Many of us have allowed fly fishing to be a priority in our lives, and I believe it makes us feel alive.
Bushwhacking your way through to the river, wondering why you would put up with crawling over rocks, getting up in the dark, or swamping your waders. Sometimes we don’t even think about it; we are just focused on getting to the fish. This is what nature does for me. It allows me to play, laugh, cry, have a fit or even relax as I keep discovering.
One of the best decisions I made was to become a fly fishing guide. I reached past my nursing career and took a giant step. With that step, Reel Women Fly Fishing Adventures was launched in 1994. Introducing more women into the sport of fly fishing continues to be a mission for me and for the team that surrounds me. We have seen what happens! Our Reel Women family is now a network of special relationships all around the world.
My time is spent between San Pedro, Belize and Montana, USA – living a life of fly fishing. Yes, I love catching fish. The thrill is like no other. But the story always has the people and the character of the place. And “that place” always has something new to teach me.
As an avid sportswoman, Lori-Ann discovered the excitement of experiencing nature through fly fishing on her home waters of southwest Montana, Idaho’s Snake River and the Jackson Hole area of Wyoming. Her first fish to the fly was a wild steelhead from the Deschutes Rive in Oregon. And from there the journey to explore and learn everything about fly fishing started.
In 1989, Lori-Ann was the first woman to be named an Orvis-Endorsed fly fishing guide. She has served as a consultant to several fly fishing tackle and equipment manufacturers and presents her discoveries at sport shows and fly fishing clubs all over the United States.
In 1994, Lori-Ann co-founded Reel Women Fly Fishing Adventures. Reel Women was the first company to offer women-only fly fishing trips all over the world. Reel Women has since grown to include guided float trips for both men and women, fly fishing schools, fly fishing guide schools, casting clinics, and destination trips.
Presently, Lori-Ann guides on Ambergris Caye from her San Pedro home. Beginning bonefishing to the hot pursuit of permit and tarpon on fly, Lori-Ann provides anglers with the tools they need to find their fish. She designs custom fly fishing trips for people who want to visit Belize and explore. In her past seven years of living in San Pedro, she has networked with the guides of Belize. Unique lodging or booking into any of the well know lodges is all part of her service.
Late summertime finds Lori-Ann in her Montana town. Willow Creek is home to the Reel Women School house. Located next to the Missouri Headwaters, the fishing options are endless. The Reel Women School program and destination trips are all a part of Lori-Ann’s mission to share the fun of fly fishing.
October is Lori-Ann “soul” fish time. And birdie time with her favorite Setter, Panga.
2017. Trade license for Reel Belize – a Belizean company designed to train and provide fly fishing guides for a world class fly fishing experience from San Pedro, Belize.
2015. “Breaking Barrier’s Award.” The Orvis Company awarded Lori-Ann and Reel Women with this prestigious award for service promoting women in fly fishing.
2015. Orvis Catalogue. Featured center page as a strong woman in fly fishing.
2015. Able Women Initiative. Lori-Ann worked with an inspirational team of women who serve to promote women in fly fishing. Abel Reels. Mayfly Productions.
2014. “Buccaneers and Bones.” An Outdoor Life presentation affiliated with Bonefish Tarpon Trust. Lori-Ann filmed guiding.
2012. “Buccaneers and Bones.” An Outdoor Life presentation affiliated with Bonefish Tarpon Trust. Lori-Ann filmed teaching, fishing, guiding and speaking.
2009 – 2015. Director of Fishing. El Pescador Lodge, Ambergris Caye, Belize. Brought the guide team from 5 full-time to 14 full-time guides. Orvis International Lodge of the Year, 2013.
2007. Fly Fishing Master’s. Team “Underarmor” won $30,000. Lori-Ann was one of the four team members.
2003. “Best of the West” in the ISE Casting Competition.
Media credits include ESPN, CNN, The New York Times, Martha Stewart Living, and Outside Magazine and more. Lori-Ann was the fly fishing consultant for Meryl Streep and Kevin Bacon in the movie “The River Wild”.
Lori-Ann is featured in a variety of books including Rising Fish and Pointing Dogs, A Memoir by her dear friend Leigh Perkins, former CEO of The Orvis Company (1965-1992).
In 2014 Marlo Thomas included a chapter on Lori-Ann in her book It Ain’t Over. Stories from 60 women who prove it’s never too late to live out a dream.
Species and Region of focus:
“From the Rivers to the Sea.” Lori-Ann will share with you fly fishing adventures from her favorite rivers in Montana, Idaho and Wyoming. And the next cast will take you to her beloved saltwater flats of Belize. From the thrill of a perfect presentation to a wild trout to a long cast that reaches permit, these adventures teach us about ourselves in nature.
Lori-Ann is available for speaking presentations as well as casting demonstration and instruction.
Day Rate: $750.00 per day and expenses.