MEET OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM
LEADERSHIP TEAM BIOS
Nor Cal WOTF has an amazing group of women who make it all happen! These six 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. She 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"). She is co-founder of the nonprofit Rising to the Fly that helps get more women out on the water and a liaison for United Women on the Fly.
You can find and follow her on Instagram at @troutgirlca.
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 learn how to fly fish. These days she fishes as much as she can, wherever she can! Temma went on her first float trip on the Trinity river with NCWOF in January of 2022 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. She is co-founder of Rising to the Fly, on the United Women on the Fly team and a board member of Diablo Valley Fly Fishing Club. 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 @norcalflygal
Secretary and Social Media
Jen Hays has been in love with fly fishing for two years now. She grew up fishing for largemouth bass on Clearlake but was introduced to the world of fly fishing when she moved to Chico. Jen is a second grade teacher and since working with Jennie in school, her and Jennie worked hard to find more women to fish with. NorCal Women on the Fly was born! Now she fishes as much as she can between teaching, mountain biking, and hunting. Most of her fishing knowledge was gained by fishing with the ladies of NCWOTF. Learning to fly fish, especially from so many amazing anglers, 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 because it is calm and peaceful, unlike yard duty during recess! She loves finding a sweet little spot to float in the pontoon, throw her favorite fly (caddis dry fly) and watch the fish come up and grab it! You can also find her on the Sacramento River fishing large clousers for stripped bass or in Lake Almanor searching for big ol' browns with a balanced leech. 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
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