First, lets start with the good news...
Women make better fly fishermen than men!
Out of the thousands of lessons that I have given over the years, the number of ladies having Fly Fishing Lessons has definitely increased. Women's Fly Fishing Clubs are springing up in parts of the country and casting is now being specifically promoted to women for it's health benefits.
Fly fishing is definitely suited to women and more women should take part. The reality is that people who fly fish are sociable, intelligent, friendly and welcoming and they are especially helpful and supportive to beginners. I prefer teaching women as they are more attentive, progress quickly, make better casters, and are generally excellent pupils making for an enjoyable lesson for all involved.
If you're thinking about taking the plunge, please do. It's a fantastic hobby that women are particularly suited to, and I encourage women to take up fly fishing as a sport.
Please do not hesitate to contact Darren for further details.
Here are my top 10 reasons for this which are all based on personal experience:
- Women have more patience
Rather than getting frustrated and losing concentration, women are more relaxed and as a result, are far more focused on what they're trying to achieve; this means they don't miss the little things, the nuances that make a good fly fisherman.
- Women are more graceful
Fly casting is a skill that requires grace and timing, a deftness of touch, and as a result women instinctively make better casters than men who tend to resort to brute strength causing the cast to fail and scaring the fish away in the process.
- Women are more gracious
Men tend to clomp around in the margins, crashing through the undergrowth, startling all the wildlife and scaring away the fish. Women approach the water's edge quietly and carefully and are better able to engage the fish close in.
- Women are more gentle
As a result, the fish don't tend to get played too hard and therefore they don't come off the hook as much.
- Women are more focused
Women generally concentrate on the job in hand and spend more time actually fishing. It also means that they concentrate on the fly and are more prepared and poised, ready for when the fish takes the fly.
- Women can multi-task better than men
When they need to concentrate on the casting, river flow, wind direction, fish position etc, they are better able to do so than men who tend to concentrate on one thing which is casting the fly as far as possible.
- Women are more delicate
They concentrate on the fly landing gently on the water in a natural way; unlike men who tend to cast far too aggressively causing the line and fly to land heavily scaring away the fish.
- Women are more cautious
Men tend to take unnecessary risks when fishing, especially when wading. This means wasted time trying to get themselves out of tricky situations, whereas women would have spent this time actually fishing.
- Women have Pheromones
I've been told all my life that women make better fisherman because their pheromones are transferred to the fly and the fish are then attracted to them. Women hold a large percentage of records so maybe there is something in this?
- Women are better able to cook the fish
Ok, that's wrong, but as a man I couldn't write such a long list without getting some sort of defence in for men could I?
If women are so good at fly fishing, why aren't there more taking part?
It's a sport women are definitely suited to, but fishing is traditionally male dominated and as a result, women don't feel 'welcomed' into the sport as a beginner on the whole.
The earliest recorded mention of fly fishing is by English nuns (the English nun Dame Juliana Berners penned her 'Treatise of Fishing With an Angle' back in 1421), so arguably women invented fly fishing, and the British record Salmon, Britain's king of fish, was caught by a Miss Georgina Ballantyne at Glendelvine on the River Tay in 1922, weighing in at 64lb.
"Had a brilliant day fly fishing in a superb location. Darren took me gradually through the stages of casting. He taught me many fishing techniques and use of equipment. Being a complete novice, I was very pleased at how much I had learnt in just one day with Darren. He is a fantastic teacher who is extremely skilled and knowledgeable, he is very patient and I would highly recommend him to any one looking to get private tuition." Katie
“Never having picked up a fly rod before, and being quite nervous about doing so, I was very quickly put at ease and thoroughly enjoyed my lessons. The end result was that I caught my first trout and first bonefish on the fly this year – something I wouldn’t have done if I hadn’t taken the plunge and had lessons with Darren.” Charlotte