Where are you at in the world? Where will you be fishing this year?
I live in Basalt, Colorado. So I am thankful to live in such a beautiful state. I plan on traveling to Montana, Michigan, Wyoming and hopefully Nevada this year. It’s hard to pick! There are so many epic places to fish.
What river(s) and lake(s) do you guide/fish?
Thankfully I live near amazing rivers. I fish the Roaring Fork river and Frying Pan river weekly! The Eagle and Colorado river are close too!
How long have you been guiding/fly fishing?
I’ve actually only been fly fishing for two years. I didn’t really get into when I was younger and when I moved to Colorado I absolutely fell in love with it.
What got you into fly fishing? When did you start?
Well, my family started the Orvis fly fishing company and sold it in 1965. So it’s been in the name, but I never really got into it until I moved to Colorado. Then just fell completely in love with it.
I have so many hobbies that I enjoy – snowboarding and skateboarding but when I learned how to fly fish, something just clicked.. When you’re on the river it feels like time stops, nothing matters except the fish. It is a total escape from reality.
If you own and use a Rod Vault, what do you like about you Rod Vault?
I don’t have a rod vault, but my boyfriend does and most of my friends do. I’d like to get one soon, I love the convenience of having them already rigged up and ready to go!
As a woman guide/angler, you’re definitely in the minority. What made you decide to be a guide/angler?
I just fell in love with the sport, becoming connected with nature and the fish.
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?
It’s inevitable to run into guys who aren’t used to the idea of women in this industry. I always receive comments that imply that I’m inadequate to fly fish alone, that I’m not capable of guiding in the future or it’s just not a sport for women…BUT we can’t let those negative influences push us away from growing and evolving in this industry. There’s so many women I look up to and I hope I can encourage more women to fish and be apart of something so amazing.
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?
Best advice I’ve received that I think is huge to becoming a successful angler: Listen. Listen to those people who have been fishing for way longer than you have. Listen to the knowledge that they are sharing. I’ve noticed that people tend to stick to their ways of doing things. How they tie their knots, what flies they use, etc. Always be open to trying and learning something new. (:
What’s your “Dream Trip”?
My dream trip would be either New Zealand or Canada. There’s so many places I don’t think I have one specific location.
How do people follow you on social media or reach you?
You can follow me on instagram @shyanneorvis or email me at email@example.com
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