Women's Flyfishing Alaska Women's Flyfishing Alaska
Pudge Kleinkauf is a fishing guide, fly tying instructor, author and well known flyfishing expert.
About Women's Flyfishing

Cecilia “Pudge” Kleinkauf
Owner of Women’s Flyfishing®

Pudge Kleinkauf
Women's Flyfishing is a Patagonia ambassador

The owner of Women’s Flyfishing®, a Trout Unlimited Endorsed business, “Pudge” Kleinkauf, is Alaska’s leading woman fly fishing instructor, fly tier and guide. Renowned for her teaching skills in both fly fishing and fly tying, she offers lodge-based flyfishing schools and small-group guided trips for women and couples to a wide variety of Alaska’s best known fly fishing locations. A regular presenter at outdoor shows around the country, Pudge is also one of the “Special Explorers” for the Alaska Magazine Television Series on PBS. A retired University professor and lawyer, and a 45 year Alaska resident, Pudge is a member and one of the founders of the Intl. Women Fly Fishers. She serves as a Fly Fishing Ambassador for patagonia®, Elite Pro Staff for Sage Fly Rods, and as a Pro Staff member for Ross Reels, Scientific Angler™, Sierra Stream & Mountain, Jim Teeny Inc., Dailchi Hooks, and others. . Pudge & Women's Flyfishing® are a member of the Guides Association of the Federation of Fly Fishers.

  • Alaska’s premier flyfishing company for women
  • The Internet’s leading resource for women who fish with a fly rod

In business for 31 years, Women’s Flyfishing® provides a safe and supportive environment where women can learn to fly fish with both heavy and light-weight fly rods and put their skills to work on the water. Based in Anchorage, we fish throughout the State for salmon, trout, char, grayling, and pike, and provide fly fishing gear, equipment and flies for all of our trips. We also offer fly tying classes so women can fish and catch with flies that they have actually tied.


Rookie No More: The Fly Fishing Novice Gets Guidance from a ProIn addition to owning and operating Women’s Flyfishing® Pudge is the author of five books and a contributing editor for Fish Alaska Magazine.

Her first book, Fly Fishing Women Explore Alaska, 2003 Epicenter Press received several awards, and her second book, River Girls: Fly Fishing for Young Women, 2006 Johnson Books, won the first-place gold award in the Benjamin Franklin Awards’ Sports and Outdoor Recreation Competition.

Her third book, Fly Fishing for Alaska’s Arctic Grayling: Sailfish of the North, 2009 Frank Amato Publications, is the first and only book ever written on this very special Alaskan sport fish, and has received acclaim in the US, the UK, and Europe. 

Pacific Salmon Flies: New Ties & Old Standbys, 2012 Frank Amato Publications, reveals flies of her own design, as well as some salmon fishing classics. The book includes both fly tying and fly fishing techniques for each of the flies, and a chart matching the patterns with each of the five species of Pacific Salmon.  

Her recently released book, Rookie No More: The Flyfishing Novice Gets Guidance from a Pro, 2016  is a lifesaver for novice fly fishers who are struggling with unanswered questions about various aspects of the sport that they have undertaken. 

River Girls: Fly Fishing for Young Women

"Rivergirls: Fly Fishing
for Young Women"

Sample Flyfishing Presentations for
Fly Fishing Clubs & Fly Shops


  • Flyfishing for Women: Getting Started
  • Flyfishing Gear & Clothing for Women
  • Some Great Alaskan Fish and Some Great Women Fishing Them


  • Flyfishing for Pacific Salmon in Alaska
  • Alaska’s Salmon & the Flies That Take Them
  • Flyfishing Alaska’s Wild Country
  • Flyfishing for Alaska’s Trout, Char, and Grayling
  • Float Tubing for Alaska’s Trout, Char, and Grayling
  • Flyfishing Alaska’s Pike with Sub-surface Pike Flies

(We will customize a presentation for your group, your club, or your shop.)

Sample Fly Tying Presentations

  • Tying Tips for Some of Alaska’s Great Flies
  • Five Easy Salmon Flies
  • The Three Best Lake Flies for Alaska’s Stillwaters
  • Tying With Beads, Cones and Eyeballs
  • Weighted Flies for Sub-surface Pike Fishing

(We will customize a presentation for your group, your club, or your shop.)

Pudge is available as a speaker for presentations for your club or organization.
Contact Women's Flyfishing® for more information.

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