Cecilia “Pudge” Kleinkauf, has been leading women’s fly fishing adventures in Alaska for over 30 years. The author of five books on fly fishing, Pudge’s influence is generational and international.

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Pudge is the author of five books and a contributing editor for Fish Alaska Magazine.

Flyfishing books by Author Cecilia Pudge Kleinkauf

Her first book, Fly Fishing Women Explore Alaska2003 Epicenter Press received several awards, and her second book, River Girls: Fly Fishing for Young Women2006 Johnson Books, won the first-place gold award in the Benjamin Franklin Awards’ Sports and Outdoor Recreation Competition.

Her third book, Fly Fishing for Alaska’s Arctic Grayling: Sailfish of the North, 2009 Frank Amato Publications, is the first and only book ever written on this very special Alaskan sport fish, and has received acclaim in the US, the UK, and Europe.

Pacific Salmon Flies: New Ties & Old Standbys, 2012 Frank Amato Publications, reveals flies of her own design, as well as some salmon fishing classics. The book includes both fly tying and fly fishing techniques for each of the flies, and a chart matching the patterns with each of the five species of Pacific Salmon.

Her recently released book, Rookie No More: The Flyfishing Novice Gets Guidance from a Pro, 2016  is a lifesaver for novice fly fishers who are struggling with unanswered questions about various aspects of the sport that they have undertaken.


Cecilia “Pudge” Kleinkauf, known as the owner of Women’s Flyfishing, A Trout Unlimited Endorsed Business, has been Alaska’s leading woman fly fishing instructor, fly tier, and guide, for over 30 years. Renowned for her teaching skills in both fly fishing and fly tying, she has offered lodge-based flyfishing schools and small-group guided trips for women and couples to a wide variety of Alaska’s best-known fly fishing locations. She has also guided clients to Mexico, Ireland, Sweden, and, Argentina.

A retired University Professor and lawyer, as well as a 45-year Alaska resident, Pudge was one of the “Special Explorers” in the Alaska Magazine Television series on PBS for its entirety. A regular presenter at outdoor shows in Alaska and around the country, Pudge, is a member, and one of the founders of the Intl. Women Fly Fishers Organization. A long-time member of Trout Unlimited, the Federation of Fly Fishers, and the Alaska Fly Fishers, Pudge has also served as Pro Staff for many fly fishing companies including at Elite status for Sage fly rods, as one of the first & longest women at Ross Reels, Patagonia and others.

Now retired from her Women’s Flyfishing guide service, which continues to provide service to fly fishing women as Women’s Flyfishing, Alaska LLC, A Trout Unlimited Endorsed Business, Pudge will be fishing (of course) as well as promoting her five books on her new web site, www.pudgekleinkauf.com. She’ll also continue to write for Fish Alaska Magazine and other fly fishing publications, as well as work on book #6 in the coming days.

The new web site will contain fly fishing newsletters, resurrections of some of Pudge’s past articles from Fish Alaska Magazine at readers request, as well as notes & photos from our readers.

I hope that you will continue to follow us on our forthcoming adventures. Let us hear from you!

Best Fishes! Pudge