Diversity Initiative

What Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion mean to Trout Unlimited

Diversity: The range of identities, characteristics, experiences, and perceptions including, but not limited to: race, ethnicity, culture, gender, geography, age, religion, political affiliation, ability, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, education, language, and physical appearance. We acknowledge that individuals and groups affiliate with multiple identities. We believe that building space and support for these differences strengthens our organization. Equity: Is the experience of fair and impartial treatment, access to opportunity, and support.

Equity necessitates:

● Trust in and acceptance of the inherent value of all people.
● The identification and elimination of barriers, organizational procedures
and processes that prevent full and fair participation.

Inclusion: Is the practice of building and maintaining equitable, welcoming environments in which all feel respected, supported, valued, heard and seen.
An inclusive climate consciously seeks out, invites and creates space for engagement with all people, and offers respect in words and actions.

Ways to get more involved and connected

Upcoming clinics:

The Wisconsin Women’s Fly Fishing clinics are now open for enrollment! This is an excellent event for the beginner fly fisher as well as anyone with some experience on the water. Join us!

Wisconsin Women’s Fly fishing clinics held at the West Fork Sportsman’s Club on the beautiful Kickapoo river near Viroqua/Avalanche Wisconsin, consists of a beginners clinic and an “on the water” skills clinic. This year because of the pandemic, the beginners clinic was canceled and a training session added to aid all of the volunteers who help teach and inform the attendees. For 2021, the openings are full – however the 2022 clinics are already taking enrollments for both clinics. If you are interested in starting your fly fishing obsession, or are ready to tackle more challenging elements, these clinics are for you. Be aware, this clinic is super popular and registration fills up fast!! More info can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/WIwomenflyfishing/

Badger Betties:

The Nohr Women’s initiative occasionally partners with this local Madison adventure group, Badger Betties, to schedule fly and spin fishing clinics for beginning women anglers. Because of ongoing social distancing restrictions, our usual June clinic will not happen this year. But stay tuned, we hope to schedule a clinic in the fall. To learn more about this fantastic women’s adventure group, and perhaps sign up for a couple of “bucket list” adventures, check out their meetup site here: https://www.meetup.com/BadgerBetties/

Trout Unlimited Women’s Initiative Resources:

At the core of the “Sustain” part of the TU mission, are the activities that help build a community within our chapters. Efforts to engage and educate the next generation of conservationists, to broaden the diversity of our members and leaders and to serve and connect with veterans are critical to building strong and healthy chapters and councils. Learn more about our TU community efforts and mission here:


Fly Fishers International:

Looking for top notch educational materials, videos, learning segments? Dive into the Fly Fishers International web site! They have a top notch learning center that will take you “down the rabbit hole” quickly, finding a wide array of excellent workshops, blogs, courses, videos – you name it!

Fly Fishers International (FFI) has been an organized voice for fly fishers around the world since 1964. They represent all aspect of fly fishing –from the art of fly tying and casting, to protection of the natural systems that support healthy fisheries and their habitats so essential to our sport. Today, their mission is to ensure the legacy of fly fishing for all fish in all waters continues, by focusing on conservation, education and a sense of community. Visit their website to learn more: