April & JT Archer
As a Colorado native, Archer grew up fly fishing on Colorado’s waterways with her dad and brother, then later with her husband. As the former director of the Wellness Living and Learning Community at the University of Denver, she was inspired by the willingness of young people to learn how to balance their lives by taking care of their mental and physical well-being. “Fly fishing is a great way to do that,” says Archer. After becoming a mom to three daughters—and, no surprise, introducing them to fishing—she started paying attention to women in the sport and the lack of suitable equipment for them. Archer now builds custom fly rods, teaches fly fishing classes for women and girls and serves on the board of Colorado Women Flyfishers, a non-profit women’s fly fishing club.