Teenager is Fly Fishing’s Youngest Champion
By Allison Tinney
Maxine McCormick, now 15, started learning to cast and fly fish when she was 9 years old. At age 12, she became the youngest adult division gold medalist and world champion in sports history. McCormick, who now lives in Oregon, lived on Lake Street in San Francisco’s Richmond District.
Coached by Chris Korich, the 11-time World Casting Champion and U.S. Team Coach, Maxine is returning to her home ponds at the Golden Gate Angling and Casting Club as fly fishing’s youngest champion.
The group hosting Maxine, the Bay Area Youth Fly Fishers, is a volunteer-led organization which aims to draw younger families to the sport of fly fishing. Events such as this one in Golden Gate Park are dedicated to providing fun and educational activities for children, rewarding patience and practice.
Kids learn about fly casting, knots and rigging, fly tying and conservation from local pros such as Korich and George Revel of Lost Coast Outfitters.
Youth participant tickets have sold out for the day, but adult attendees are welcome and free to observe. To find out more about the event, please visit http://www.youthflyfishers.org .
Sunday, April 14, noon.
Golden Gate Angling and Casting Club
1232 John F Kennedy Drive in Golden Gate Park
About Maxine McCormick:
● 3-Time World Fly Casting Champion in accuracy and distance events
● 3 Gold, 1 Silver and 1 Bronze medal at 2016 and 2018 World Championship of Flycasting
● 2 world records in both accuracy and distance events
● 4 consecutive years on prestigious All American Team since 2015
● Top female accuracy fly caster in North America since 2014
● Holds all National Junior fly casting records for ages 9-12
● Presented with ‘California Legislature Assembly Resolution Award’ in 2016
● Inducted into ‘The California Outdoors Hall of Fame’ in 2019
The Bay Area Youth Fly Fishers (BAYFF) is a collaborative partnership of Bay Area Fly Fishing and Conservation organizations dedicated to enabling a new generation of fly fishers and conservation-minded youth. To find out more about the BAYFF organization and events, visit www.youthflyfishers.org.