It’s pinker than my collection of Corkies, yarn and plastic worms, but that’s part of the point — a couple Northwest angling gals have teamed up to create a useful new Web site for women who fish for winter- and summer-runs.
Adrienne Comeau, a southern British Columbia flyrodder, and Bry Zimmerman, a Tacoma-based gear angler, unveiled Steelheadgirls.com this week.
While Comeau’s story may be more well known, Bry is newer to the scene, but rising fast.
You’ve probably seen her picture a time or two in Northwest Sportsman magazine, and that’s how the 24-year-old got her “start.”
Terry Wiest of SteelheadUniversity.com says that back in December 2010 she emailed him a shot of herself with a steelie.
“She was fishing the Snoqualmie during the ‘hot’ two weeks,” he recalls.
As the saying goes, Bry was hooked and soon began asking Wiest, a float-and-jig-fishing expert, for more and more information.
Teacher taught student, and pretty soon Wiest saw a marketing opportunity. Last year Bry became the site’s Pautzke Girl which morphed into the Steelhead University girl.
Since then she’s been filing blogs every week or so on her and her boyfriend’s adventures, branching out into Chinook fishing and crabbing as well.
There will of course be eye candy in the form of a fan photos page, but Wiest explains that the point of Steelheadgirls is to “promote salmon/steelhead fishing for women. Trying to get more women involved and provide a place where they can learn, share and be a part of this wonderful sport.”
Early in its launch the site features gear reviews and tutorials such as knot tying. There is a Facebook page, and on it you can see some decidely female fingers — complete with glittery polish on the tips of the tyer’s nails — lashing together the famed egg loop knot.
Wiest says that another well-known BC fly angler, April Vokey who has appeared on the cover of STS, will provide guest columns.