Cecilia “Pudge” Kleinkauf

Fly Fishing Ambassador


Anchorage, AK


Anchorage, AK

Fly Fishing Ambassador Cecilia “Pudge” Kleinkauf
Considered Alaska’s leading female fly fishing instructor, fly tyer and fishing guide, “Pudge” provides exceptional on-the-water fly fishing instruction and guided trips for women and couples throughout Alaska. A retired professor and lawyer, she’s the contributing editor for Fish Alaska Magazine, an author of four books, and makes appearances in PBS’s Alaska Magazine Television series. Pudge has worked to help found Alaska’s Casting for Recovery program.

Career Highlights

  • Worked as a teacher in both middle and high school
  • Earned a master of social work degree (MSW)
  • Worked as an Associate Professor of Social Work at the University of Alaska, Anchorage
  • Ongoing work as a legislative lobbyist
  • Retired professor and attorney
  • Owner of Women’s Flyfishing®, Anchorage, Alaska
  • Author of Pacific Salmon Flies: New Ties & Old
    , Fly Fishing for Alaska's Arctic Grayling:
    Sailfish of the North
    River Girls: Fly Fishing for Young Women, and
    Fly Fishing Women Explore Alaska