This unique short film gives us some insight into the perspective of female anglers in a male-dominated industry.
A brief look into the daily life of 27-year-old Camille Egdorf provides some perspective into the growing trend of increased outdoor participation among young adult women. She attributes her success as one of the industry’s top anglers to a childhood spent helping run her parents’ salmon camp in remote Alaska. Her mother says that fishing was never forced upon her; it just came naturally.
“If I were instead of a daughter, a son, he wouldn’t have raised me any differently. He raised me the same as if I were his son, and as a result of that, my whole outlook on life has been that gender doesn’t matter. Just because you’re a girl doesn’t mean you can’t do something,” says Egdorf
In a competitive guide industry, she began taking clients on the water at 18 years old. “She was good. She knew how to run the boat, she knew how to run the river, and she knew where the fish were,” says her father, Dave Egdorf.
“I’m proud of my daughter all the time. I didn’t have to wish for her to be something, she was always accomplishing more than I expected.”
Taking on the responsibility of being a role model to other women is something she takes seriously. With growing participation among young women in outdoor recreation, not just in fishing but hunting as well, she gives visibility to her counterparts and predecessors, sets an example of leadership for those following her path, and perspective to those that she demands respect.