Erica Nelson is our guest on the Outdoor Adventure Series today. 

Erica is a self-taught angler and fly-fishing guide passionate about sharing her learning journey.

Topics We Discussed 

  • What advice would you give BIPOC to begin exploring the outdoors?
  • What’s your favorite part of being a fishing guide?
  • What is the Angling for All Pledge?

Ah Ha Moment

Last year was an incredible year for me professionally, and I ended up launching and registering Awkward Angler as a business. I was getting so much work with public speaking and different articles and things, and I think it was finally when I was bombarded after the New York Times article came out. Doing this interview, and then once it came out, it was like, wow, this is a big national publication, and my inbox blew up with different things and opportunities.

At the end of the year, being invited on this VIP Brazil fishing trip down in the Amazon. And it was a very, very luxurious trip to catch some Peacock Bass. And I’m like, this is my job right now. This is pretty awesome. To eat Brazilian food, drink cocktails, and then catch these awesome, beautiful fish in the Amazon. So, that was a pretty awesome experience.

Insight2go

I didn’t think this was much of an insight until I had a friend reach back out to me recently and say, you’ve said this, and it stuck with me, which is, if it’s not fun, don’t do it.

Media & Resources

https://www.landconserve.org/news/2022/12/learning-on-the-water

https://www.fieldandstream.com/fishing/erica-nelson-fly-fishing-interview/

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/19/travel/female-indigenous-fly-fishing-guide.html

Next Steps 

To learn more about Erica and her work, visit her website at https://www.awkwardangler.com/.

Click here to find Erica on these social sites:

Instagram

YouTube


Be sure to check out Brown Folks Fishing, a community-based organization by and for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) anglers. Their website is https://www.brownfolksfishing.com/

The Outdoor Adventure Series is a Podcast Production of Fox Coaching, Inc. 

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