Women tend to be excellent flyfishermen. This makes perfect sense, as patience and precision typically trump power and bravado on the trout stream. Many guides concur that rolling back the effects of testosterone can help turn a slow day around. And while the number of female anglers increases incrementally, so too do the ranks of top-notch female flyfishing guides. Lori-Ann Murphy and her crew at Reel Women Fly Fishing Adventures work the oars on some of the best and most technically challenging rivers in the West. These ladies can flat-out fish. More info: 208-787-2657;

Next Best: Patty Reilly, Jackson, Wyoming She actually isn’t next best to anyone-Patty is the original mentor of many women anglers and considered to be one of the premiere guides in the world. More info: 307-734-2716;