Bayfield woman fly fishes 52 rivers in 52 weeks

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Bayfield woman fly fishes 52 rivers in 52 weeks

Shelley Walchak tells women to take chances, chase dreams
Shelley Walchak fishes on the Pine River behind her home north of Bayfield on Thursday afternoon. Walchak said in her year of fly fishing, she never ate a fish, but she and her husband occasionally eat fish from this river.
Shelley Walchak checks her dry fly while fishing on the Pine River behind her home Thursday north of Bayfield. She matches her fly to bugs near the river she is fishing in to attract fish.

Bayfield woman fly fishes 52 rivers in 52 weeks

Shelley Walchak fishes on the Pine River behind her home north of Bayfield on Thursday afternoon. Walchak said in her year of fly fishing, she never ate a fish, but she and her husband occasionally eat fish from this river.
Shelley Walchak checks her dry fly while fishing on the Pine River behind her home Thursday north of Bayfield. She matches her fly to bugs near the river she is fishing in to attract fish.

Bayfield woman fly fishes 52 rivers in 52 weeks

Shelley Walchak wades through Pine River near her home north of Bayfield on Thursday. She said fly fishing is a balance of science and art.

Bayfield woman fly fishes 52 rivers in 52 weeks

Shelley Walchak fished a different river each week for a year in the Rocky Mountains. She shows each river’s trip with photos and text in her book “52 Rivers.”

Bayfield woman fly fishes 52 rivers in 52 weeks

Shelley Walchak fished in sub-zero temperatures and learned how to find fish in all weather conditions. She traveled alone and uses her experience to show women how they can take chances and fulfill dreams.
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