Fly Fishing: The Next Generation
Date – Friday 10/2/20
Time – 7pm – 9pm PST
Host – Women of the Sierra Pacific Fly Fishers
Featuring – Deighan Cherry, Fanny Krieger and Leigh Ann Swanson
As if being the youngest person to pass the IFF bronze casting challenge were not enough of an accomplishment, Deighan Cherry, age 10, has surpassed herself.
Faced with not being able to enter casting challenges during the pandemic, she founded Fly Girl Global, which now has members from nine states and eight countries representing three different languages.
Cherry isn’t just a fly casting savant, she is also a talented young writer, which enables her to share her enthusiasm for fly casting with others and inspire them to give the sport a try. Her works include penning the article, “Brook Trout and Blueberry Pie,” which was published in the fall of 2018. She is also comfortable with public speaking, and was the youngest panelist at the Down the Hatch Film Festival in Atlanta speaking about what the future holds for the nation’s rivers. She teaches casting for the Austin chapter of the Mayfly Project.
Fanny Krieger’s interest in flyfishing was sparked on a first date with her husband, Mel. Krieger knew nothing of flyfishing when Mel, an avid flyfisher, asked her out, but not one to shy away from adventure, she thought she would give it a try. Krieger is considered one of the first ladies of flyfishing.
She co-founded the Golden West Women Flyfishers in 1983, a 150-member conservation, social and fishing organization. The club has helped connect women flyfishers ever since and inspired similar organizations.
Krieger was inducted into the Northern California Council of the Federation of Fly Fishers Hall of Fame in 1994. She is a Federation of Fly Fishers fly-casting certified instructor and continues to coordinate and host fishing trips around the world for eager anglers. Krieger recently directed and produced an educational DVD, Tomorrow’s Fly Fishers, to encourage the newest generation of anglers. She remains active in both the Golden West Women Flyfishers and the International Women Fly Fishers.
Leigh Ann Swanson
Leigh Ann Swanson is a third-generation fly fisher. As a child she would follow her dad along the banks of the rivers. Fearful she would fall in, her dad tied a rope around her waist. From the moment she stepped into the river she was enchanted with the beauty of the sky, the light on the water and the rhythm of her dad fly casting. To this day the river is where she feels the most at home.
Leigh Ann is a FFI Certified Casting Instructor, a graduate of the Joan Wulff Fly Fishing School for Instructors, and a member of the R. L. Winston Pro Staff. She currently is the Vice President of the Southwest Council of Fly Fishers International, which represents 23 fly fishing clubs in southern California and Nevada.
Leigh Ann is a Past President of the Pasadena Casting Club, and also served as its casting director for six years, where she developed a number of new casting programs, including a women’s program. In 2012, Leigh Ann received PCC’s prestigious Pauline Cathcart Casting Award in recognition of her enduring commitment to mastering and teaching the art of fly-casting.