Women's Spey Day in Salmon, Idaho
I sometimes get criticism for creating women’s specific events. I’ve tried to find the words for how to explain this away - women often need a different type of support when building confidence in a new skill. It’s inspiring to learn a sport from someone who identifies like you and has body mechanics that match your own. Fishing is still a male-dominated industry, so creating spaces that are non-judgemental for women is still important.
And all those things are true. But also, maybe I am done explaining. These women’s events are always so full of laughter, joy, respect, learning from each other, experience sharing… it’s just damn fun. And why do we need any more reason to do something? Why do we feel the need to justify the things we love? I organize women’s events for all the intellectual reasons, but also because I just enjoy the hell out of them. I might never fully have the words that describe why these days matter to me, and I’m realizing that is part of the magic of it all.
Thank you to Terry Myers and Pam Martinez for instructing and making this day a success. - Emerald