Diana 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 in marine biology and fisheries, 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.

Diana Rudolph

In 2004 Diana became the only woman to ever win the prestigious 40-year-old Don Hawley Invitational Tarpon Tournament. She currently holds several I.G.F.A. fly division records. She co hosted The Sportsman’s Channel series “Breaking the Surface”, has been published in many fly fishing periodicals and is on the advisory staff for Able Reels, Sage rods, Rio Products and Simms.

In addition, Diana hosts fly fishing trips for Reel Women, instructs for the Florida Keys Outfitters saltwater school and conducts fly fishing tutorials for clubs and fly shops. When not traveling to fly fishing destinations throughout the world, Diana resides in the northwest where she can often be found pursuing trout in the Rockies and steelhead on the Olympic peninsula.