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‘I define myself as an angler’: Meet Erica Nelson, Native Fly Fishing Guide, female

I live in Wyoming, so anyone I meet online will be three hours away. Several men, many of them fishing guides, were available to answer questions (and I had a lot of them). After building trust, I went fishing for the weekend, where I learned basic casting, insect trapdoor models, truss engineering, and equipment maintenance. That first fish is a lot of things: It’s excitement, achievement, reinforcement. They say tug is a drug. It’s like gambling; you just want more.

Your podcast is called “Awkward Angler”. How awkward are you?

When I started fishing, I had picturesque images of a big, long, dramatic cast like Brad Pitt in “A River Runs Through It.” What I experienced instead was turning my back and hooking my fly into the tall tree branches behind. I fell on slippery rocks. It turns into a lot of patience, frustration, and debugging. I caught more plants than fish. I know nothing about how to handle a fish or how to properly remove a hook. Maybe it’s good that I didn’t catch anything at first.

On top of that, I walked into a flying shop and didn’t run into anyone like me. I started the Awaken Angler Instagram account to continue asking for advice, but also to connect with others around the world and across the US Who else is out there fishing and looking and thinking like this? I’m not? Is there anyone who isn’t a white male? I have ended up meeting women of color, non-hybrid anglers, transgender anglers, anglers with mental disabilities or with different physical abilities.

Is there more variety in sports now than when you started?

When I started fishing in 2016, there may have been brown people flying fishing, but I don’t know any, and I’ve never seen them. In the entire state of Colorado there are no female guides of color. Now there’s a woman from outside Colorado Springs and I.

After George Floyd was killed, people have realized that racism still happens in this country, and it flows down to fishing. Since the beginning of the pandemic, a lot of new people are trying to catch flies for the first time and we are starting to see a shift in demographics. I’ve had people with marginalized identities like LGBTQ+ and the unlabelled, women, women of color reach out to connect and express my appreciation that I’m not afraid to speak up for our voices. and we. And they’re booking as customers, so I’m going to take them out and recommend them fishing.

What is the Angling for All Commitment?

The Angling for All Commitment includes a training program on diversity, equity and inclusion, and is committed to addressing racism and inequality in fishing and its industry.

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/19/travel/female-indigenous-fly-fishing-guide.html ‘I define myself as an angler’: Meet Erica Nelson, Native Fly Fishing Guide, female

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