If you're looking to book a fun week on the water with other women, check out these fly fishing trips!
While most women who've been fishing since they were kids learned from a father figure, it's generally easier for ladies to learn from other ladies. It can also be much more enjoyable to head off on a girls getaway than to feel the need to prove your fly fishing skills to a group of guys.
Whether you're a newbie wanting to learn the ropes from other females or a seasoned angler planning a fly fishing outing for your like minded friends, there's a perfect destination for you to escape testosterone and enjoy a ladies-only adventure.
While most outfitters and lodges don't serve an exclusively female clientele, many offer special packages and events for women, and a select few booking services coordinate trips strictly for lady anglers. For an all women fly fishing trip, these are your best bets.
Reel Women Fly Fishing Adventures
Co-founded by Lori-Ann Murphy in 1992, Reel Women Fly Fishing Adventures is an award winning operator of fly fishing classes, clinics, and exciting trips. With impressive client to instructor ratios, their Reel Women Guide School and Back to Basics classes help lady anglers learn and improve technique, provide answers to common questions, and offer tailored instruction based on individual needs. Private clinics and fly fishing trips are also available, but these are some of their most popular group destinations to consider.
Belize Permit Quest
Head to beautiful Belize in the Caribbean for the trip of a lifetime in pursuit of the elusive permit. This Reel Women Fly Fishing Adventures saltwater trip includes five days of guided fishing and six nights at the Hol Chan Reef Resorts and Villas in an area with a large population of permit. Team clinics on the flats will help you improve your fly fishing skills and land a fish for the books. These trips are open to anglers of any skill level. Typically scheduled for February, full trip packages cost between $3,195 and $3,495 depending on your chosen accommodations.
Madison River Trip
Timed around the July salmon fly hatch on the Madison River in Montana, this trip from Reel Women Fly Fishing Adventures boasts prime fishing in a scenic setting. The six-day, seven-night trip includes three days of fishing from drift boats with guides and three days wading various sections of the iconic river. Anglers have the option to fish solo or get guidance as well as the chance to participate in clinics with Lori-Ann Murphy. This trip, which includes a stay at the El Western in Ennis, Montana also rings in between $3,195 and $3,495 depending on your chosen accommodations.
Yellowstone River Trip
Fall in Big Sky Country offers incredible views and great fishing for big brown trout. This trip features three days of guided fishing along the Yellowstone River surrounded by wildlife and beautiful scenery. The package includes four nights lodging at the Shorthill Lodge near Livingston, Montana in Paradise Valley for $2,995.
Sisters on the Fly
Founded in 1999 by Maurrie Sussman and Rebecca Clarke, Sisters on the Fly boasts a current membership of over 800 female fly anglers with members in all 50 states as well as three other countries. Membership costs $70 per year and includes a variety of benefits including access to exclusive members-only meetups, activities, and trips. While an event calendar is not publicly available to outsiders, their sample events calendar includes multi-stop adventures through the Florida Keys, campground outings in Arizona, and an exciting event on the Big Hole River. These are reportedly friendly on the wallet too.
Women's Fly Fishing Alaska
With over 30 years in business under owner Linda Leary, Women's Fly Fishing offers incredible opportunities for any woman to experience angling in Alaska. In addition to in-person fly fishing classes and the FUNdamentals Summer Camp for girls ages 10-15, Women's Fly Fishing also hosts trips in Alaska and other areas throughout the year. You can gather a group of girlfriends or head north solo, and fly anglers of all skill levels are welcome. In fact, their website says they specialize in helping beginners succeed. These are just a couple of their coolest trip options.
Alaska Swinging for Steelhead
Head to Yakutat, Alaska for a bucket list trip and catch world class steelhead. The trip package includes three days of fully guided fly fishing and all required gear as well as four nights lodging at the Glacier Bear Lodge. The trip falls around mid-May for under $3,000 per person.
Kings & Reds on the Naknek
Spend early July on one of Alaska's most famous fishing rivers during this women only trip. You'll fish for king salmon with spin gear as well as red salmon with fly rods on the incredible Naknek River. The exciting trip package includes three days of professionally guided fishing, fishing gear, and full fish processing for transporting your take home. It also includes three nights lodging at the Bear Trail Lodge and roundtrip airfare from Anchorage to King Salmon at $3,990 per person.
TROUTtacular Adventure on the Henry's Fork
Although Women's Fly Fishing Alaska is obviously best known for their trips within the state, the company also operates trips to other destinations including the Pacific Northwest and the Bahamas. TROUTtacular Adventures take place on the legendary Henry's Fork River in Island Park, Idaho. As the name suggests, the trip offers three days of fully guided fishing for tons of trout as well as fly fishing equipment and four nights lodging at the Trout Hunters Lodge. Trips fall in July for $2,600 per person.
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