Colorado Mountain College stands with Orvis’s 50/50 on the Water movement and is committed to providing opportunities for women to enter the outdoor industry as professional fly fishing guides. Orvis has generously donated two $2,300 packages of fly fishing gear to help two women, who are enrolled in the professional fly fishing guide program in Leadville, the opportunity to get geared to be on the water.
Each gear scholarship package includes: Helios 3 Rod Outfit, Women’s Ultralight Waders, Women’s Ultralight Wading Boots, Women’s PRO Wading Jacket, 50/50 Hat, and a 50/50 T-Shirt.
Of the 6.5 million Americans who enjoy fly fishing, approximately 31% are women, according to a New York Times article published in December 2017. The 50/50 on the water movement, a campaign sponsored by Orvis and other outdoor brands to create gender parity in fly fishing, wants this number increase to 50% by 2020.
Orvis and the #5050OnTheWater movement are taking action to make this possible by developing women-specific gear, providing educational opportunities, partnering with nonprofits, and story telling. These efforts hope to inspire more women to step into their waders and venture on the river.
“One of the most rewarding things I experience as a woman in the outdoor industry is when I meet women who are totally awesome at what they do,” says Robin, a graduate of CMC’s Professional Fly Fishing Guide program, “These ladies inspire me. Just being around them causes me to believe in myself — and that’s profound.”
The scholarship is open to women enrolled in the full Professional Fly Fishing guide program at Colorado Mountain College Leadville during the summer 2019 session.