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Wanda Taylor has been fishing since she was four. Her grandmothers taught her to fish and her love for fishing increased when she agreed to marry a professional fly guide. Wanda later became a fly fishing guide, fly casting instructor and Fly Fish TV hostess.  She has been featured in fly fishing video’s and online podcasts, has become a published outdoor writer and has joined the Patagonia Pro Staff. Wanda has been a National Advisory Staff member with TFO for 16+ years.

Wanda teaches fly fishing and conducts instructional guiding classes locally in Tennessee and Georgia, as well as, nationally at IFFF Expo’s, TU Festivals, club events and fly fishing shows. Skip Clement, publisher of flyflifemagazine.com writes about Wanda. “For Wanda to be able to go “Back to the Future” and get folks fast-track launched into the art world of fly fishing takes a special talent. Never saw anyone do it better than her. She keeps her patients well sedated with “relax and enjoy”.

She has been featured speaker at fly clubs, expo’s, conclaves, and private fly fishing events across the United States and around the world. Her fly fishing topics range from how to fly fish in fresh and or saltwater, destination fly fishing, mentoring others into the sport, and her fly fishing life story.

Her awards and achievements of “Firsts” are one of the reasons, Kevin Howell, owner of Davidson River Outfitters, gave her the title, “The South’s 1st Lady of Fly Fishing”. She is the 1st woman to be inducted into the Southern Appalachians fly fishing museum “Hall of Fame”. She was the 1st woman certified by the International Federation of Fly Fishers as a Master certified casting instructor in the world. The 1st woman Orvis endorsed guide in the Southeastern United States. She was awarded the Southeastern IFFF 2005 Woman of the year award and in 2008 the IFFF SE Council award of Excellence. This award was given to Wanda for her work with breast cancer survivors of “Casting For Recovery” and The Georgia Women Fly Fishers, “Casting For Confidence” as well as, for her teaching and testing activities for the IFFF Certified Casting Instructors program. Wanda is also an ambassador for the Goodwill Guides, Project Healing Waters Women Initiative nation wide, as well as, a board member and retreat leader of Casting Carolina’s, free retreats for women with all types of cancer.

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