Diversity Featured

We are TU: Mario Guel

All images courtesty of Mario Guel

We care about clean water, healthy fisheries and vibrant communities. We roll up our sleeves to volunteer, we sit on our boards, and we strategize as members and leaders of staff. We want you to join us.  For a discounted first-time membership, click here: https://gifts.tu.org/we-are-tu 

The aim of this blog series is to highlight our friends, in hopes of making many new friends of broad stripes. In this series you’ll meet people of diverse communities – our good ideas, what we have in common, and where we differ. Know someone we should feature? Nominate them here

Since it’s not possible to sit down and have coffee or spend an afternoon on the river to show you what we’re up to, a blog post will have to do. As you read, we hope you’ll consider joining us. We need your ideas to help make a bigger impact.   

Together, we’ll help protect the special places we love.   

Mario recently stepped up to join the California Council’s diversity committee and is an ambassador for Brown Folks Fishing. In between fishing, guiding, mountain biking – he’s working hard to break down barriers to the sport of fly fishing and participating in conservation. We’re excited to introduce him to you today.

In keeping with our ongoing equity practice, the “We are TU” series is focusing more directly on the need to foster a more equitable, diverse and inclusive fishing and conservation community. We have updated the questions as such. Mario was willing to give us his perspective on his history with fly fishing and conservation, as well as how the lack of diversity in those fields has impacted him. We are grateful for his willingness to share his perspectives on these topics, as well for as his time and talents! If we are to protect, conserve and restore our rivers and streams, we will need all voices at the table and all hands on deck.

Introducing Mario Guel (@tacoflyco) in Quincy, CA

For Mario’s episode, we did a live conversation, which you can listen to here:

If you want to join  Mario and grow the community and work of Trout Unlimited, we encourage you to  join us! For a discounted first-time membership, click here: https://gifts.tu.org/we-are-tu 

By Jenny Weis.