Kate Watson – British Columbia, Canada
Kate Watson is a fly fishing guide in northern British Columbia. She’s gregarious in nature, a fish bum on the river, and holds a passion for conservation, wildlife stewardship, writing, fly tying and seeking new adventures on the water. Kate manages and guides for Northern Outback Adventures in remote British Columbia, a heli-fishing lodge for big bull trout on the fly as well as for salmon, trout and arctic grayling; she is ever expanding their adventure repertoire. Kate grew up in the hunting industry, which inevitably made her fall in love with wild places and wild beings. She was introduced to the politics of wildlife management at a young age, and sat in on meetings surrounding wildlife sustainability, and developed a sense of proactive activism in our hunting and angling community. She tabled a chapter for Backcountry Hunters and Anglers in her region in 2020 to strengthen our province’s vision for backcountry conservation. Kate was introduced to two-handed rods and became enamoured in the rugged romanticism within the north west steelhead culture. She eventually took to long lines and classic flies, blending traditional and contemporary techniques. She has competed three times at the world level for spey casting and is excited to compete again next year. She currently holds 5th place at a world standing.