I grew up fishing with my dad on small streams, creeks, ponds and lakes. I think it was a way to get me out of my mom’s hair for a while since I had so much energy and always had to be outside getting into something! Fishing has always been a part of my life.
As a single mom unwillingly planning for my daughters to fly to coop soon, I would drive a few miles to our nearby Little Red River and watch the folks fly fish. Finding peace out in nature near this river, while watching folks fly fish, gave me motivation to become a fly fisher myself. I bought my first fly rod at age 45 and every weekend when my daughters would go to their Dad’s, I would grab my fly rod and head to the river. Soon after going to the river every weekend, with the guidance and patience of another great fly fisherman, I landed my first 29 inch brown trout! Well, I was quickly obsessed with my newfound sport that, I wanted to become proficient! After my girls left home for college and marriage, I continued to pursue my passion of fly fishing! I sold my home in Searcy and moved to the banks of the Little Red River, so I could have more time on the water hunting trout! After moving to the river, I became a Grandmother. And I had to name my new place after my first grandson, Ryder. With great pride as a fly fishing Grandmother, I taught my first grandson all I knew about fly fishing and as soon as he could walk, he had on waders and a fly rod butt in his hand. He became great at fly fishing by the time he was four! Now 8 years old he is getting good at tying flies and showing his younger brother “the ropes” and “tight lines”! After many schools, classes, private lessons, guide trips and practice, practice, practice and many large browns since, I found myself being asked to teach others and take them fishing, primarily women and young children.
In my previous occupation, I was a Certified Volunteer Manager and spent a lifetime career in nonprofits. I resigned from “corporate America” to pursue being a guide full time. I now own my own guide service, Ryder’s Run Guide Service, LLC, on Little Red River in Pangburn, Arkansas, where I get to fish for trout every day! I continue to volunteer for local nonprofits and encourage others to volunteer in their communities. I have served on the board of our local Trout Unlimited Chapter 722 for the past 10 years in various capacities, currently as the Women’s Initiative Chair and I volunteer with Casting for Recovery and Little Red River Foundation, helping with casting lessons and river guiding. I am passionate about empowering women to get out and fly fish!
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