Dianne’s first fly-fishing lesson was in the Atlantic surf at Island Beach State Park in NJ nearly 15 years ago. She remembers being “the only woman fly fishing on the beach! I was lucky to have some of the greatest saltwater fly fishermen willing to share their knowledge with a beginner girl fly fisher.” Their willingness to share is the reason that she continues to mentor and encourage others to discover and enjoy fly-fishing.
Dianne is a Fly Fishing International Certified Casting Instructor and the only certified woman instructor actively teaching within the contiguous states of Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware and NJ.
Always busy in retirement she has volunteered and taught for Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Casting for Recovery, Fly Fishing International, International Women Fly Fishers and various other fly fishing clubs and organizations. In August 2014 she became the first, and only, woman from the East Coast to lead the FFI Women’s Fly Fishing Program held in Livingston, MT. Dianne has taught the “Introduction to Fly Fishing for Women” at the Lancaster Fly Fishing Show for the past 4 years.
Dianne currently sits on the Board of the Directors of the Chesapeake Council, FFI and the Chesapeake Women Anglers. She previously served on the Board of Directors for the Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) of Maryland, North East Chapter.
Dianne and Ken Tidy live at the head of the Chesapeake Bay in North East, Maryland. Currently they are restoring a 1988 Airstream and hope to have it on the road later this summer. Taking their two (2) mini dachshunds along, they are headed west to fly-fish in Colorado, Montana and Wyoming.
Euro Nymphing is the topic of this evenings presentation by Anita Coulton.
Anita started fly fishing more than 20 years ago on PA streams with her father. After attending the Orvis Fly Fishing School her addiction was fully entrenched. Though trout are her passion, she’s skilled fishing for anything that swims in both fresh and saltwater.
Anita is a well known and respected competitive angler on the top ranked Team Freestone. She has competed alongside both Team USA and World Team members, and has multiple top 10 finishes.
Some highlights of her accomplishments include:
*2014 Spring Creek Masters 1st place Team
*2014 Deep Freeze, Chittenango NY: 2nd place Individual
*2014 CNY Classic 2nd place Team
*2010 AuSable Two Fly First Place winner
She is also a graduate of the Reel Women Guide School in Montana.
Anita shares her passion with organizations like the US Youth Fly Fishing team, and Casting for Recovery. When not on the water, Anita works in a physical therapy outpatient clinic where she help patients get back to living the life they wish to. Anita’s also an expert in the Martial Arts, recently earning a black belt in karate. She’s an excellent teacher of all ages and skill levels who loves to hit the water, catch some fish, and have some fun!
Anita is a guide with Cross Current Guide Service & Outfitters an Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing Guide Service on the Upper Delaware River. Contact Anita: crosscurrentguideservice.com
Shawn Holsinger, owner and operator of Holsinger’s Guide Service has been fly fishing the streams of Western Central Pennsylvania for over 30 years. Being blessed to be raised in the limestone rich mountains of the area, has offered many fishing opportunities in some incredibly trout-rich waters. His home is centrally located between the famed Little Juniata and very popular Yellow Creek of Bedford County. This area is also home to some incredible Class A wild trout water as well, which is where Shawn’s true passion is when it comes to fly fishing.
Shawn is also on the Pro Staff of his father’s business, www.holsingersflyshop.com located in East Freedom Pennsylvania on the banks of the Frankstown Branch of the Juniata. Part of his work in the fly shop includes his very popular YouTube channel, Holsinger’s Fly Shop. Between the fly shop and his YouTube channel, he has had many opportunities to fly fish in some great locations, such as, Colorado for large Cutthroats, West Virginia and Maryland for trout, and Lake Erie and Ontario, for lake run steelhead, browns and salmon.