Somerset Women’s Showcase

Roughly 41% of the angling community is made up of women anglers This percentage represents the fastest growing demographic in the sport. Two weeks ago at the Somerset Fly Fishing Show in Somerset, NJ, the first-ever Women’s Showcase was held. Similar to the one held at the Denver Fly Fishing Show, the showcase was sponsored by Orvis, Patagonia, Simms, Hunter Banks, Upper Canyon Outfitters, and Frontiers Travel. This weekend event was successful, entertaining and educational. Daily seminars and programs ranged from casting techniques, fishing with kids, planning a destination trip, history of bamboo rods (by our own Erin Phelan), Tenkara basics, introduction to fly fishing and fly tying, as well as a Trout Unlimited Women’s round table. The highlight of the event was the Saturday trunk show, which had several companies showcasing women’s gear and clothing. The showcase was well attended and provided a network opportunity for women anglers to meet up and share experiences and techniques.

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