International Women’s Fly Fishing Day


Did you know today, September 10, 2022, is International Women’s Fly Fishing Day? Or that it was co-founded by an Irish woman? Maddy Kelly started the tradition three years ago with her American fishing friend, Pamela Dunlap. Now, women around the world share social media photos each year to to encourage women to fly fish.

A lady fished the largest salmon to adorn the walls of Delphi Lodge, and legend has it that a nun, Dame Juliana Berners wrote the first-ever book on fly fishing, A Treatyse of Fysshynge wyth an Angle, in 1496. Women, too, are said to have tied more flies than men.

We’re celebrating five Irish anglers promoting fly fishing in Ireland. We’re sharing features of each woman on Delph Fly Fishing School’s social media, compiled by Maddy Kelly, and giving away some fun prizes. Watch this space for your chance to win! In December, we’ll share a BIG announcement for the 2023 season!