11th Annual Chica De Mayo – Women’s Fly Fishing Event


From Simms:

“Chica de Mayo” is a fantastic day of fly fishing education, camaraderie, programs, fundraising and more!  We have been seeing right around 200 women attend this event for the past several years. 

Our volunteer team has been planning for the 11th Annual Chica de Mayo for about 6 months and now things are getting serious. This year’s event will be held on Saturday, May 11th from 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM at The River’s Edge West and SIMMS (see schedule and more at link below). New this year, we are expanding our educational offerings quite a bit…and also offering an event kick off social/trunk show Friday evening – quite a few changes overall this year. We are continually amazed at the growth, interest and participation in this event. 

To RSVP for Friday Night and Saturday Morning events CLICK HERE!

We are excited for this year’s expanded schedule – Check it out!

FRIDAY, May 10th
4:30 – 6:30 PM:  Event Kick Off – Social & SIMMS Fishing Products Trunk Show at Bozeman Spirits Distillery
SATURDAY, May 11th 
MORNING: Sign-up required for morning sessions only – SIGN UP LINK HERE
8:30 – 9:15:       SIMMS Factory Tour – did we mention coffee and donuts?
9:30 – 10:15:     Conservation Presentation – Know Your Watershed: What’s Happening with River Protection in SW Montana, and What Can We Do?” with Guy Alsentzer – Executive Director & Founder of Upper Missouri Waterkeeper.
10:30 – 11:30:  *Advanced Casting Clinic with some of the best female fly casters in the country! Space will be Limited. *Fee
*Advanced Casting is CURRENTLY FULL!* Ladies can continue to sign-up and will be placed on a waiting list

Lunch Break – “People’s Sandwich” FOOD TRUCK ON SITE!

AFTERNOON: No sign-up required
1:00 – 3:00:     Educational Clinics at The River’s Edge West
3:00 – 4:00:     Program & Speakers at SIMMS Fly Fishing Products
4:00 – 5:00:     Networking & Cocktail Party at SIMMS Fly Fishing Products Lobby

Hey Ladies – it’s almost time for the largest women’s fly fishing event in Montana, the United States, and well, probably the world! The River’s Edge and Simms Fishing Products are hosting the 11th Annual Chica de Mayo! This ladies fly fishing event will be held at The River’s Edge WEST and Simms Fishing Products (see schedule above). This year we are excited for our expanded schedule and we hope you’ll attend it ALL! That said, all of these events are optional and participants can pick and choose what they would like to attend. Please note that Saturday morning sessions require advanced sign-up! CLICK HERE TO RSVP!

We’ll kick things off on Friday night with a social and SIMMS Trunk Show at Bozeman Spirits Distillery in beautiful downtown Bozeman. On Saturday morning, we will hold special, sign up-required educational sessions. In the afternoon, we’ll offer several NEW and fantastic educational clinics for you to learn, ask questions, and fine-tune your fly fishing skills. These clinics are FREE and will be hosted by some of the best in the field and of course, there will be incentives for your participation. We are also thrilled to welcome Anne Marie Emery as our guest speaker. Anne Marie is a passionate conservationist and angler who has dedicated her career to protecting wild trout waters in Idaho and Montana. She is currently the Executive Director of The Bighorn River Alliance. Anne Marie will share her passions and journey with us and we can’t wait! The Casting for Recovery Crew and The Pink Drift boat will be on hand and there will be some great opportunities to fundraise for this important cause. Did we mention there will be fantastic prizes, plenty of fun, and a cocktail party to round out the day? So, grab a girlfriend and come hang out with some fun and fishy women at the 11th annual #chicademayo!

Call the River’s Edge: 406.586.5373 or 406.284.2401
The River’s Edge West  is located at 59 North Star Lane, Bozeman, MT 59718
Simms Fishing Products  is located at 177 Garden Dr, Bozeman MT 59718
Bozeman Spirits Distillery is located at 121 W. Main St, Bozeman, MT 59715
2019 Women’s Fly Fishing School – Beginner
This is a ONE-DAY only class. Interested women can choose ONE of the following dates:
    • Saturday, May 18th 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM
    • Saturday, June 1st 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM
  • Cost: $50 *Non-Refundable within 48 hours of class time
  • Where: The River’s Edge – WEST
  • Maximum Participants: 8 per class

Come join Sarah Clark of The River’s Edge for a fun day of learning the basics of fly-fishing in a women’s only environment. This one-day class will include both indoor and outdoor instruction and will cover topics such as: equipment selection, basic entomology, fly selection, need-to-know knots, casting instruction and fly shop layout. Each participant will receive a booklet containing information on the topics covered. The class is designed for the beginner angler, but is also a great refresher for the intermediate angler. Rental rods supplied for those who do not have their own rod/reel set-up.

*MT Fishing License NOT required
*Participants should call the River’s Edge-West at (406) 284-2401 for further information or to sign up & reserve their spot.

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