By Kirk Deeter
Okay, so now that I have your attention, believe it or not, there's a very serious message to be shared about the state of the fly fishing world. The sport is too male-dominated. And it is suffering as a result.
Thankfully, there are indeed many great female icons of the sport like Joan Wulff, Patty Reilly, Wendy Gunn, Lori-Ann Murphy, Diana Rudolph, lately April Vokey and others.
The root of the problem is gear, or the lack thereof for women. Okay, before you send the hate mail, fly fishing gear manufacturers, I will acknowledge that many of you do offer good products for women. Orvis has a long track record of making nice things for women fly fishers.
Lately, Redington has really made a push in the women's product area; my wife is wearing the Willow River waders and absolutely loves them. Simms has a solid product lineup for female anglers.