As in prior years, the 2023 EWF will have a special offering for women who are interested in fly fishing or who wish to expand their present abilities!
Ladies' programme with a new look!
15 years of the ladies' programme at Erlebniswelt Fliegenfischen!
We remember well the first years when Kate Blubaugh came from Nevada, USA, especially to the EWF to teach fly fishing to women in the German-speaking countries. In the eight years she succeeded in getting more and more women into fly fishing every year. At the stand there was an exchange of information and experiences, casting for women in the outdoor area and the exchange of contact details of fly fishing women. One highlight were the trips for fly fisher women with Kate organised by the EWF, which led to fishing events where they fished, tied and also talked.
In the 9th year, the EWF invited Glenda Powell, a single-hand and two-hand specialist for the women's programme. Kate's work was continued perfectly. New fly fisher women joined the programme, the two-handed casting was expanded and Glenda had the nice idea to offer a competition for women in addition to various small workshops. The women's community continued to grow over the next six years.
In addition, some fly tyer women showed their fly patterns on the stage to the EWF audience. Among them were Nadica Stanceva, who has been tying flies at the EWF since 2007, Regine Maguhna, Linda Bachand, Daniela Misteli, Lara Schreiber, Maria Wimmer, Solène Le Bourhis-Beyer and Caroline Emmet.
Today - Ladies' programme
In 2023, the women's programme will be redesigned with the motto "Women to the Fly Rod". In cooperation with the Österreichische Fischereigesellschaft gegr. 1880 e.V., represented by Ramona Hani, co-founder of the Fishing Ladies, new impulses will be set to attract more women to fly fishing. Her friend and colleague, Stephanie Höß, also a member of the Fishing Ladies team, will be at the stand for any questions the fly fishing women may have.
What will be offered
- Four workshops daily for all interested fly fisher women - for more information please come to the women's stand in the foyer of the Tenne.
Focus is on beginners and advanced, one-handed and two-handed - so there is something for all women!
30-minute workshops for fly fisher women
• Beginners' Workshop on Saturday and Sunday at 11 am and 3 pm respectively
• Advanced + 2-Handed Workshop on Saturday and Sunday at 11:30 am and 3:30 pm respectively
- Ramona Hani will give a lecture "Fly fishing for Women is not new Territory - an Outline through History until Today" on Saturday and on Sunday.
The exact lecture times are
Saturday, 22 April from 12:45 pm - 1:30pm
Sunday, 23 April from 12:30 pm - 1:15 pm
- A fun casting competition for women on Saturday at 4:30 pm at the EWF.
Ramona Hani invites all enthusiastic female fly fishers for a fun casting competition. The three best fly fisher women in target casting will of course win a price.
Meeting point at the casting area close by the big casting pool.
- Advice on special clothing for women and fly fishing equipment. If required, Ramona Hani will also be happy to accompany the fly fisher women to one or other of the exhibitors' stands to help with choosing the needed clothes or tackle.
- The stand will be permanently staffed.
Stephanie Höß will be at the stand of the women's programme in the foyer of the Tenne for all questions and organisational matters.
Ramona and Stephanie are looking forward to many women who would like to join the women's programme!
More about Ramona Hani
Ramona Hani, 45 years old, tested her first rod (spinning rod) as a child with her stepfather. She enjoyed fishing with carp and spinning rods until she was a teenager. After a long teenage break, she started again with a carp rod.
"I really found my way back to the hobby at my husband's side. However, I no longer fish with a carp or spinning rod, but with a fly rod. I now fish passionately with a single-handed rod in Austria, but just as much with a double-handed rod, for example in Norway and Ireland for salmon.
Professionally in the secretariat of the Österreichischen Fischereigesellschaft gegr. 1880, and voluntarily as a sworn supervisor in various waters (Fischa-Dagnitz, Piesting Schranawand, Kalter Gang und Leitha Deutsch-Brodersdorf). My heart is attached to the motivation of the ladies and youth - therefore also part of the Fishing Ladies of our club. (Österreichische Fischereigesellschaft gegr.1880: Fishing Ladies (oefg1880.at))
In addition, you moves in nature and perceives it with different eyes."