I have water in my veins, a common thread, starting from when I was a young girl growing up on the shores of Wild Fowl Bay, off of Lake Huron's thumb of Michigan. It was a great place to explore woodlands, wetlands, fishing, sailing and swimming.

You could not keep me out of the water then and it continually pulls me back now. As an adult, I am constantly being pulled back to the needs for water, sort of a "Fish out of water." I have lived in a suburb of Illinois, not far from Chicago and the Wisconsin state line, for most of my adult life. I always did a little fishing and introduced myself to fly fishing in a small pond, but never did any trout fishing in a stream until the spring of 2014.

I recently attended a fly fishing clinic for women in the Driftless area of...

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