Put this date on your calendar. September the 10th at 8am. At the Texas Council Expo, we again will have an incredible women’s breakfast, that this year will be highlighted by two amazing women in the sport of fly fishing!!! The breakfast will be a catered event, and a must attend event. There will be presentations from these two special guests that you will not want to miss. Come and meet some new friends, and catch up on the latest activities that fly fishing has to offer.
Reservations can be made by registering at http://txflyfishexpo.com/
If you make it into town early, or already live here, please join us Thursday night at Oak Grove Park on the banks of Lake Grapevine, for a welcoming cookout. Come meet the staff, vendors, and early guests as we watch the sun go down while watching the IF4 Film show. This film has not been seen anywhere in Texas, and will make it’s only showing here at the Expo. Tickets can also be bought on line, or simply support the event through a donation the night of the event
Here is some information about our two special guests that will be hosting the women’s breakfast. They will also be seen giving presentations on both Friday and Saturday, or may be seen down at the park helping with the first class casting programs. Check the expo schedule for times on all events.
Jen Ripple is the Editor-in-Chief of Dun Magazine and the Executive Editor of a Tight Loop Magazine. When not on the water, she spends her time empowering women in fly fishing by teaching fly tying and fly casting clinics, speaking nationwide on issues regarding women in fly fishing and devoting her time to conservation efforts through nonprofits. A sounding board for women in this currently male-dominated sport, Jen has created a home base for women worldwide to connect and engage in the art of fly fishing.
Molly Semenik was born and raised in Michigan. She fondly recalls the day when, at the age of fourteen, her father presented her with his prized Orvis bamboo rod. When Semenik moved to Utah in 1979, she brought the rod along and spent the next several years fly fishing in western fresh water. She eventually ventured into saltwater angling.
A career in fly fishing started with her move to Montana in 2000. By the following year, Semenik accomplished three major goals: she was a Federation of Fly Fishers certified fly-casting instructor, she received her Montana guide license, and she founded Tie the Knot Fly Fishing. Tie the Knot includes guided fly fishing on the Yellowstone River and local spring creeks, as well as instruction and fly-fishing destination trips for women. Semenik specializes in introducing women to the sport in a fun, professional, and encouraging way; she believes that “when a woman can tie her own knot, she has started down the path of independence.”
Not willing to simply rely on her earlier accomplishments, Semenik became a Federation of Fly Fishers master fly-casting instructor in 2006, cofounded the Yellowstone Fly Fishing School with Matt Wilhelm in 2006, and two years later became a certified outfitter in the state of Montana. She was elected to the Casting Board of Governors of the Federation of Fly Fishers in 2010.
Semenik and her family live in Livingston, Montana. She has been guiding for eleven years and is busy teaching, sharing, and fishing throughout the country.
Make your plans now to attend. Slots are filling up as we speak.
Thanks and see you there!!