J. Michelle Swope
Conscious, Conservation and Guide – J. Michelle Swope has been helping with United Women on the Fly since its creation. Nestled in the NW Corner of Washington, J. Michelle helps with the UWOTF Facebook Group and is our Military Contact. She is building her guide services, Oly Women on the Fly, and works to preserve and bolster runs of wild native fish for Native Fish Society.
Where are You From?
North end of the Hood Canal, in beautiful Western Washington.
What is your role with UWOTF?
J. Michelle helps as a Facebook Liaison and is the Military contact for United Women on the Fly.
What's your real job?
I currently work for a conservation non-profit trying to preserve and bolster runs of wild native fish for Native Fish Society.
Oly Women on the Fly Guide Service – I love getting folks onto the water and into fish, whether it be for an all-day hunt for the unicorn of fish (winter steelhead), Coastal Cutthroat from the beach, rainbow trout or salmon. My goal is to make your day memorable, fun and an experience you will want to repeat! If there is something specific you want to do, tell me! With enough advance notice, I can craft the experience you are seeking. I mainly guide on the Olympic Peninsula for winter steelhead, spring and summer finds me on the Yakima river or the Cowlitz river, and fall can be almost anywhere in Washington state fish are biting.
I am a Trout Unlimited Certified business, and a member of the Olympic Peninsula Guide Association, Co-Chair of the Womens and Diversity Initiative for Trout Unlimited and an active board member of my local Olympia Trout Unlimited chapter, as well as the Washington State Trout Unlimited Council. I am also an AFFTA member.
Are you involved in another other Women fly fishing groups?
I belong to my local Trout Unlimited chapter, and am the Diversity/Women’s Initiative coordinator for that chapter.
How has UWOTF Impacted your life/fly fishing community?
Dry fly, nymph, euro, streamer, soft hackle, etc and why?
Dry fly, sure….but usually streamer or nymph, cause that is what Coastal Cutthroat and my beloved winter steelhead typically bite!
Favorite fishy podcast?
Gosh….River Rambler, Anchored, Barbless (OP edition)
Toss up between Tides and and River Flows.net…both for Android.
your most useless skill is?
Serial Killer Knowledge.
My real-life superpower is?
Asking great questions.
My zombie apocalypse plan is?
High ground and a cross bow 🙂