In this episode of The Woman Angler & Adventurer podcast, I had the pleasure speaking with Rachel Piacenza, Director of Marketing for the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF). Rachel grew up in the midwest and developed a passion for fishing from a very young age. She loved it so much that she set out to tie in fishing with her professional pursuits. After working for a time for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, she uprooted to Alexandra, VA to join RBFF to see how she could be involved in that organization which promotes fishing on a national level. She's been with the foundation for about 8 years now.
We spoke about TakeMeFishing.Org's newest initiative called "Making Waves" that is all about getting more women into the sport. It just launched on Mother's Day of this year, and as been making a splash on social media. We talk about some of the challenges, why this initiative is so important, and Rachel shares some promising stats as well. The mission has just begun.
In this episode of The Woman Angler & Adventurer I chat with former wide receiver for the Miami Dolphins turned pro bass angler Kendall Newson. Newson started an organization called Teach a Child to Fish back in 2008 so that he could use his NFL prowess to help pass along his passion for the sport of fishing that was instilled in him by his father as a youngster to other boys and girls nationwide.
He shares his story and talks about the Teach a Child to Fish organization, what their goals are and what some of the biggest challenges they face being a non-profit and trying to fully serve as many youth as they can. They focus on kids in urban areas and are close to having a permanent facility to better be able to follow-up with kids that come through the program and help individual moms and dads who have kids that want to learn to fish as well.
I had the chance to meet up with Heather Hodson from United Women on the Fly and Jen Ripple from DUN Magazine on location at Fly South in Nashville, TN on the very first stop of their road trip dubbed Rip and Hopper's Adventure and we had a blast!
Heather and Jen have embarked on a 19 day, 3,350 mile, 13 states from Tennessee to Washington road trip with the goal of fishing and meeting up with as many women as they can along the way. You can follow their entire journey on social media. Links included in the additional resources section below!
They had a ton of great information and insight to share on women in the world of fishing and fly fishing specifically. You're really going to enjoy this upbeat and fun episode of The Woman Angler & Adventurer!
In this episode of The Woman Angler & Adventurer podcast, you'll meet MASTER CAPTAIN Cheryl Smith! That's right, I said MASTER Captain! As if getting your captain's license isn't difficult enough, Cheryl basically went for the whole shebang! She got her towing endorsement as well. On top of that, she's obsessed with fishing, has several pro staff positions, and lots of great knowledge and inspiration to share with you all. That makes her the perfect guest for episode 15!
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