I'm not exactly sure when it began, but several years ago the family, my two brothers, sister-in-law, and dad decided that we TRULY loved spending time together. With that, we agreed that we would all make a concerted effort to take one week (give or take a day or so) out of the year to vacation together. And...we would be on the water where we could spend hours upon hours fishing.
Prior to our 2014 vacation, I learned of a Facebook group called The Flygal Diaries. The group began with a custom rod built to support Casting for Recovery. If you have read about Fishionista, you know that CfR is a nonprofit very dear to us and one in which we have supported for many years. There are now two rods that travel the country from Flygal to Flygal (and Flyguys) in the spirit of CfR. Spending time on the water with one of these rods is more than fishing, it's a shared experience. Everyone that has requested to fish with one of these rods has a reason. From survivors to past participants to former volunteers, we all have two things in common. The love of fly fishing and supporting the women who participate in CfR retreats. As the former Program Coordinator for the Mid-Atlantic Program of CfR, I have witnessed retreats profoundly effect the women who attend and in circumstances, transform their lives.
I feel so privileged that I had the opportunity to fish with one of these rods. It was even more special that I was floating the beautiful Bitterroot River with one of my brothers when I threw it and caught fish. Of course, I took a moment to remember our mom and why CfR had become so important to me.
Hi....I'm Mollie. Born in Aurora, Illinois and raised on a farm 20 miles west of there in Hinckley, I was an outside girl from the get-go. Horses were my passion, but occasionally would find myself next to my brothers fishing in our pond. Many years later, fly fishing caught my attention and I haven't looked back. After living in South Florida and Baltimore, I have made my dream of moving to Montana a reality. Hope you'll let me know if you're in the Bozeman area. Perhaps we can wet a line or our whistles!