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How Cornelia "Fly Rod" Crosby became a legendary outdoorswoman and the first Maine Registered Guide

Historic black and white photo of Fly Rod Crosby sitting on a log holding a fishing rod, dressed in outdoorsy women's clothing
Courtesy of Maine State Museum

To mark Women's History Month, we are re-broadcasting this show; the original air date was Feb 15, 2023. No calls will be taken.

Back in the late 1800s, Cornelia “Fly Rod” Crosby was widely recognized for her fly fishing and her writing. She promoted outdoor activities in Maine and was the first Registered Maine Guide. Her contributions will be honored with a statue at the state Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife headquarters this month. We’ll discuss the unconventional life and lasting impact of Maine’s pioneering outdoorswoman.

Earle Shettleworth, Maine State Historian
Bill Pierce, former director, Rangeley Sporting Heritage Museum

VIP Callers:
Bonnie Holding, longtime Master Maine Guide, fly angler and guide; retired from Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife; program coordinator, Maine Casting For Recovery
Zachariah Selley, curator of archives, Maine State Museum

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Jonathan was born in Monsey, New York. A field trip to Washington, DC when he was in 7th grade started him on his circuitous path to a career in public radio. The trip inspired a love of politics and led to his desire to one day call DC home. After graduating from Grinnell College, he worked on a couple of campaigns in Iowa (presidential and congressional) and moved to Washington, DC.