Kleinkauf is Alaska’s leading woman fly fishing instructor, fly tier and guide. Renowned for her teaching skills in both fly fishing and fly tying, she is also Alaska’s best-known woman guide. Her business, Women’s Flyfishing offers lodge-based fly fishing schools and small-group guided trips for women and couples to a wide variety of Alaska’s best known fly fishing locations. She also leads guided trips to Argentina and Sweden and to Mexico each spring for saltwater fly fishing.
A regular presenter at outdoor shows around the country, Pudge is also one of the Special Explorers for the Alaska Magazine Television Series on PBS. Pudge is the author or two books and a contributing editor for Fish Alaska Magazine. Her first book, Fly Fishing Women Explore Alaska, 2003 Epicenter Press received several awards, and her second book, River Girls: Fly Fishing for Young Women, 2006 Johnson Books, won the first-place gold award in the Benjamin Franklin Awards Sports and Outdoor Recreation Book Competition in 2007. Her new book, Sailfish of the North: Fly Fishing for Alaska’s Arctic Grayling, will be released by Frank Amato Publications in late 2009. A retired University professor and lawyer, Pudge is a member of Trout Unlimited`s Outfitters, Guides & Business Members Program and a member of the Federation of Fly Fishers` Guides Association. One of the founders of the Intl. Women Fly Fishers, and of the Casting for Recovery program in Alaska, she also serves as a Fly Fishing Ambassador for Patagonia, and as a Pro Staff member for Daiichi, Ross Reels, Scientific Angler›, Sierra Stream & Mountain, Jay Fair, and others.