All for the love of fishing

In the past, almost everyone he knew was male fishermen. One was my father, others were my school teachers and coaches, and the rest were my friends. Depending on the season we catch all kinds of trout and snakes and if they don’t bite we look for pickerel or panfish. Striped bass and blue fish were always welcome, especially in the fall. At the time, none of the girls in my school liked fishing.

Little by little everything changed. Women are the fastest growing group of fishermen today. I’m lucky my wife likes to fish. My daughter too, but not so much my son. To celebrate Women’s Month, we ask women to share their fishing stories with us to inspire more women to fish. Here are some of their fishing stories that they shared with us.

Kim Dugan @Kim Dugan told us to go fishing to hang out with a loved one. I couldn’t agree with her anymore, especially nowadays. Fishing takes us day by day and allows us to reconnect with life and with those we love. As we learn this lesson, we can apply it to other aspects of our lives as well.

I understand and respect Dawn Gwinn @Dawn Gwinn’s holistic approach. My late father was a soldier and the only postwar consolation he found was in the water. Dawn’s message is inspiring, she found a moment of inner healing in fishing and to clear her mind.

Jean Harbor @ Jean Harbor, Jean’s vision of the importance of sharing experiences is powerful. Having a good time fishing with the family is invaluable.

Valerie Frost @Valerie Frost. Sometimes we take life too seriously, which is exactly why Valerie’s point of view is so important. Don’t take life so seriously and go fishing more.

I never fished with my grandfather but Sissy Keeha did @ ms.sillygoose61 and she has fond memories. Beth Hill Wood, @bethsgotblueeyes, recalls fishing as her best childhood memory. I bet if the two shared around the campfire they’d tell lots of fishing stories and fond memories.

How can we gain more trust? According to Shelby Mallory @Shelby Mallory, confidence comes from doing things yourself. You have to plan, execute, learn from mistakes. That trust is earned and can be carried over to other aspects of your life. Trust offers us tools to deal with other life situations.

Gayla Webb Chisholm @Gayla Webb describes that what we think is important may not be important in pre-fishing life. In this digital world, it should be important for everyone to reconnect with themselves through nature.

The number of women who fish continues to grow. Will my daughter take a boy fishing with her? Ask me in a couple of years but right now I’d say those odds are pretty high.

Find more fishing stories for women here, stories to inspire you to fish and enjoy the outdoors.

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Tom Keer

Tom Keer

Tom Keer is an award-winning writer living on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. He is a columnist for the Upland Almanac, a contributing writer for Covey Rise magazine, a contributing editor for Fly Rod and Reel and Fly Fish America, and a blogger for the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation’s Take Me Fishing program. Keer is a regular contributor to over a dozen outdoor magazines on topics including fishing, hunting, boating, and other outdoor activities. When not fishing, Keer and his family hunt highland birds over their three English setters. His first book, A New England Coast Fly Fishing Guide, was published in January 2011. Visit him at or

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