Category Archives: fishing

Knot Tying & Practice Event

Spring is coming are you prepared to spend less time tying knots when you fish?  Join  a social group of FFWMN Members to practice before you fish.   We will have ropes and eyelets to practice on a larger format so you can see what you are doing.  A handout of 4 basic knots will be available.  We will also show you a great website to find clear animations of knot tying.

This is a free event but we would like you to sign up so we have registration numbers.  (Please sign up by clicking on the title of this post!)

Bass Fishing Event August 19

Ellison Park in Monticello is where we will meet – Maybe at 8:30 or 9 am before it gets too hot. Wading from shore is what most do. There’s is no dock that I have seen.

Linda will bring a grill – please bring an item to share.

A 6 to 8 weight rod is good if you have one. Wooly buggers, streamers, poppers, muffler minnow, crayfish flies are good.

Viroqua Fishing Trip 2015

There was a full house with 12 of us at the Romance Valley Retreat near Viroqua, Wisconsin for a weekend of fly fishing the first weekend in June. We carpooled from the Cities to a rented vacation house near miles of incredible trout streams in the Driftless Region of Wisconsin. Everyone brought their own equipment and while there was no formal instruction, everyone had tips to share. We stopped at the Driftless Angler for advice on flies and streams. If you haven’t fished this area, you will want to join us next year. These are fun photos of the night before fishing but if you have some photos of people actually catching some fish, please email them to and I’ll post them.

Viroqua 2015 Knot tying

Viroqua 2015 Concentrating

Viroqua 2105 Comparing flies
Viroqua 2105 Comparing flies

Viroqua 2015 prep Relaxing in the evening

Majoring in Fly Fishing?

Cindy W and students_GustavusMembers of Fly Fishing Women of Minnesota provided some fly fishing instruction to a January Term class from Gustavus Adolphus College. The class, Minnesota Aquatic Stewardship, taught by Biology Instructor Eric Elias, included basic fly fishing and fly tying instruction along with BUG information.  For a final class activity, 19 students and 6 fishing mentors came together at Whitewater State Park for a cold day of fly fishing.  Three FFWNMN members-Carol Morton, Cindy Winslow and Ellen Murphy-instructed the 8 women students along the riverbank and in the stream. Professor Elias felt women added a unique flavor to fly fishing so asked for participation from club members. We happily agreed to do it again next year!

Ellen M and Gustavus student
Ellen & her Gustavus student

Bass Camp 2013

Bass Camp, 2013, started at the park in Chatfield, MN, so that we could meet our mentors and volunteers for the day and get out on the Root River for a day of some bass fishing (and whatever else we might catch!).

It was a gorgeous morning and appeared that it would be a sunny and not-too-hot day.

There were seven of us and five mentors–an excellent ratio. Vaughn and Grace would be in one boat, Dan and Jodie and Sally in another, and Mike and Joan and Monta in the third. Ellen and Marlene would be wading and casting as would Mike and Trish.

It was a great day to be out and it was fun to do some “catching!”


Seated: Vaughn Snook (who works for the DNR fish hatchery), Marlene Huston (member of our group and Certified Casting Instructor), Mike Llewellen (Troutlaws Fly Fishing Guide). Standing: Dan Michener (TroutLaws Fly Fishing Guide) and Mike Carpenter (Certified Casting Instructor).
Vaughn, Sally and Mike getting revved up with some coffee!
Marlene gets in a little practice before departure time.
Launching the boats and getting ready. Pictured: Vaughn
Mike and Dan.

Sally casts for a nice bass.
What a gorgeous day on the river!
Dan prepares to land Sally’s bass.
Nice bass, Sally!
While the women were getting re-settled after Sally’s catch, Dan caught one also! It takes a man who is confident in himself to allow a photo of a small rock bass!
Jodie with her catch, Dan with the white popper that worked, and Sally’s finger on the lens!
Grace’s nice catch, which she thought was a rock until the bass jumped out of the water.
Group photo: Front: Joan, Marlene, Grace and Sally. Back: Monta, Trish, Ellen and Jodie.


Fishing Nights in the Metro July 7 2013

One of our many summer activities has been “Get your Fly on Fishing Around Town.”

We try to set something up for Tuesdays and the folks who can make it or are interested just show up and all have a great time. It is a wonderful way to meet more women who are interested in fly fishing and to focus on our MANY local lakes. Each evening is an adventure and lots of fun.

On June 18, a small group (only Trish) fished on Bush Lake in Bloomington.

On July 2, a little larger group fished at Square Lake in Washington County. It was an awesome night with wonderful weather and the water temperature was perfect for wading.

After we had enough of casting (and catching) we visited the Brookside Bar and Grill in Marine for a bite to eat (of course) and a nice visit around the campfire.
These outings have been a real success this summer!

A distant photo of part of the group: L to R–Nancy, Monica, Kendra, Margaret, Laurie and Linda.
Kendra and Laurie enjoy the wading in the calm water that evening
Some of the group waded and some fished from the fishing pier. Above Grace caught a “keeper sunnie” but, (in the spirit of our group) released it. Monta (our photographer this evening, and not pictured) caught a few sunfish “chips.”
Cindy fished from the pier also.