Elevation Outdoors ~ Barriers, Broken

by Tyra Sutak
October 31, 2017

Thanks to Elevation Outdoors for featuring progress, challenges, and great strides in the outdoor industry with regard to female adventurers! This piece is a must-read for retailers, anglers, activists, athletes, conservationists, leaders, educators, and pioneers of the outdoor industry.

SaraBella Fishing’s CEO, April Archer, says, “Women deserve excellent products that last and perform well when they’re out on their outdoor adventure.” The article goes on to say, “Like many Colorado female entrepreneurs in the outdoor industry, Archer not only works to make gear women want to use, she also spends a good chunk of her time educating young women on how to do so confidently and safely. According to the Outdoor Foundation’s 2016 Outdoor Participation study, only 41 percent of girls ages 13 to 17 participate in an outdoor activity—the lowest participation rate of women in all ages groups. Archer fights against that statistic. “I (we) teach girls how to tie knots, and why they should not be afraid of bugs, so they can go solve problems and enjoy the wilderness,” she says.

Read the full article here: http://www.elevationoutdoors.com/barriers-broken/

 

Thirst Magazine

Thanks to Thirst Magazine, Holidaily Brewing Co., and Crested Butte, Colorado for collaborating on this magazine! This piece and the photography are awesome!

We couldn’t have done it without the amazing Sadie Olson, her fiance Brent Taylor, and the teams from these organizations. Cheers to “smart beautiful” fishing, to delicious gluten-free beer, and to great friends. Shout-outs to Ross Reels and Otterbox coolers, too!

Ladies Night at Denver Fly Shop

Wed September 6th, 5:30-8:30pm

April Archer, SaraBella CEO, will present on current news/trends as well as ways for female anglers to get involved in the sport of fly fishing. Join us!

SaraBella Ally, Courtney Despos, will present on streamer fishing — how to up your game and catch some BIG fish!

All levels of lady anglers are welcome. No RSVP, just show up! Please support the fly shop by spreading the word, making a purchase, and bringing a friend!

 

RepYourWater’s “Bash for Boulder Creek”

SaraBella Fishing will host a SUPER FUN Casting Contest!

When: Thurs. September 7th from 4pm- Sundown

Purchase tickets at: www.repyourwater.com

The proceeds from event support Trout Unlimited/Boulder Creek conservation efforts.

 

Denver Startup Week ~ Problems into Products

Join us for a lively presentation with April Archer & Karen Hertz, two friends, survivors, and entrepreneurs, who are turning life’s challenges into their dreams. #problemsintoproducts

When:   Wed. Sept 27   12-1:30 pm

Where:  Ale House at Amato’s
2501 16th St., Denver, CO

RSVP Here!

 

Cherry Hills Trail Walk & Country Fair — with Fly Casting!

Join us for a fun-filled day at an old-fashioned Country Fair! Cherry Hills Land Preserve strives to preserve open space in the community while offering fun, educational activities for all ages!

When: Sunday, September 17th   9:30 am – 1:00 pm

SaraBella will offer fly casting at the pasture/pond. Anglers of all levels are welcome!

Purchase tickets here!

SaraBella Fishing & Minturn Anglers are Teaming Up!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who: Female Anglers! Join SaraBella Fishing & Minturn Anglers to fly fish on private water! All levels welcome.
When: Tuesday, August 15th    9 am – 1 pm
Where: Sweetwater Ranch, Dotsero, Colorado — Private Creek & Ponds! Detailed directions will be emailed to registrants.
Price: $215
Includes: Gear, lunch, and guide fees (with a 3:1 ratio). We’ll do a brief introduction to fly fishing, followed by casting instruction and fishing opportunities on Sweetwater Ranch’s beautiful private creek and ponds. We’ll have female & male guides, including Mandy Hertzfeld (of Minturn) and April Archer (of SaraBella). This is a GREAT value for the price!  Space is limited (min. 6, max. 15), sign up fast!

REGISTER HERE!!

Gratuities not included yet greatly appreciated.

Life is Life (Part 7 of Michelle’s blog series)

by Michelle Karl

This is the 7th post for Michelle’s Summer blog series. Her previous SaraBella posts include, “Cancer, Set Me Free“, “Fuel For Growth“, “Floating Together“, “Just Love“, “Seeking Water” and “Taking Hold“. She has shared her insight about her 16 month battle with (against) stage 2 breast cancer as she adventures on a 3-week road/boat trip through Wyoming, Idaho, Montana & British Columbia — to fish, camp, explore, reflect, and rejoice. We hope you enjoy the last post of the series — thanks to Michelle for her honest, insightful, and beautiful reflections of her story. You can follow Michelle on FB @

Appreciation. You cannot both feel sorry for yourself and feel appreciation at the same time. The two feelings and actions contradict each other. In the last sixteen month I have had ample material in my life to do both.

During cancer, I did not allow myself to feel sorry for myself very often. I had little opportunity to do so anyway. I was an open book and let the people around me, to the best of my ability, know how I was doing and what I needed. The result was so much love and positive encouragement that I was able to remain positive, mostly. The one thing I did find myself missing was good ‘ol, belly laughing, fun. I anticipated that this vacation would be filled with a backlog of overdue fun. I would get to go mountain biking, camping, and hiking. I would learn a new sport and float through beautiful, pristine landscapes. I thought I would be so full of fun and happiness that maybe, I would just explode.

What I found was that life is life. Living in the present is not always easy and three weeks of vacation can sometimes feel like a little too much togetherness. There was a part of me that felt like I did not get all the laughter I was owed.

Then these moments would sneak in. Playing three looooong games of Uno in our tent, sleeping under the stars as a thunderstorm rolled in, watching my daughters get up on water-skis for the first time, playing PIG with my husband at the hot springs, taking river baths, doing yoga as I watched the sunset over a clear lake, catching my first fish on a dry fly. Time would stop.

The happiness did not show up the way I had expected. It was something more penetrating. It was peace and love and wonder and connection. It was looking at this beautiful world that we all live in and really, deeply and soulfully, appreciating the gifts that life has for all of us.

I remind my clients all the time that there is always struggle in our lives. Now I am reminding myself. It looks different for each of us. Nobody really has it easier or harder. We all have our burdens that we carry. We also have our gifts.

Life always pushes against the struggle. Life will win. It may feel like the good is hiding or stubbornly avoiding us at times, but the good is always there. We have to get past the judgment and the packaging. Sometimes our greatest gifts in life will be felt while we are in the midst of crisis. Sometimes, we need to reframe our experience, look around at what is in front of us so we can appreciate what the world holds.

Today I remind myself, not my clients, to loosen the grip. To let go of control and trust – that what is waiting for me is beautiful. I vow to watch more sunsets, find more water, count my blessings, and listen for the laughter. I hope that you can do the same.

Taking Hold (Part 6 of Michelle’s Series)

by Michelle Karl

This is the 6th post for Michelle’s blog series. Her previous SaraBella posts include, “Cancer, Set Me Free“, “Fuel For Growth“, “Floating Together“, “Just Love“ and “Seeking Water“. She has shared her insight about her 16 month battle with (against) stage 2 breast cancer as she adventures on a 3-week road/boat trip through Wyoming, Idaho, Montana & British Columbia — to fish, camp, explore, reflect, and rejoice. We hope you enjoy this post — about 2 weeks into her trip. We’re honored that Michelle is sharing her story with us, so we can share it with you!

My husband and I cannot get into a float boat without arguing. I do not know what the learning curve is on learning how to fly fish or teaching someone to fly fish but it seems to me that the learning curve is a slow and steady uphill.

Today we floated the Yellowstone. We continue to do some things better and still argue about others. What we did right today – we prepped the day before, we woke up early, and we were on the river by seven-ish.

The river was magnificent. The temperature was perfect. The sun was coming over the mountains. I started to row and I felt like I was getting the hang of it. The river was flowing faster than the last two rivers but it was wide open with no rapids or rocks. There were times that it felt like the boat was dancing on the water and I got to be the one who was leading. It was a peaceful meditative dance.

Then it went wrong. I can be a bad student; I will leave it at that. It isn’t that I do not want to learn, it is that it is not an easy thing to learn. Are there any other women who row out there? Did your husband try to teach you? Are you still happily married?

My husband took over the rowing half way through and my daughter started to fish the front of the boat. Right away she caught her first fish. She caught her second minutes latter. She was super happy. I decided to try my cast off the back, away from any watchful eyes. I watched as a fish came up and started to check out my dry fly, poking at it. Then he surfaced and took a big mouthful of fake fly. He was not big but he was really beautiful. He was a cutthroat trout; the red marking across his throat was clear, his stunning calling card.

The day as a whole was a win. The scenery was spectacular. I started to really enjoy the task of rowing and I held my first fish. Persistence is starting to pay off. I think the sport is starting to take hold of me.

Seeking Water (Part 5 of Michelle’s series)

by Michelle Karl

This is the 5th post for Michelle’s blog series. Her previous SaraBella posts include, “Cancer, Set Me Free“, “Fuel For Growth“, “Floating Together“, and “Just Love“. She has shared her insight about her 16 month battle with (against) stage 2 breast cancer as she adventures on a 3-week road/boat trip through Wyoming, Idaho, Montana & British Columbia — to fish, camp, explore, reflect, and rejoice. We hope you enjoy this post — about 2 weeks into her trip. We’re honored that Michelle is sharing her story with us, so we can share it with you!

Day 12
I have always felt drawn to the water. I know that. I am sure that when I was young it started with play and social activities. The pool, the beach the creak behind my house where we found crayfish and water spiders. I loved the recreation that the water provided, I still do. However, now it goes deeper and I understand my connection in a more complete way.

In the Midwest, where I grew up, the lakes were where I found myself. In Colorado, it is the rivers. I know there is a spirituality connected to the water. Peace and Power. Ying and Yang.

It both cleanses me and grounds me. The life and the constant movement reminds me something much bigger than myself. It is always there breathing and moving. It is a relief and a comfort to have something unconditionally present for you. Something you can always seek if you choose. The water gives me that gift, and I am deeply grateful.

 

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