“My name is Hillary Walrath and I work for Trout Unlimited in Green River, WY. I was recently appointed as the chairperson for Wyoming TU’s very first women’s committee. “What is that?” you might be thinking. As I’m sure you’re very well aware, fly-fishing (and fishing in general) is a very male-dominated sport and it can be intimidating for a woman to get into. As a result, women are far out-numbered by men when it comes to fishing and participating with Trout Unlimited. The purpose of this committee is to help make Trout Unlimited a place more welcoming to female anglers, grow the number of women in our ranks and encourage female volunteer leadership within the chapters and the Wyoming Council. But the committee is missing something crucial……WOMEN!
That’s where you come in. You are invited to join me and other fisherwomen from across the state to help decide the future of this committee (and make some new fishing buddies)! I have reserved several cabins and a meeting/dining hall at the Sinks Canyon Center outside of Lander, WY for August 9-11th, 2013. This location was chosen because it is centrally located for everyone and we can fish the Middle Fork of the Popo Agie River out our front door. You can check out the awesome accommodations at their website here: http://www.cwc.edu/what/outreachcenters/sinkscanyoncenter. The plan is to get in on Friday night and get to know each other, fish Saturday morning and have an afternoon/evening discussion on what the committee should do and who would be interested in being a part of it. Then we will part ways Sunday morning. One more thing to add to this already awesome event: the Wyoming Trout Unlimited Council has graciously agreed to cover the cost! So, this event will be free for anyone who wants to be a part of this exciting new initiative.
Some ideas for what this committee can do: have a few meetings annually to discuss and form events, such as an annual women’s fishing trip, that will promote women involvement with Trout Unlimited. The committee members can also be advocates for the casting for recovery program in Wyoming. This will involve taking local past program participants fishing occasionally. You can learn more about this amazing program here: http://castingforrecovery.org/wordpress/cfr-wyoming/ . Anyways, those are some ideas and I would love to hear more from you. If you can’t make the trip but would like to get involved, contact me. Please feel free to email me at email@example.com or call me at (307) 751-3621 to reserve your spot. The sooner you know if you can make the trip, the better so I can arrange extra sleeping accommodations if need be. Please rsvp for this event no later than July 1st , so I can plan meals accordingly. If you know of anyone else who would be interested, please pass this email along. This event is open to any woman who is interested in fishing and getting involved with TU. Thank you for taking the time to read this email and I really look forward to having tight lines with you this summer!
Currently all of the cabin space at the Sinks Canyon Center is full of attending women, but if you don’t mind pitching a tent at the Centrer please feel welcome to attend!