Tom Helgeson, who passed away last fall, was great in promoting women in the sport of fly fishing.
Every year at the Expo, Tom had encouraged the club to participate in a program and acquire a booth. The club's presence was a great way to promote the club and sign up new members. This year with Tom's family continuing the Great Waters Expo and the overwhelming participation of the fly fishing community, the club is excited to present a panel discussion on:
Fly Fishing from a Woman's Viewpoint
The panel consists of:
Wendy Williamson, fishing guide
Kathy Scott, author
Donna Smith, certified casting instructor
Colleen Trayser, Simms rep
Cathy Sero, Reeling and Healing president.
The panel discussion will be held on Saturday at 2:30-4:00 pm in the Conference Suite 1.
Did you see the Oprah show on Yosemite National Park? Oprah and Gayle go fly fishing in Yosemite. How about some exposure for the women's fly fishing club in Minnesota. As their mission statement - To promote personal enrichment for women through fly fishing education, experiences and concern for the environment, Fly Fishing Women of Minnesota is very active in helping women learn, mentor, and improve their fly fishing skills. They participate in promoting conservation through fly fishing activities as well community involvement in teaching women how to fly fish. Their website: www.flyfishingwomenmn.com list their events for the 2011 and information about their club and how to join.
These women have a passion for the outdoors and get together with others who enjoy this sport. They have developed friendships and increased their knowledge as they meet and enjoy fly fishing in the rivers and lakes of Minnesota and Wisconsin.
A winter fly fishing trip is planned in March in southeast Minnesota. Will have to get the scoop on how they did!
The Great Waters Expo put on by Tom Helgeson, who passed away last November after a brief battle with cancer, will continue this year. It will be held at the National Sports Center in Blaine on April 1-3, 2011. This year's event will be dedicated to his memory. Tom was passionate about fly fishing and promoting the stewardship of our natural resources. The fly fishing community looks forward to this gathering. Be sure to check out our Fly Fishing Women of Minnesota booth. Look forward to seeing all of you there!