Leslie Steen, trying to learn to double haul, gets some ghost casting assistance from Kathleen Belk Doffermyre and Clairey Sasser Grubbs at the women’s free fly fishing day put on by World Cast Anglers and a number of supporting organizations. The three were volunteer instructors. (Leine Stikkel)

Well over 100 women participated in a free women’s fly fishing day on the banks of the Snake River last weekend.

Hosted by World Cast Anglers, the event drew dozens of volunteers who coached women in all aspects of the sport. Guides and instructors, including some men, gave advice on everything from knot tying to casting to boat rigging. Several companies and organizations contributed staff hours and gear.

It was the second year of the event said Chris Simonds, outfitting manager for the company that’s headquartered in Victor, Idaho. The women gathered at the Snake River Sporting Club in the Snake River Canyon just upstream from Alpine.

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“Often times women can feel intimidated in a sport that’s traditionally been dominated by male participants,” Simonds said. “This is an opportunity for women to get together in a friendly environment where they can participate, learn from each other, make friends.”

In the photograph by participant Leine Stikkel, Leslie Steen gets help with her double haul from Kathleen Belk Doffermyre and Clairey Sasser Grubbs.

Angus M. Thuermer Jr. is the natural resources reporter for WyoFile. He is a veteran Wyoming reporter and editor with more than 35 years experience in Wyoming. Contact him at angus@wyofile.com or (307)...

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