Editor’s note: For some, it’s independence, for others a chance to get out and enjoy nature. Some point to the strong influence of fathers who took them afield at an early age, or boyfriends or husbands who recently got them into the sport.
In turn, they’re teaching their daughters and girlfriends to fish and care about the resource, and some are going further, joining the fishing tackle industry. However they arrived here, we saluted the Real Women of Northwest Fishing in our December issue of Northwest Sportsman.
Over each day of the holidays we’re going to post the ladies’ full stories (some were edited to fit the mag) as well as pics we simply couldn’t fit into the given space.
By Troy Rodakowski
Kinser Nyden grew up living in and loving the outdoors. The 19-year-old excels at fishing, hunting and shooting, and is also a singer-songwriter working on her first album.
She attends Oregon State where she is a freshman studying microbiology and pre-med with plans to one day be an optometrist. In her time away from school she works at Mazama Fishing Pro Shop in Eugene.
“My parents have always supported me in different ways, allowing me to do what I want instead of forcing me to do what they think I should do. They have been very patient with me and my goals,” Nyden says.
One of her most memorable trips was a trek to Nevada to hunt pronghorn with her father, Gary. “I had been practicing with my Bowtech equalizer since I was 8 years old and will remember the 30-yard shot through the heart forever,” she says.
Nyden is quick to point out that salmon fishing is a very close second to hunting as she loves hooking those ocean beasts and fighting them to the boat.