board of Directors for the IFFF, the VP of Northern Illinois at the Great Upper Midwest IFFF, and member of the Board of Directors for the Illinois Council of TU.  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 to connect and engage in the art of fly fishing.

 

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Heather Sees:  Heather was born and raised in a very small town (Kushequa) 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.

 

 

sisters-on-the-flySisters on the Fly:  Becky and Maurrie are truly sisters. They were brought up by their adventurous mother Mazie who taught them how to enjoy the outdoors and become capable, independent women. In 1999, they were fishing in Montana with Austin Lowder, Maurrie’s son, when one of the sisters had the good luck to catch an 8-pound trout.  While celebrating with a glass of wine back at camp, they got to thinking, “We are having way too much fun to keep all the good times to ourselves. Let’s invite some of our girlfriends to come along on the next trip,” and Sisters on the Fly was born. Since that August day in 1999, SOTF has grown from two sisters to over 8,000 registered members.

 

 

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Mike Tayloe:  “Tayloe” has been involved in pre-hospital emergency care for the past two decades focusing on remote and wilderness medicine. As director of operations and co-founder of Katabatic Consulting/Finns West he has provided remote medical services from Mount Everest to Antarctica. Tayloe guides for several fly fishing outfitters in Colorado and for Lakutaia Heli Fishing in Cape Horn-Patagonia, Chile.  He has combined his passion for fishing with his profession as a wilderness and remote paramedic and educator to create a comprehensive, fun and important service for the fly fishing industry and community.

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Join us Saturday from 4:00 – 6:00 pm for social hour! Time to meet our sponsors, network and have a great time.

Bring your empty coffee mug and join us on Saturday morning at 9:30 am for a women’s breakfast while Jackie Kutzer leads us on the topic of “The Reflection Pool: Women in the Angling Community.”  This will be an inspiring and empowering time of networking and reflecting on the positives in our profession!  You will not want to miss this!

Jen Ripple, Showcase Project Coordinator – jen@DUNmagazine.com 734-846-3708