Meet Our Board

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LIZ LUCABAUGH

President

I’ve been fishing since I was 5 years old, but it wasn’t until after I moved to North GA that I discovered fly fishing.

 

I joined the Georgia Women Fly Fishers with the intent of getting outside more and to resurrect my old passion for fishing. I learned very quickly that fly fishing takes a lot of patience and determination; I’ve had my share of humbling experiences on the water, but the tug keeps me coming back for more. I respect the science and intricacies of fly fishing and being outside is the cherry on top. Streamer fishing is my go-to but I also regularly practice nymphing techniques – Euro nymphing is next on my to-do list.

 

Outside of fishing, I work as a Data Visualization Developer at Emory University and I’m a Fur Mom to my chocolate lab, Chip.

TORI WALBURN

Vice President

With an undeniable passion for life, Tori Walburn is sure to brighten up anyone's day with her dynamic and animated spirit.

 

By day, Tori rocks her Oxfords at a real estate law firm, but once the weekends hit, you can catch the reflection of Tori’s smile and wading boots in any blue line north of Jones Bridge.

 

For the past two years, her rod and reel have stayed packed in her Mini Cooper ready to rig up anytime she can escape to the river.

 

Her excitement and dedication for flying fishing grows with every tug and landing a wild rainbow is just one of her insta-worthy posts captured to share with her digital fly fishing community.

PEGGY BROWN

Website & IT Communication

Work brought me to Atlanta in 2009, but it was the Hooch that really sealed the deal. Born in SoCal, but not really from there, I've been a bit of a nomad - with sojourns in San Francisco Bay Area, Las Vegas, Puerto Vallarta (ostensibly to improve my Spanish ;), and Southeast TX. I made my way back to Atlanta at the end of 2020. GA is where I want to be. This time, I'm putting down roots.

Fly fishing first hooked me in early spring 2008. While trekking PA's Kinzua Forest trails in borrowed gear, I barely managed to keep up with my fishing partners. Eyes on the path just wasn't possible. Everywhere I looked, hosta was peeking up through the leaves. I saw the forest waking up that week and returned to Vegas very much a changed person. 

I haven't clocked a lot of hours fly fishing, but I've been around it enough to know that a big part of the draw is the people I meet and our shared interest in protecting the watershed. 

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SYLVIA HURON

Outreach Coordinator

I started fishing when I was about 6 years old when my Dad took me fishing with long cane poles. The first fish I caught was a 3lb catfish. I’ve been hooked ever since.  

I saw someone fly fishing in a documentary years ago and thought, “that’s so cool!” My son Ian kept encouraging me to try it. Then I learned about the Georgia Women Fly Fishers from Jennifer Gilbert, our current President, and I gave it a try. Now I’m hooked again!

When I’m not fishing, I’m an RN and have been for almost 20 years. The majority of that time I’ve worked in Pediatrics but now I work in Case Management. I love being a Nurse!

I also enjoy spending time with family and good friends, exercising, reading, crocheting and spending time with my son Ian and my soon-to-be daughter in law, Jess!  Hopefully, I’ll be taking my grandchildren fly fishing one day!

FERNANDA FRAIRE

Social Media Director

Growing up, my dad would take me fishing using a rope, hook, and worm. When I met my husband, he showed me his favorite hobby, fly fishing. I used to sit on the banks of rivers and watch him. I was afraid to try; afraid to fail. I didn’t see many people that looked like me out in the water, and that made me more nervous. It wasn’t until I walked to a stocked pond by myself and gave it a go. I have been hooked since. I’ve always loved the outdoors, and growing up I was outspoken about nature conservation. Fly fishing fits everything I’m passionate about. The best thing I love about fly fishing is that I can make it be whatever I want. I love how I can share it with friends or go solo. It can be a quiet getaway or a roaring adventure. I still get excited about catching the little bluegills. 

 

I joined the Georgia Women Fly Fishers to meet and encourage women with the same vibe. Seeing the dedication of others motivates me. I want to learn from other women and share some great experiences doing something we all love.

DEBRA PAULI

Treasurer

As a child growing up in New Orleans everyone fished. Once I moved to Atlanta, I took up sailing on Lake Lanier where I was very active with Barefoot Sailing Club. Sailing was a hobby that I thoroughly enjoyed but all good things come to an end.  I wanted a new challenge.  

 

Had I lived closer to the coast, I think I would have ended up with a fishing boat so I could fill the cooler with my catch. Since that wasn’t an answer, I thought I would try fly fishing. I knew an old sailing friend was a member of GWFF and GWFF offered classes. I enrolled, knowing nothing, and loved it from the moment we entered the Hooch at Paces Mill. That was 2016. Recently, I’ve done some saltwater fly fishing and I am hooked more than any fish caught. 

FRIENDS OF GWFF

Georgia Women Flyfishers is proud of our relationships with so many supporters in the fishing community. We are partnered with, are supported by and provide support to the following

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