Beckie Clarke - Fly Fishing as a Platform for Change
WETFLIES @ 6 PM
PROGRAM @ 7 PM
Monthly raffle tickets are $5 for 10 tickets
Fly Fishing as a Platform for Change
Every piece of water we fish, even our most familiar home waters, changes us a little. Often our expectations don’t match reality, or our memories play tricks on us. Some new destinations become favorite places to return to while others fall into the ‘never again” file. For our November presenter, Beckie Clarke, these destinations have molded her outlook on life. Her program will take us on a voyage of discovery to the countries that have shaped her career and brought her to the present day. In her words: “Everyone is fishing for something, and my program shares all aspects of what life as a gypsy angler looks like in different seasons and how we can flow with it all and use it as a platform for something bigger than ourselves.” While there will be enough detail to satisfy the techy anglers, the bigger picture promises to be so much more than dry discussions of technique and hero shots. Beckie will introduce the tips and concepts that have helped introduce young people into our sport – something I know every Club will welcome.
Beckie was born and raised in British Columbia, Canada. Fly fishing runs deep in her roots and her childhood was spent fishing the rivers, lakes, and coastal waters of BC with her dad and 2 older brothers.
A career in the outdoors was inevitable and she laid her education and career path to be the foundation for her dreams. She studied Adventure Tourism Business Management at College of the Rockies and then headed north to the steelhead rich waters of Smithers, BC where she continued her education at Northwest Community College immersing in Wilderness Guiding Training with a major in Fly Fishing.
The dry fly fishery of Fernie, BC captured her heart and for 17 years she was integrated in the Elk Valley fly fishing industry. Working for local fly shops and guiding for several years before starting 2 of her own companies at once. A fly fishing operation and a property management company alongside each other which allowed her to fish in the summer and ski powder in the winter. A true entrepreneur Beckie put everything she had into her own companies.
She taught fly fishing, fly tying and entomology classes at the College of the Rockies, started a local woman’s fly fishing club, headed kids learn to fly fish programs and would donate her time raising money for local charities.
After hosting saltwater trips to the Bahamas Beckie was looking for a new destination and inquired with Fly Fish Guanaja; a saltwater fly fishing lodge in Guanaja, Honduras.
The owner Steve Brown a Colorado fly fishing guide and her ended up falling in love and joined forces together. They host international fly fishing trips, run both Fly Fish Guanaja and their non-profit organization Fish For Change.
After their 3rd baby Beckie sold Fernie Fly Fishing and now focuses on Fly Fish Guanaja and Fish For Change while residing in Colorado. A journey through fly fishing in many seasons of life Beckie is excited to share how she has shifted to using fly fishing as a platform for change.