Lindsay Agness

Lindsay Agness

Lindsay learned about fishing from her grandfather as a little girl on Honeoye Lake, NY. She spent most of her younger years spin fishing for pan fish in the New York Finger Lakes Area. Today, Lindsay is a New York State Licensed fishing guide. Lindsay's favorite fishing is for local Bass, Perch & Steelhead on her NY home waters, but you can also find her small stream fishing & saltwater fishing as she travels on fishing vacations with her husband Dave from Mexico to Alaska.

Lindsay graduated from State University New York College of Geneseo, with a Bachelor's in Science in Biology, and a minor concentration in Chemistry and Computer Science. She has earned a Master's of Science degree in Management from Nazareth College. She currently works full time as a Director of the Enterprise Project Management office for Rochester Regional Health, Rochester NY.

In 2007, she started the Trout Unlimited Women's Fly Fishing classes, a successful program used to introduce women into fly fishing. The all-volunteer seminars are hosted at the NYSDEC Salmon River Hatchery each year sponsored by local TU chapters in NYS. This program was so popular, that it began to grow into three events annually across NYS. During this time, through this program Lindsay has taught over 300 women how to fly fish. Her classes run annually each year with the Seth Green TU chapter (073).

In May 2011, she became a NYS licensed Fishing Guide (#7125) and is a member of the New York State Guides Association (NYSOGA) since 2011.

In 2011, Lindsay became a volunteer Fly Fishing Guide for the non for profit organization Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing. Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing (PHWFF) is dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled active military service personnel and disabled veterans through fly fishing and associated activities including education and outings. Lindsay guides annually at the Salmon River Hatchery program that supports the program for veterans out of Fort Dum and the Syracuse PHWFF chapters.

In 2012, Lindsay and her husband Dave, as volunteers, started the fly fishing program for wounded veterans for the Non-for-Profit organization called OASIS Adaptive Sports, Inc. (Outdoor Adventures for Sacrifice in Service) is a non-profit organization offering instruction, equipment and support to disabled military veterans in a variety of sports activities. In 2020 OASIS Adaptive Sports merged with Compeer Corp. This program assists these veterans in reconnecting and resuming productive lives in society through participation in outdoor recreational activities that promote independence, and social and emotional well-being. As the Fly Fishing Program Coordinator, Lindsay actively runs the CompeerCorp/OASIS fly fishing program annually, that teaches local wounded veterans the sport of fly fishing.

Sept 2013 - 2015 Served on the Trout Unlimited National Leadership Council as the NY Women's Initiative Coordinator representative. During this role, Lindsay developed a TU national program to teach the TU Women's Fly Fishing Classes across the United States. She took her local NYS classes approach and documented how women's fishing classes should be planned, managed and executed with sample agenda's, templates, training materials & provided TU national support for these classes as they started to spread across the US by local chapters. The Women's Fly Fishing seminar training materials are available today on the TU National site for all states across the US to use as an approach for teaching Women's Fly Fishing classes.

In May 2014 - June 2016, Lindsay served as a Board of Trustee, for the Catskill Fly Fishing Center & Museum, Livingston Manor, NY. Lindsay has a passion for the history of fly fishing, and she welcomes the responsibility to preserve the history of fly fishing here in New York State. While on the board, Lindsay proudly served alongside Joan Wulff, who is known as the "First Lady of Fly Fishing". Lindsay is a 2015 graduate of the Wulff School of Fly Fishing, Advanced Casting class.

In September 2014 - September 2019, Lindsay joined the Board of Directors for the Seth Green Chapter (073) of Trout Unlimited. As a board member, she served 5 years as the Membership Chair and Women's Initiative/Diversity Initiative coordinator.

In Sept 2013 - Sept 2015, and again in Sept 2019 - Present, She serves as Vice President NYS Council of Trout Unlimited as the Women & Diversity Initiative Coordinator. Through this program at the state level, she has brought awareness to over 200 women in the sport of fly fishing through seminars, speaking engagements, events & 1-1 correspondence. Lindsay continues to host a NY Women of Trout Unlimited Facebook page to engage women interested in fishing education, stream conservation and community across NYS through social media.

Since April 2015, Lindsay was actively involved with the startup of the Upstate NY Casting for Recovery chapter. Casting for Recovery (CfR) is a non-for-profit organization that enhances the quality of life of women with breast cancer through a unique retreat program that combines breast cancer education, peer support with the therapeutic sport of fly fishing. Today she currently volunteers annually as a CfR Fly Fishing Instructor and Guide for the Upstate NY Casting for Recovery program.

In February 2021, Lindsay was a guest speaker at the NY Chapter of the American Fisheries Society annual conference, presenting on "Why Diversity Matters?". At that meeting Lindsay was given the Conservationist of the Year 2021 award for her significant involvement and accomplishments by an individual for her volunteer work to bring women and diversity to the fisheries in NY.

Through the years Lindsay has received various honors & awards:

March 2018, Received the 2018 New York Person of the Year Award by Outdoor News on behalf of the sportsmen and women of New York, Outdoor News presented this award to recognize lifelong dedication for fish and wildlife conservation. Award & bio write-up was the April 2018 issue of NY Outdoor News.

October 2016, Lindsay received the Trout Unlimited National Volunteer Award for Distinguished Services for Veteran Service at the TU National Annual meeting held in Bozeman, Montana

May 2015, Lindsay received the Leader in the Community Award, a proclamation given by the Monroe County legislature for her leadership in the local community for service to local veterans.

December 2014, Leaders in the Community Award by Eastman Kodak Company. Recognized by Kodak's CEO Jeff Clarke for leadership and service in her community. One Kodak employee award recipient from each regional of the world was selected. Lindsay one the America regional award for her work with the OASIS Adaptive Sports veteran fly fishing volunteer work and her charity was awarded a one-time grant of $2,500 from Eastman Kodak Company.

Book Honor: "America's Favorite Flies" by John Bryan and Rob Carter The book, America's Favorite Flies features stunning photographs of the flies submitted by 224 collaborators throughout North America and the remarkable stories they have written about them. Also included are enlightening biographies of the contributors, special essays on various related topics by a group of hand-picked fly fishing and fly tying experts, and a gallery of fly fishing related art contributed by well-known and beloved artists throughout North America. Lindsay is Fly Tyer #2.

Book Honor: "Reflections from 100 Fly Fishers" by Michael Reingruber. Reflections from 100 Fly Fishers is a beautiful collection of fly fishing memories and tips from over 100 top guides and fly fishers from across the globe. All profits support the Casting for Recovery and Project Healing Waters Missions. Lindsay is Fly Fisher #061.

Book Honor: "Fishing Adventures on the Fly with Dave and Lindsay Agness" by David Agness. A series of stories of Dave & Lindsay's fly fishing adventures.

Magazine Honor: Buffalo Spree, August 2019 Art of Flyfishing by Joe Doherty "Casting Into a Culture Shift Lindsay Agness"

Magazine Honor: New York Freshwater Fishing Digest 2019-2020. Featured article "Women Fishing It's Catching On" April 2019 by DEC

New York Outdoor News Honor: "Lindsay Agness NYON's 2018 POY still helping others" by contributing writer Megan Plete Postol, June 26th, 2020.

Magazine Honor: 585 Magazine Local Heroes November/December 2020 "Casting & Healing" by Patrick Scanlon. An article noting my husband Dave & my volunteer work in the Rochester, NY community. URL: 585mag.com

AllOutdoor Magazine Honor: "Lindsay Agness- Fly Fishing Legend & Inspiration for Women" by Megan Pete Postol December 10th, 2020. URL http:/www.alloutdoor.com