Kara Tripp and Lynae Axelson are sisters from Montana, and they are the straight-up real deal. I met these two several years back at a fly fishing show in Denver, and they became one of the first TU Business members focused entirely on creating great fly fishing experiences and gear especially for women.
Kara is an outfitter and guide who is committed to teaching and sharing her passion with others. When she’s not on the water, she is designing for Damsel Fly Fishing, a women’s fly fishing accessory brand she co-founded with her sister Lynae. They customize bland fly fishing accessories to make them more suitable for women. In between, she hosts trips to Belize in search of the “silver king,” can be followed to the Far East in pursuit of the carnivorous mouse-eating trout, or on the rivers of the Pacific Northwest chasing steelhead.
After being interned briefly in Seattle, Lynae moved back to Montana in 2015. It was back in Montana that the lifelong dream of designing women’s fly fishing accessories finally hatched and Damsel Fly Fishing was born. When she is not putting together sales forecasts for Damsel, she is exploring local water, improving her spey casting, and plotting her next fishing trip.
Join me on Instagram Live at 2 p.m. MT today on Instagram (@troutunlimited) when we talk with Kara and Lynae @damsel_fly_fishing about fishing, fashion and the road ahead for women in fly fishing.