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Meet Our Board

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TORI WALBURN

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 a Blazer working along side one of Atlanta’s top Real Estate Agents but once the weekend hits, you can catch the reflection of her smile and wading boots in any blue line north of Jones Bridge.

 

Over the past five years her passion for fly fishing has only grown leading to the purchase of her beloved Hyde Drift boat and a new found love of rowing her fishing buddies down the Chattahoochee.

 

Her excitement and dedication for fly fishing grows with every tug on the line!

MEGAN NELLEN

Vice President

A native Atlantan, Megan learned how to cast when her childhood minister, PRUMC's Don Harp, put a fly rod in her hand in front of a mosquito-infested pond in south Georgia. It wasn't until 15 years later that she heard the zingggg of her reel and landed her first fish - a bonefish on the flats of Belize. 

Megan's first years as an angler were spent in the salt, but she picked up freshwater fishing five years ago - about the time she joined GWFF as a member. Recently, memorable freshwater trips include hiking and fishing for bull trout throughout in the Bob Marshall Wilderness and floating the Missouri River in search of the big browns. An educator, Megan is most passionate about her volunteer work with Casting for Recovery - Georgia and more recently as a guide for All Kids Fish in Helen.

ELLEN BEGLEY

Newsletter

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DAISY LUTHER

Social Media Coordinator

Growing up in the hills of Northern Georgia has provided me with an abundance of fishing opportunities. When I was 6 years old I caught my first trout at a ‘kid’s fish day’ that was organized at a nearby state park. I’ll never forget the smell of canned corn, sticky hands, the thrill of my reel zinging, and the bend in my Zebco Snoopy fishing pole. My Grandpa snapped a picture. It was childhood spin fishing for trout that hooked me first.

 

My love for fishing only grew from there. Over the last 8 years I’ve picked up fly fishing and just can’t seem to put it down. 

 

These days you can find me on the small streams ambushing Brook Trout or on the coast trying to figure out how to land a Snook on fly. It’s a joy and an honor to serve this group of women, and help ignite the same excitement for fishing in the hearts of others!

NANETTE O'HARA

Outreach Coordinator

After a career in science and environmental journalism, Nanette embarked on a second career directing public outreach for a regional partnership coordinating the restoration of Tampa  Bay.

 

Then she launched a third career running her own environmental communications business

before retiring to the North Georgia mountains in 2021. An avid saltwater fly fisher and Pacific Northwest steelheader, she is going all-in on small-stream fishing for trout, with a lot of help and encouragement from GWFF members.

 

Nanette is a former instructor for the Oregon Becoming an Outdoorswoman Fly Fishing Program, the former President of the Tampa Bay Fly Fishing Club and the current social media manager for the Rabun Trout Unlimited Chapter.

She is learning to fish spring hatches on the Chattooga River till “oh dark thirty” like a real Rabunite.

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. 

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MARY PARKER FORBUS

Membership

I started fishing at an early age at my Grandparent's farm pond with a spinner rod and bucket of crickets. When I met my now husband - he introduced me to fly fishing.   I immediately became hooked (pun intended). I like the calmness of being on the river - disconnected from what's going on in the world. When fishing you have to be focused on that and your mind can't be thinking about anything else.  I joined GWFF to connect with other women who share the same mutual passion for fly fishing!  
 

LAUREN ATTEBERRY

Membership

As a New Orleans native, I'm a true believer in the saying Laissez les bons temps rouler - "Let the good time roll!" I grew up fishing here and there with family and friends in the brackish waters of Louisiana. After moving to Atlanta 2016, I wanted to find a way to get back to nature, get my fish on and meet some like minded people. As a GWFF member I'm excited to learn all things fly fishing and share my love of the sport to others.  My "church" time is found in nature and this sport brings out the best in hiking, camping, fishing and enjoying some peace and serenity. 

 

In the real world, I am an environmental consultant, wife and mom to our border collie Ruby and cockatiel Scout! 

EMALY RIVERA & THERESA WARD

Education

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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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