MEET OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM
LEADERSHIP TEAM BIOS
Nor Cal WOTF has an amazing group of women who make it all happen! These eight women volunteer their time to make our group the best place for all women to learn and experience fly fishing.
Event Lead and Merchandise
Jennie Felkins started fishing with her dad as a little girl. It was their thing and she’s continued that with her husband-it was one of their first dates! Jennie became passionate about fly fishing spring of 2020 and now she wants to catch everything only on the fly. Jennie passionate about finding other ladies to fish with that had the same obsession as well as be a part of something bigger than herself. She wants to help build a community that encourages, inspires and mentors all ladies in this sport. She wants any lady who looks at this group to see themselves somewhere within this group and feel invited and welcomed. Nothing makes her happier then when someone shares "I thought I was just going fishing, I didn't know I was going to find myself." One of her favorite places to fish is a drive north on a dirt road and then stop at the pine tree with 5 branches, park and then hike east down hill to the 3rd rock on the right. You'll see it! "Secret Spot!" If she’s not there then she’s in the Lake Almanor area or Belize. Her favorite fly is any fly she ties that catches a fish!! Fav freshwater - Halloween fly (her name for it!) You can find and follow her on Instagram at @cool_momma_j
Membership, Website and Resource Liaison
Julia Mitchell has been fly fishing since 1999 when she took a weekend course in Dunsmuir with her mother. She fished with her mother for over 15 years until her mom hung up her waders. Now she's excited to fish with new friends she's met through NorCal Women on the Fly. Julia has been looking for a group that fosters friendships and offers great outings for women at all levels. She's looking forward to welcoming all new members as well as generating partnerships with local businesses/organizations. Eventually she will be creating a regional ambassador program to help others learn about NorCal's many amazing fishing areas. Her favorite place to fish is anywhere new - especially good dry fly fishing. Her go to fly is pretty much any hopper (always looking for a good "hopper-tunity").
You can find and follow her on Instagram at @troutgirlca.
Secretary and Social Media
Jen Hays has been in love with fly fishing for about a year now. She fishes as much as she can, wherever she can! On her off time, she’s a second grade teacher. Jen grew up bass fishing, but she had never (successfully) fly fished before. So, being the emotionally and financially stable “socially-distant” teacher with tons of time to spare, she figured she’d try this thing out! Learning to fly fish, especially from so many amazing ladies, has been an incredible experience with tons of laughs, mistakes, tears, and new friends. Catching fish in Northern California is her favorite place to be, especially on still-water lakes and ponds because it is calm and peaceful, unlike yard duty during recess! She loves finding a sweet little spot to float in the kayak, throw her favorite fly (caddis dry fly) and watch the fish bite it like she bites a juicy double-double from In n Out. Jen feels it’s been a privilege to be able to meet some badass fisherwomen and becoming a part of the NCWOTF admin team, she wants to do everything she can to help ladies have the same experience. You can find and follow her on Instagram at @jennyleigh19
Allison Cofield has been fly fishing for 5 years. She’s fished some pretty incredible locations but one in particular holds a very special place in her heart….the river where she first learned to fly fish- the West Carson in Hope Valley, California. Nestled into a stunning valley in the Sierras, the river snakes through a meadow surrounded by all the wildflowers and aspen trees your heart can desire. Allison was so fortunate to grow up just a short drive down the hill from this place, and after so many years, she still gets butterflies every single time I drop into the valley. She joined the admin team simply because she wants to be a part of connecting more women who share the same passion for fishing! Allison wants to connect and introduce women to more opportunities on the water to learn, gain confidence, and have a hell of a time doing it! Fishing has gifted her some of the best experiences of her life, and want as many people as possible to be able to share that same feeling. Allison’s absolute favorite fly is a messy little burgundy nymph her dad tied and gave to her. She caught a beautiful cutthroat with it on her first ever trip to Pyramid lake. That fly now lives permanently on the visor in her pickup, she earned her retirement 10 times over. You can find and follow her on Instagram @allisoncofield. Her indoor hobby is leather work! Check out her fishing related items like fly wallets and reel cases on Instagram @blue.creek.leather
Nera Crawford is an avid outdoors-woman born and raised in Northern California. She never considered to try flyfishing until the summer of 2018 in Montana. It was the painstaking attempt to catch a grayling on a lure while watching her husband entice these fish with a fly he found in his bag. Returning from that trip she expressed her interest and received her first fly rod and reel from her mother-in-law and has been hooked ever since with this new found passion. Fly fishing not only took her another level out of her comfort zone and challenged her but has taken her on many new adventures. Now she keeps a fly rod in her truck at all times.. because you just never know when you will come across some fishy water. She has now fished and caught fish in most of the Western States and Hawaii. Thankful she mustered up the courage to attend a Nor Cal Women on the Fly event she is learning more and has met some amazing women. As an admin she is excited to help others ignite their passion further and build other women up in their own journey's. During her time off from working in healthcare if she's not hanging out with her five labs training for hunts tests or hanging out with them on the couch you can find them hiking, hunting or fishing the lakes, streams, creeks or favorite alpine lakes in the mountain ranges from Mt Shasta to Mt Lassen. You can find and follow her on Instagram at @indigenous_squirrel
Treasurer and Event Logistics
Nicole Peterson has been fishing all her life but fly fishing for the last ten month thanks to Jennie Felkins and she loves it! She loves fly fishing and the rock star chicks that are her admin cohorts. She joined the NorCal Women on the Fly admin team with hopes of sharing the joy of the experience of fly fishing with other women. She also wants to serve as a mentor to youth to get them into nature as well as interacting with wildlife and our environment. Her favorite fishing spot is Lake Almanor right now, but it’s going to change the more opportunity she gets to fish new waters! Her favorite go-to fly is the blood midge. When not fishing she’s a proud rice and almond farmer feeding world with Peterson Farming Inc. You can find and follow her on Instagram @Miminicolep
Strategic Planning and Governance
Temma Roby started fly fishing in May of 2021 and has never looked back. Her love for fly fishing started when she went fly fishing with her daughter many years ago on the Klammath and promised herself one day she would do it again. She fishes as much as she can, wherever she can! Temma went on her first float trip on the Trinity river with NCWOF and was blown away at how quickly she became a part of this amazing group of women. One of Temma's favorite places to fish is on Putah Creek in Winters. Temma is the Chief Financial Officer of a law firm in Walnut Creek and is on the Board of Directors and volunteers with the Contra Costa Humane Society and Solano Community Animal Response Team. If Temma isn't working or fishing you will likely find her kayaking, running or hiking. You can find and follow her on Instagram at @temmaroby