The life of Carrie Frost, fly fisher, fly tyer ,entrepreneur, is being told in a free set of education resources for grade school social studies classes by PBS Wisconsin.
Carrie, who might otherwise have become a teacher, launched the C.J. Frost Fishing Tackle Company in 1886 from the kitchen of her parent home in Steven’s Point, Wisconsin. A passionate fly fisher she has been disatisfied with imported flies, and began making her own with local furs and feathers.
Within a decade the company was selling 4.5 million flies and other pieces of tackle, and by 1917 the company employed 150 people. Frost is also remembered as a trailblazer for women in business in the period.