Cecilia (Pudge) Kleinkauf

Fly Fisher/Fly Tier/Guide

Cecilia "Pudge" Kleinkauf a retired University professor and lawyer, a long time flyfisher, has owned and operated Women's Flyfishing® for 30 years. She offers lodge-based flyfishing schools and small group guided trips throughout Alaska for salmon, trout, grayling, char, and pike.

She also leads saltwater fly fishing trips to Mexico each year and offers a fly fishing school in conjunction with the John Campbell Folk School in North Carolina.


Listen to Cecilia (Pudge) Kleinkauf's Shows...

Women In Fly Fishing

This show features a panel of three top women fly fishers from Alaska, Idaho and as far down as the Florida Keys. Cecilia 'Pudge' Kleinkauf, Lori-Ann Murphy and Diana Rudolph are our guests. All three know their fly fishing and know the business of fly fishing—they are all working professionals in the industry. Join us on this podcast to learn more about fly fishing and how women are raising the bar—Diana won the Hawley Invitational Tarpon Tournament, a male-dominated event and she holds two I.G.F.A. fly division records.

Alaska's Other Fish

There's more to Alaskan fly fishing than just salmon - Pudge shares her professional experience as a guide with other exciting species including trout, grayling, char and sheefish.

Fly Fishing for Alaska's Arctic Grayling

Pudge Kleinkauf has been fly fishing for arctic grayling for thirty years. As a professional guide she understands these fish and knows what it takes to find and hook up with the trophies. Listen in to hear her secrets to catching these beautiful fish.

Pudge took the winning sailfish in the 2005 Sails and Tales Fly Fishing Tournament in Zihuatanejo, Mexico, and is scheduled to lead a fly fishing school for women in Swedish Lapland in July, 2006. She serves on the pro-staff of Mustad Hooks, Ross Reels, and Patagonia.

Pudge is a regular presenter and fly tyer at outdoor shows in Alaska, California, and Washington. She's been featured in the Anchorage Daily News and is one of the Special Explorers for the Alaska Magazine Television Series on PBS and she's a Board member of the International Women Fly Fishers.

Pudge is the author of Fly Fishing Women Explore Alaska, Epicenter Press, 2003, River Girls: Fly Fishing for Young Women, Johnson Press, 2006, Fly Fishing for Alaska's Arctic Grayling, Frank Amato Publications, 2009, Pacific Salmon Flies, Frank Amato Publications, 2012 and Rookie No More: The Fly Fishing Novice Gets Guidance from a Pro. She also serves as a contributing editor for Fish Alaska Magazine.

She serves as an Elite Pro for Sage and a pro for Patagonia.

For more information on Pudge's trips, school and guide service visit her website at


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