It’s spring and the rivers are rising. These conduits are vital to our economy but are also a release for our recreational pursuits. Learning how to fish may not have been a skill passed down from our parents. For those who wish to learn SheJumps, a nonprofit dedicated to women ages 6 and up, have created several online courses you can participate in this season as well as other inperson events to take your skills and amplify them.
Through the online and in-person events—curated by world renowned guides— listed below the SheJumps River School offers everything from technical instruction to environmental stewardship and mentorship.
Virtual River Development School
Virtual River Development School consists of 3 online events taking place June through August and also an in person River Development Camp (full) and River Finishing Camp.
June 15 | River Development School | Purpose & Planning
- The evening course will help anglers be present in their personal fly fishing journey and identify key preparation elements for a variety of fly fishing conditions.
June 16 | River Development School | Waterway Identification + Management
- The evening course will improve anglers’ skills in reading water, accessing water, and prioritizing conservation/stewardship.
June 17 | River Development School | Building Your Process
- The evening course will guide anglers in identifying goals while balancing risk, adventure, and specific skill progression.
Hands On River Development School
The SheJumps River Development School: Madison River Camp, presented by Orvis is a 3-day women’s fly fishing course hosted in Ennis, Montana in the heart of the Madison River valley. The course is instructed by professional female fly anglers. The River Development School (RDS) is an opportunity for beginner to intermediate freshwater anglers to learn and build on fly fishing skills in a safe, supportive and encouraging environment. Topics covered include conservation and stewardship, preparation, safety, gear and equipment, casting, knots and rigging, entomology and reading water. The River Development School is the next step in your fly fishing journey. During the course of the weekend you will gain the philosophy, instruction, education and tools you need to become an independent, knowledgeable angler.
HERE’S THE DEAL: The River Development School is an opportunity for beginner to intermediate freshwater anglers to learn and build on fly fishing skills in a safe, supportive and encouraging environment.
WHAT’S COVERED: Topics covered include conservation and stewardship, preparation, safety, gear and equipment, casting, knots and rigging, entomology and reading water.
MAKE IT HAPPEN: The River Development School is a foundational course for beginner and intermediate anglers.
River Finishing School
The SheJumps River Finishing School, presented by Orvis, is a 3-day women’s fly fishing course hosted at the Big Hole Lodge in the heart of one of Montana’s most pristine fly fishing destinations. The course is instructed by professional guide Hilary Hutcheson, alongside owner, outfitter, and guide Wade Fellin and his team at the Big Hole Lodge.
The River Finishing School (RFS) is an opportunity for experienced anglers to advance their fly fishing skills in an authentic, supportive environment. Topics covered include river trip preparation, decision making, conservation, ethics, being comfortable in the outdoors, as well as some advanced fly fishing and river navigation techniques. Please note: this course will not cover basic casting, knots, entomology or river etiquette. This skillset is a prerequisite to participating in RFS.
In step with the progression of your technical skills, this course nurtures a keen understanding of our pristine natural resources and the steps you can take to protect them. Knowing your role in conservation initiatives is key to building a responsible, sustainable fly fishing community.
HERE’S THE DEAL: The River Finishing School is an opportunity for intermediate to advanced fly anglers to build on their fly fishing and river navigation skills in an authentic, encouraging environment.
WHAT’S COVERED: Topics covered include river trip preparation, decision making, conservation, ethics, being comfortable in the outdoors, as well as some advanced fly fishing and river navigation techniques.
MAKE IT HAPPEN: The River Finishing School is the next step in your fly fishing journey – during the program you will gain the philosophy, instruction, education and tools you need to become an independent, knowledgeable angler.
If Fishing is not your thing this group offers a varied series of outdoor education opportunities that are exceptional. Here is a sampling of their Calendar of events:
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|3JUN||The Living Snow Project | How To Become A Mountain ScientistThursday, June 3, 20216:00pm-7:30pmEventbriteShow more|
|14JUN||Getting Started | SkateboardingMonday, June 14, 20215:30pm-7:00pmEventbriteShow more|
|15JUN||River Development School | Purpose & PlanningTuesday, June 15, 20216:00pm-7:30pmEventbriteShow more|
|16JUN||River Development School | Waterway Identification + ManagementWednesday, June 16, 20216:00pm-7:30pmEventbriteShow more|
|17JUN||River Development School | Building Your ProcessThursday, June 17, 20216:00pm-7:30pmEventbriteShow more|
|27JUN||WA Wild Skills Junior River Guide: LeavenworthSunday, June 27, 202110:00am-6:00pmOrion ExpeditionsEventbriteShow more|
|9JUL||SheJumps Rainier Fundraising Climb 2021Fri, Jul 9 – Mon, Jul 12, 20213:00pm-5:00pmRMI ExpeditionsEventbriteShow more|
|10JUL||WA SheJumps Intro to Outdoor Rock ClimbingSat, Jul 10 – Sun, Jul 11, 20217:00am-3:00pm–EventbriteShow more|
|16JUL||WA SheJumps Learn to Lead + Rock RescueFri, Jul 16 – Sun, Jul 18, 20217:00am-3:00pm–EventbriteShow more|
|18JUL||WA SheJumps 6-Day Mountaineering CourseSun, Jul 18 – Fri, Jul 23, 20219:00am-5:00pm–EventbriteShow more|
SheJumps increases the participation of women and girls in outdoor activities. Partnering with nature, SheJumps creates safe, educational outdoor experiences for girls and women that nurture growth and transformation. Learn something new this summer or sharpen those skills with other woman who share your passion.
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