Learning New Skills with the Ladies

Each year all over the USA there are Becoming an Outdoors Woman workshops. These workshops are wonderful for introducing new skills to adventurous women of all ages. This year I was helping teach a number of freshwater fishing classes.


Day one  started out very at a very chilly for Florida 24  degrees. After spending the night tent camping I was grateful to have my MK Stagecoach Jacket to wear to fend off the cooler temps. The hand warmer pockets were put to good use!


Class 1 was pan fishing. We talked about line, rods, reels most of the ladies were familiar -the big questions were how do I tie on my own hook and how do a take a fish off the hook.

This did not surprise me. So many of the ladies had gone fishing with the Dad or brothers growing up. The thing that troubled them was why did they never get taught to do these things! Tying knots is simple enough. and learning how to remove a hook from a fish, though a dirty job is something every fisherman should know. So fellas – teach your sisters, daughters and girlfriends everything – so they are well prepared to enjoy the sport of fishing even when you are not around.


We received the same responses from the Bass Fishing class participants as well. All the women from both classes had no trouble casting, most even know about the lures and bait. I must say it felt great leaving with 30+ more ladies heading out with all the skills they need to be able to go fishing on their own.

MK Stagecoach Jacket

By the end of the weekend many of the ladies were sporting their new MK Organic Tee’s (won as door prizes) and thanking all the wonderful volunteer instructors for taking the time to teach them new and useful skills.


Watch out fellas….these gals just may out fish you!

About notacluegal

Jeanene was born in Pittsburgh, PA. As a young child her family was very active in the outdoors. Things changed when her parents decided to travel down different paths in life and with that decision so went many of the opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. Being lucky to live in the suburbs Jeanene always had a backyard to play in and loved being outdoors. As the years passed she took every opportunity to be outdoors. She bought land in Tennessee and as a single mom moved her young daughter to the mountains. The were many life lessons learned on that mountain. There was no plumbing on the property – or even a house, but that did not stop her. She learned to live off of what was available and built her own cabin from the trees on her property. Those were rough years but the most rewarding. Now Jeanene resides in Tampa, Fl. and works as an office manager full time….but still yeans to be outdoors. Jeanene started “Not a Clue Adventures” to teach everyone she could how wonderful the outdoors are! That camping and fishing and hiking can be done by everyone and at many different levels. Single mom’s no longer have to be afraid to take their sons and daughters outdoors. By working with young couples, single parents and even seniors, she gets to teach others about her love for the outdoors and hopes to open their eyes to new adventures. In 2009, Jeanene completed certification as a Leave No Trace Instructor. She also works closely with the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF), Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) and the Florida State Parks. Jeanene is also certified in First Aid/Adult CPR.
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