MISSOULA — A group of Missoula women met together on Tuesday in the spirit of fun and the outdoors.
The Missoula Fly Gals are a group of just over 2-dozen women who've spent the past three years getting to know one another, and learning about the fine art of fly fishing.
That happens on the river, but also indoors during this time of the year, as they gathered on Confluence Brewery for "Knotty Night", a chance to socialize and then learn new skills tying "knots" for a more successful day fishing.
This is also tuneup for a busy week which includes a presentation to Trout Unlimited Wednesday night at the Doubletree, and then the Orvis 50-50 "On the Water Film Tour" Thursday, where they'll see films from Orvis showing women on fishing adventures all over the world.
"You get the goose bumps, but then I also think it is a form of motivation in the way that when you see other women performing it, you yourself know you can do it as well. So as Missoula Fly Gals, as a group, that's our goal. To hopefully empower more women who will feel comfortable on the water," said Missoula Fly Gal, Kelly Harrison.
Proceeds from Thursday film night at the Wilma go to Trout Unlimited projects, but also to programs like Mayflies, where they acquire fishing gear to share with foster kids in the Missoula area.
More information about them can be found at "Missoula Fly Gals" on Facebook.