How Technology Has Changed Fly Fishing and What’s Ahead with Wanda Taylor
In February we welcome the return of Wanda Taylor. Her previous show taught us the hidden dangers in fly fishing, now she will show us that the race to innovate is not limited to the computer and auto industries. It wasn’t so long ago that your neoprene waders and whippy fiber glass Fenwick rod were ahead of their time, now you might be struggling to keep up with the onslaught of must have new products. If you’re wondering what to buy next, Wanda will put it all in perspective in a program that promises to be part history and part back to the future. In a long career as an industry insider she has witnessed first hand the changes that make present day equipment so much cheaper and more efficient.
Wanda Taylor has been fishing since she was four. Her grandmothers taught her to fish in the mountains of north Georgia. Even while going to North Whitfield High School near Dalton and then onward to Dalton State College. She enjoyed water skiing and fishing the lakes and rivers near her home. However, her love for fishing increased when she agreed to marry Gary Taylor, a professional fly angler. Within their partnership she became a fly fishing guide, fly casting instructor, Fly Fish TV hostess and has been featured in many fly fishing videos, online podcasts and is also a published outdoor writer.
Wanda teaches fly fishing and conducts instructional guiding classes locally in Tennessee and Georgia, as well as nationally at International Federation of Fly Fishing (IFFF) expos, Trout Unlimited festivals, club events and fly fishing conclaves and shows. Her topics range from how to fly fish in fresh and saltwater, destination fly fishing, mentoring others into the sport and her fly fishing life story.
Her awards and achievements of “Firsts” are many. Wanda was the first woman certified by the FFI as a Master Certified Casting Instructor (MCCI). She was the first woman Orvis-Endorsed guide in the Southeastern United States. She was awarded the Southeastern FFI 2005 Woman of the Year Award and in 2008 the FFI South East Council Award of Excellence. This award was given to Wanda for her work with breast cancer survivors of “Casting for Recovery,” the Georgia Women Fly Fishers “Casting For Confidence,” as well as, for her teaching and testing activities for the FFI Certified Casting Instructors program. Wanda is also an ambassador for the Goodwill Guides and Project Healing Waters nonprofit organizations.
Wanda has been an Advisory Staff Member of Temple Fork Outfitters rods and equipment for many years and is also on the Pro Staff of Chota Outdoor Gear and is an Ambassador for Aqua Design and Maven Fly technical clothing for women anglers.
2017 has been a busy year for Wanda with many “Firsts” including first Pike, walleye and grayling on a fly, first kayaking and snorkeling with beluga whales in the Arctic Ocean in the Polar capitol of the world.
She is a board member and retreat leader for www.castingcarolinas.com .
Retreat leader and guide for www.projecthealingwaters.org To learn more about Wanda, visit:
Facebook: Wanda Hair Taylor
Instagram: The-Souths- 1stladyofflyfishing