In the late twentieth and early twenty-first century, women's professional golf went through a transformation. All of the sudden, women golfers were hot. The days of Nancy Lopez and Laura Davies were over, and the sport saw an influx of healthy, fit young women that focused on their femininity. While these new, attractive young golfers may have had nothing on the golf game of their earlier counterparts, they were a boon for the sport. Golf no longer meant dressing up like a man and playing a man's sport. You could hit the links and still be feminine, still be pretty. And why not? The number of women golfers skyrocketed.
Fly fishing has seen a similar transformation in the last five or so years. While there have always been women in the sport, fly fishing has never been seen as a feminine endeavor. It has been, and remains largely, a male sport. Within the last few years, though, a crop of similarly young, fit, vibrant young women have taken to the water. They've not only been noticed by the sport at large, they've been celebrated. And they've had a similar effect as the new crop of women golfers: women are far and away the fastest growing demographic in fly fishing and have become a major part of the sport and the business of fly fishing.
These women have established a female presence in each of these sports. They have built a unique identity for women on the green and on the water. They've dispelled the stigma that women who want to participate in these sports need to blend into or be lost in a male-dominated field. And their sports have benefitted as a result.
But, if you find yourself thinking that we have these sally-come-lately women of fly fishing to thank for making fly fishing hot, for putting a feminine identity on the fly fishing map, think again. The legendary Joan Wulff took care of that ages ago. Grey-haired, almost 90-year old Joan Wulff you say? That's right. And this isn't an attempt at being clever. I'm not being figurative. When Wulff was winning casting competitions in the 1950s and 60s, she wasn't just doing it with skill and grace, she was doing it with style and beauty. See for yourself.
All of this is an extremely long winded way of letting you know that Wulff, one of the most celebrated, skillfull and knowledgable fly casters of all time, has worked with R.L. Winston Rod Company and Todd Moen to create a 10-part series of instructional casting videos. The series, called One on One with Joan Wulff is available for viewing online and at no cost.
The series is introduces you to Joan and gives you a bit of a peek at her long and amazing career in the world of fishing, but wastes no time moving on to the casting goods. According to Joan, "with this new 10-part online instruction series from Winston, I am excited that our expanding technological world will allow anglers, of all skill levels, to access instructional help from wherever they may be”.