HERS Tying Clinics
Alaska Fly Fish HERS (formerly known as Women’s Wader Wednesday) met at The Dome on January 17th at 4:00 for casting practice, sharing, and learning. It was chilly outside but warm and cozy under the dome. Brian Underwood from the management of the Alaska Dome graciously donated the space for this occasion. It is a wonderful facility for this kind of an event.
Three of the advanced casters shared much needed tips with the rest of the group. My new theme song is “Staying Alive” by the BeeGees, who knew I needed a 4 beat song to slow my casting speed down? Now I know that and that more practice is needed before the start of the fishing season.
This group has been in start up mode for seven short months and the response from the Alaska Fly Fishers’ membership has been extraordinary. At the last board meeting the organization was officially recognized as the club’s outreach program to women in the community and the development of their angling skills. These goals are being met with broad support of club members and with the graciousness of community businesses and organizations to host events. You can look at the postings on Facebook under Women’s Waders Wednesday to see the fun.
We could use some help for 2 upcoming outreach opportunities: the February 7 Anchorage Sportsman’s Warehouse Ladies Night, and the February 9 Wasilla Sportsmen’s Warehouse Ladies Night.
Wednesday, February 22, from 6:00-8:00pm we will host an evening of skill building and equipment preparation for the upcoming season, including indoor practice rods being available to try out, demonstration of what to pack for a trip, cleaning and preparing rods, reels and flies.
Brenda Brown, VP and Women’s Program Coordinator