On Special Assignment

Feb 25, 2013 11:56 AM by Tiffany Murphy - KAJ News

Women learn the art of ice fishing in the Flathead

KALISPELL - It's a program that's been around for years. Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW), is designed to give women a chance to learn about outdoor sports that are normally male dominated.

Reporter Tiffany Murphy went on special assignment to the frozen shores of Peterson Lake to in the sport of ice fishing.

Women from across the Treasure State joined together at a small Bigfork camp to learn how to fish, meet new friends and return home with some great fish stories.

While organizers say that men aren't patient enough to teach women, that wasn't the case during this fishing expedition. The women had five hours of classroom activity before our lines went in the water.

Organizers say events like this are really about empowering women, having fun and learning a new sport. The folks taking part each had different reasons for taking part.

"I hear by husband talk about ice fishing, and I want to learn, so I can relate to him," Jan Manning said.

"Learn in depth that they can do anything they want in outdoors towards the end empowerment, have knowledge, skills," added participant Kim Driscoll.

It really was a no frills weekend, and that's what many really liked.

"[It's] nice this dosen't need a lot of equipment. Put [a] hook [on], set up [and] go," Manning commented.

But some hi-tech tools were used to see what was going on down in the water. And while we were having fun, even though we weren't catching fis, .there were a few complaints.

"It's just the cold thing, but we live in Montana so I guess we have to get used to that," observed Raylene Wall of Polson.

Everyone took their turn catching a fish, including small yellow perch. Click here to learn more about the Becoming an Outdoors Woman program.

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