Golden Trout Circle

California Trout is the only organization focused exclusively on protecting and restoring wild trout, steelhead, salmon and their waters throughout California. CalTrout’s major donors — our Golden Trout Circle members — make a significant financial donation every year allowing us to pursue this mission.

Because of their belief in and commitment to the work we do, our Golden Trout Circle members donate at least $1,000/year or $85/month to the organization. We recognize the passion shared by these members and welcome them as an integral part of our team. Through regular communications and special events, Golden Trout Circle members are connected to CalTrout and to fellow Golden Trout Circle members.


Annual Member Benefits

With your 2014 membership, you will receive:

  • Invitations to Golden Trout Circle events in Northern and Southern California, including conservation-related lectures by subject-matter experts
  • Access to CalTrout-led fly fishing trips
  • Access to CalTrout’s camp (Shasta Springs Trout Camp) on the Upper Sac.
  • 50% off 2014 CalTrout Gala & Auction tickets (up to 2 tickets). The event will take place on Friday, May 9, 2014 at the Four Seasons Hotel in San Francisco.
  • Access to the latest CalTrout news and information via:
    • A subscription to the “Golden Trout Insider,” a bi-monthly newsletter from Executive Director, Jeff Thompson.
    • Standard CalTrout membership benefits including our quarterly newsletter, Streamkeeper’s Log.


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2013 Golden Trout Circle Fishing Trips

Stay On The Banks Of The Trinity River

December 1-7, 2013
On the granddaddy of CalTrout trips, you’ll fish a two-day slot on the infamous Trinity River and stay at the Strawhouse Lodge perched right on the banks of the river. Accommodations are first-rate as is the food. Today, CalTrout is one of a number of organizations involved in a large-scale Trinity restoration project aimed at increasing the naturally produced steelhead populations to 10,000 returning fish annually. Come experience the success we are having.
2 days/2 nights: $1,250

2014 Golden Trout Circle Fishing Trips

While we all share a passion for California’s trout, steelhead, salmon and their waters, we have something else in common … a love for fly fishing.

There’s no better way to bring those two interests together than to join CalTrout staff and fellow donors on one of our Golden Trout Circle fishing trips. Learn first-hand about the conservation issues we face, see the projects that we support, and fish one of California’s most renowned rivers. Food, accommodations, and guiding (by one of CalTrout’s guide ambassadors) will make these trips the highlight of your angling season.

To learn more or to book a trip, please contact Lisa Clarke at (415) 392-8887  x102.

Hot Creek Ranch

May 12-16,2014
The Eastern Sierra/Mammoth Lakes area offers breathtaking scenery, great angling and a glimpse into an area long-rooted in California’s “water wars” Stay on the banks of Hot Creek, a beautiful spring creek, at Hot Creek Ranch and be challenged by traditional dry fly fishing. Learn about the fisheries and water management plans that CalTrout has developed for the area.
4 days/4 nights: $1,600

Hat Creek, Fall River
Pit River

June 12-15,2014
Dick Galland, well-known outfitter and CalTrout Board member, is opening his lodge, The Angler’s Inn (formerly known as Clearwater House on Hat Creek) just for this trip. The Angler’s Inn sits in a quiet setting on the banks of Hat Creek at the heart of California’s finest wild trout waters. Fish three of CalTrout’s Blue Ribbon Waters – the Pit, Hat Creek and Fall River. Learn first-hand about the impact of CalTrout’s work in this area: new flows on the Pit, comprehensive restoration work to return Hat Creek to its former glory, and the challenges of invasive species removal on Fall River.
3 days/3 nights: $1,250

Horsepack Trip into Golden Trout Wilderness

August, 2014
Join CalTrout for a five-day excursion through California’s High Sierra, where we will fish for our exotic state fish, the golden trout. We will camp in meadows and be supported by pack animals and a cook. We will also learn about CalTrout’s continuing efforts to preserve habitat for this unique species.
If interested, contact Lisa Clarke. With enough interest, we will finalize plans and details.

Trinity River

November 30 – December 6,2014
On the granddaddy of CalTrout trips, you’ll fish a two-day slot on the infamous Trinity River and stay at the Strawhouse Lodge perched right on the banks of the river. Accommodations are first-rate as is the food. Today, CalTrout is one of a number of organizations involved in a large-scale Trinity restoration project aimed at increasing the naturally produced steelhead populations to 10,000 returning fish annually. Come experience the success we are having.
2 days/2 nights: $1,250

Please note: Gratuities are not included in prices.

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