Your name or any nicknames you have?
Where are you at in the world? Where will you be fishing this year?
I live pretty much at the base of the Beartooth Mountains in Montana.
I’m a wildland firefighter in the summer and take my fishing gear with me! So, I’m not sure where I’ll end up fishing this year. I got to fish Utah and Oregon this past summer. And of course, I’ll be fishing Montana, Wyoming, and hopefully Alaska!
What river(s) and lake(s) do you guide/fish?
I usually hike to fish. I fish a lot of high mountain streams and lakes in the Beartooth Mountains. When not hiking, I usually end up an hour away from home fishing a bunch of holes in Rock Creek near Red Lodge, MT. There are a few lakes along the Beartooth Pass that are quite fun to fish also!
How long have you been guiding/fly fishing?
I started fly fishing about 3 years ago.
What got you into fly fishing? When did you start?
I used to go to Ennis, MT with my dad when I was little and watch him fly fish the Madison River. I was always fascinated with it but never picked it up till about 3 years ago when I asked a co-worker who used to guide and own his own fly shop to teach me. He provided me with my first rod and reel and got me addicted and is still teaching me things!
Why do you fly fish? What does it “do” for you?
I’ve always loved to fish. I love the outdoors. Fly fishing has added more of a reason for me to hike to and find different lakes and streams in the mountains to fish. I fish solo quite a bit and it’s a way for me to escape. I’m not out there to see if I can land the big one. I enjoy fishing for those small high mountain brookies 🙂
As a woman guide/angler, you’re definitely in the minority. What made you decide to be a guide/angler?
I decided to fly fish just because it was something I’ve always wanted to learn and do. I’m in the mountains almost every day off. Just another reason for me to head to the woods! I’ve never thought of myself as being a minority out there on the water, ever!
Has the fact you’re a female ever been an issue with a client or other angler (such as them hitting on you or maybe talking down to you?) If so how did you manage it/them?
I’ve never had an issue with any other angler I fish with talking down to me or anything like that. That may also have to do with who I choose to fish with. They’re usually some pretty stand up folks and always willing to teach me new things. Also, working in a male dominant field all summer, you learn to ignore stupid stuff or give it right back!
Do you think being a woman gives you a different perspective as an angler/guide? If so, how?
I don’t think being a woman has given me a different perspective. I’ve learned from both a male and female. I’ve learned how to do things differently from each.
What is a piece of advice you want to give to other anglers or a tip/trick that has helped you grow as an angler?
Learn your knots. I wasn’t allowed on the water till I knew how to tie my flies and tippet on. Once I knew those, I knew I could at least go out by myself if I wanted.
What’s your favorite new piece of gear?
It’s not considered new, but a close family friend sent me his old Hardy reel. I’m looking forward to using it!
What is your favorite fly? (To tie, or catch fish on?)
Royal Wulff and Purple Haze are my go-to on my favorite creek.
Best catch of all time?
My best catch wasn’t a big fish or anything. The day my dad passed away, I went straight to the mountains and fished. I walked up the canyon along the Stillwater River and caught a little wild brown and a small cutty, neither of which I’ve ever caught there before. It was a day that I’ll never forget and will always remember the sense of peace I felt while fishing that I’ve never felt before.
What’s your “Dream Trip”?
My Dream Trip will be fishing Alaska!!
What are some of the best places you’ve been fishing?
I can’t tell you that exactly! 🙂 But, I’m partial to those Montana and Wyoming high creeks and lakes.
How do people follow you on social media or reach you?
You can find me on the ole Instygram— @jenners49