Stephanie, or sometimes Stefania
Where are you at in the world? Where will you be fishing this year?
I’m in Denver, Colorado. I fish close to home for those daily, after-work fishing trips, but am planning numerous trips outside of Colorado for this summer. I’m really looking forward to going to Montana in a few weeks.
What river(s) and lake(s) do you fish?
There’s just too many to list! The Colorado River is definitely one of my favorites right now.
How long have you been fly fishing?
I’ve just recently discovered my passion for fly fishing when I moved to Colorado, but I actually started fishing when I first started walking. I remember my first fishing pole was one of those little kid poles, where you had to push Mickey Mouse’s nose to let the line out. My dad was the first person to teach me how to hook a fish, how to hold a bass correctly, and how to safely release the fish back into the water. He was also the first person to show me how to get un-snagged from that tree in front of me.
What got you into fly fishing? When did you start?
I started fly fishing about two years ago when I met my boyfriend. Like many anglers, his insatiable hunger for the sport was contagious.
I fish for many reasons, but the biggest reason has to be that it fulfills my wild ambitions. Other than fishing, my other passion in life is traveling – not just to see the tourist attractions, but to delve into the culture and truly understand how their lives are shaped and founded in their language. I like to say that my time spent in Ecuador opened my eyes, and my time in Italy opened my heart. Fly fishing, to me, is the culmination of these two beautiful things. If I open my eyes and heart to all that’s around me, I find that fly fishing is an exploration of the hidden beauty that surrounds us.
It wills us to discover the secrets hiding beside those rocks in the flowing creek. It gives us a purpose in life, a necessary balance to counter all of that time spent in the office.
If you own and use a Rod Vault, what do you like about your Rod Vault?
I would love to own my own Rod Vault, especially so that I’ll have the advantage over my boyfriend – I can find the best fishing pools the quickest, without having to break down my rod each time. I’m hoping to buy it as an early Christmas present for myself.
As a woman angler, you’re definitely in the minority. What made you decide to be an angler?
It’s a family tradition. Nothing is going to stop me from doing things just because I’m a woman.
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?
When I first started, I lacked the confidence to even start fly fishing. I looked at the industry, and not only was it predominately full of men, but the female anglers all seemed to be pros, fully decked out in brand-name gear. It was super intimidating.
But don’t be afraid to just get out there and find what brings you your own special confidence. For me, it’s wearing my favorite red lipstick and Packers hat that always brings me luck.
I can’t count the times I’ve said to myself, “I can just walk on out there in these jeans that I’m wearing, right?” I don’t mind having to roll up my pants to deliver that perfect cast, but I’m really excited to finally have my own boots and waders.
What is your favorite fly? (To tie, or catch fish on?)
When in doubt, bring out the Woolly Bugger.
Best catch of all time?
My best catch of all time was when I was 13 fishing up in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula with my family. I was on a tiny bass boat, having the fish fight of my life, but I finally brought in a 23-inch small mouth. I was so proud of that moment.
My dream trip would really be anywhere in South America. Patagonia is obviously up there on my list, but I would love to explore any place that would give me a reason to practice my Spanish.
What are some of the best places you’ve been fishing?
There’s nothing quite like fishing a mountain stream in Colorado.
How do people follow you on social media or reach you?
Instagram – lipsandlures
Email – email@example.com