An adrenaline junkie from an early age, Clairey Grubbs loved big wall climbing, racing snowmobiles, cliff jumping, whatever it was that would give her a rush. At 19 years old, “go big or go home” was her rally cry. Cocaine fit nicely into this adrenaline-filled lifestyle.
Fast forward many years later, she found herself in a 12-step program where she went into recovery and met her husband, an avid fly fisherman. She tried the sport again.
She went away for a weekend of fly fishing with a bunch of women she had met online. The weekend away forced her to learn knots and techniques—all of the essentials of fly fishing so she could do everything herself on this trip.
Clairey soon found herself in love with a sport in stark contrast to the adrenaline-based sports she used to crave. It taught her to breathe, to slow down, and give herself space to be present. While she admits she can still get competitive, she realizes that balance is key.
Clairey founded a women’s fly fishing group, Lady Anglers of Wydaho. She has been in recovery since Feb 4, 2008, and still loves to celebrate with others when they enjoy a pint or two after a day on the river.