Diana Rudolph grew up in the far western suburbs of Chicago. She spent much of her youth vacationing in the Florida Keys, where at a very young age her father introduced her to fishing. Diana’s first encounter with a tarpon left her enchanted and this propelled her into the realm of fly fishing. After receiving her B.A. in biology and attending graduate school, she returned full time to her passion and was successful in both the women’s bonefish and tarpon fly fishing tournaments in the Keys for a decade. In 2004 Diana became the only woman to ever win the prestigious 30 year old Don Hawley Invitational Tarpon Tournament. She currently holds eight I.G.F.A. fly division records including the largest tarpon ever caught on a fly rod by a woman. She is a contributing writer for “Fly Fishing in Saltwater” and is on the advisory staff for Sage rods, Rio Products and Simms. In addition, Diana hosts saltwater tutorials for Reel Women and Florida Keys Outfitters. Currently, she can be seen cohosting “Breaking the Surface”, a new series on the Sportsman’s Channel featuring the fishing adventures of two female anglers. When not traveling to fly fishing destinations throughout the world, Diana resides in the Pacific Northwest where she is developing a fondness for the steelhead’s world.
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