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Awkward Angler

Come Fly Fishing with me

Yá'át'ééh (Hello). My name is Erica (she/her). I’m the host of the Awkward Angler Podcast. Listen from Bristol Bay Locals on their experience becoming a fly fishing guide and how you can take action against the proposed Pebble Mine.

I am currently an Orvis Endorsed fly fishing guide based on ancestral Ute territory and waters. You can book me through Willowfly Anglers located in Almont, CO

I am available for guided fly fishing trips, speaking engagements, panels, workshops, 1-1 coaching, training and facilitation for diversity, inclusion, organizational and leadership development opportunities.

From founder Erica Nelson: I am based in ancestral lands of the Ute Tribe, currently known as Crested Butte, Colorado. I am a self taught angler and now fly fishing guide that is passionate about sharing my learning journey.

I started fly fishing in 2016 in Wyoming. I borrowed a fly rod and watched some YouTube videos. After many tangles and lost flies, I leveraged Tinder to get pro tips from all those guys holding fish.

I then started my Instagram account @AwkwardAngler to meet more people who were willing to teach and answer questions, and eventually found a mentor.

I am a Brown Folks Fishing ambassador, community that cultivates the visibility, representation, and inclusion of people of color in fishing and its industry.

I have observed that, there are many barriers to becoming involved in fly fishing.

Learning how to fly fish isn’t easy or accessible for all, and my goal is to increase awareness and education around this, while infusing my dry fly humor.

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