Women on the Water Cast a Line This Weekend
Twenty women are breaking stereotypes this weekend, getting their feet wet with fly fishing in the Pere Marquette River.
It’s the 2nd Annual Women on the Water, a weekend getaway by Schrems West Michigan Trout Unlimited.
The big goal: hooking in more female anglers.
Frank Willets is the owner of the Pere Marquette River Lodge. He said he enjoys seeing women learn how to fly fish and realize that it’s not as hard as it may seem.
“There’s a big stereotypes about fly fishing; that it’s really difficult and that it’s a man’s sport. It’s really not. Actually, in reality women do a lot better at it,” Willets says.
Anna Riling picked up a reel eight years ago. She recalls going out with a guide and falling in love with it immediately.
“It’s the most peaceful place you could be in the world. I would go on this river hands down hands down anytime over any vacation ever,” Riling says.
She encourages other women to get out on the water and experience it for themselves.
“It’s just beautiful, the smell, the feel of it, the water, the whole thing is just, you can’t describe it,” said Riling. “I want to see more women out here, you know, experience it with me so I’m not alone with all of these guys.”
Registration is closed for this Women on the Water getaway, however, Schrems offers multiple fishing trips for women throughout the year. You can see a list of their events at their website, Schrems West Michigan Trout Unlimited.