12th Annual Chica de Mayo – Women’s Fly Fishing Event
Saturday, May 9th 2020 at The River's Edge West
**STAY TUNED FOR RSPV LINK - COMING SOON**
Hey Ladies! The River’s Edge and SIMMS Fishing Products will host Chica de Mayo on Saturday, May 9th from Noon to 5:00pm at The River’s Edge West. What started out twelve years ago as a small gathering of women to get familiar with fly fishing and fly shops has evolved into the one of the largest women’s fly-fishing event in the world! Chica de Mayo celebrates women in fly-fishing and offers educational clinics, phenomenal speakers, prizes, a cocktail party and networking, and much more.
We’ll kick things off on Friday night with a social and SIMMS Trunk Show – more exciting details coming soon!
Greater Yellowstone Coalition (GYC) will kick off Saturday’s events with the showing of Paradise, a short film by Erik Peterson, an award-winning filmmaker based in Clyde Park. Paradise is a documentary about the proposal of a gold mine in Emigrant Gulch near Yellowstone National Park and a community’s fight to stop it. After the showing, representatives from GYC will share the background on the Yellowstone Gateway Business Coalition’s success, the challenges still ahead, and what we can do to help protect Paradise Valley and the Yellowstone River.
Other Saturday events include beginner-to-advanced casting lessons, educational workshops, hands-on activities, and a rod-rigging competition.
At this year’s program, we are excited to welcome a panel of women anglers as our “keynote speakers”, with a broad mix of fishing experience and age ranges. The line-up includes professional fishing guide and conservationist, Mia Sheppard and her daughter, Tegan; passionate angler, Chica de Mayo casting instructor, and retired SIMMS employee, Marie Stull; professional fishing guide, and casting instructor, Alice Owsley; and Lindsay Kulper, SIMMS Product Line Manager, a newer angler with a unique entrance into the sport.
Throughout the day, merchandise sales, pink bucket raffles and silent auctions will raise funds for Casting for Recovery, a non-profit organization that offers breast cancer survivors a unique retreat program that combines breast cancer education and peer support with the therapeutic sport of fly fishing. Simms Fishing Products and Bozeman Spirits Distillery will conclude the event with a cocktail and networking party in the lobby of their corporate office. So, grab a girlfriend and come hang out with some fun and fishy women at the 12th annual Chica de Mayo!
Ladies are being asked to please RSVP for the GYC presentation and the Advanced Casting session only. Saturday afternoon does not require a RVSP.
** STAY TUNED FOR RSVP LINK **
Chica de Mayo would like to thank the event sponsor - The Madison-Gallatin Chapter of Trout Unlimited - for their incredible support.
FRIDAY, May 8th
5:30 – 7:30 PM: Event Kick Off - Social & SIMMS Fishing Products Fashion Show
Location Details COMING SOON!
SATURDAY, May 9th
“People’s Sandwich” FOOD TRUCK ON SITE!
12:00 - 1:00 *CONSERVATION HOUR: Our friends at Greater Yellowstone Coalition will share the short film "Paradise", followed by a presentation and Q&A.
Location: SIMMS Fishing Products Headquarters (HQ)
*RSVP link for this free session coming soon!
1:00 - 2:00: *ADVANCED Casting Clinic with some of the best female fly casters in the country! These small group clinics are for the intermediate angler, looking for next level instruction. Space will be limited and there is a $20 Fee per person.
Location: Check-in at SIMMS Fishing Products HQ
*REGISTRATION LINK for the Advanced Casting Clinic coming soon!
1:00 - 3:00: Beginning Casting Instruction on the SIMMS Casting Pond
1:00 – 3:00: Educational Clinics at The River’s Edge West
3:00 – 4:15: Program & Speakers at SIMMS Fly Fishing Products HQ
4:15 – 5:00: Networking & Cocktail Party at SIMMS Fly Fishing Products Lobby