MEET OUR ADMINISTRATION TEAM
ADMIN TEAM BIOS
Nor Cal WOTF has an amazing group of women who make it all happen! These seven women volunteer their time to make our group the best place for all women to learn and experience fly fishing.
Treasurer and Event Lead Administrator
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
Secretary, Social Media and Regional Ambassador Administrator
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
Membership, Resource and Regional Ambassador Administrator
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.
Social Media and Website Administrator
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
Event Logistics and Nonprofit Administrator
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
Newsletter and Social Media Administrator
Tina Mickelson grew up spinner fishing with her dad from a very young age and didn't discover fly fishing until September 2017 when she joined a women's fly fishing weekend up in the Burney area with the Becoming an Outdoor Woman program. Tina quite literally "caught the bug". She loves being a part of NCWOTF as it’s allowed her the opportunity to meet some amazing women and fish many new and fun places this year. Tina hopes to encourage more women to try fly fishing, getting out of their comfort zones, explore new places, and even being ok with not catching a fish but the experience of trying! Tina’s writes the monthly newsletter to keep everyone updated on upcoming events, share with northern California fishing updates and help with the Facebook group to assist our members build connections. She looks forward to fishing with new and old friends. You can find and follow her fishing antics as well as the life of a firewife, army mom, love of cooking, trail running, hiking, and being a dog mom on Instagram at @t.d.mickelson