Your name or any nicknames you have?
No nicknames, although my Instagram handle is @abs_getoutside.
I live two hours south of St. Louis, Missouri, in a small village called Tilsit (after the city in Germany). My fiancé, Andy (@ridgeroadrounder), and I will be traveling three and half hours south to fish the North Fork and White rivers in Arkansas in a couple weeks. As for future trips, we’ll see where the water takes us!
I frequent Montauk State Park, a Missouri State Park near Salem, Missouri. Waters are mostly stocked with rainbow trout and a few browns, but it is always fun to get our lines wet. We just returned from fishing for Steelhead in the lower Deschutes River in Oregon – that was definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience! Earlier in the summer, we visited Bryson City, Tennesee, on the Tuckaseegee River to catch a few brookies and bows.
Rivers/Lakes I frequently fish include: North Fork River (Arkansas), White River (Arkansas), Current River (Missouri), Eleven Point River (Missouri), Lake Girardeau (Missouri).
How long have you been guiding/fly fishing?
All in all, I’ve been fly fishing for about a year.
What got you into fly fishing? When did you start?
My fiancé, Andy, taught me everything I know. About a year ago, this lanky trout bum came into my life and changed my world. He first taught me to roll cast, and the rest is history.
As a woman guide/fly angler, you’re definitely in the minority. What made you decide to be a guide/angler?
I knew from a young age that I loved nature and the great outdoors. I went to college and received a bachelor’s degree in Outdoor Recreation to help others to experience and learn about the outside world that I love. I have kayaked, hiked, camped and explored all my life, and fly fishing has been the cherry on top. I love it. Fly fishing is intimate; it allows me one-on-one time with the water. I don’t even have to catch a fish to thoroughly enjoy my experience (Although, tight lines are so so nice!!)
Has the fact you’re a woman ever been an issue with a client (such as them hitting on you or maybe talking down to you? If so how did you deal with it/them?
From the experience I have fly fishing around men, most men think it’s awesome that I fly fish. At the end of the day, I don’t really care what anyone thinks. I like it, and therefore, I will keep doing it!
Do you think being a woman gives you a different perspective as a guide? If so, how?
I am not a guide, but I can tell you that as a woman, I would feel more comfortable around a guide who is a woman for the simple fact that women can relate more to other women. For example, sometimes I have to use both my hands to roll cast over to that far bank where the fish are hiding. I simply do not have the strength to get it out there all the way!! Other women would understand that.
How can the fly fishing industry and community encourage more women to get involved?
The fly fishing industry and community can encourage and empower women to fly fish by providing more female-friendly accessories and clothing. Denver Outfitters is doing a fabulous job of sharing stories of fly gals! Keep up the good work!
I LOVE my Orvis Clearwater 5 wt. outfit, but I have had my eye on a new pair of the Simms Freestone Waders!
Best catch of all time?
My biggest catch is a four pound rainbow… not big, but big to me!!!! For some reason, the small ones love me the most, and I am 100% okay with that. They’re all lucky enough to be set free to continue to grow.
What’s your “Dream Trip”?
One word: PATAGONIA.
The lower Deschutes was one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. I would love to go back.
How do people get ahold of you for guiding / sponsorship?
My Instagram handle is @abs_getoutside. I can also be contacted on Facebook – I am the only Abbie Fieser out there!
Thank you so much!
Fly Gal and Outdoor Enthusiast