Each year, the CalTrout Mount Shasta Office partners with local guides and outfitters to ensure that local underserved kids get to experience fly-fishing for the first time.
Despite living seconds from the upper Sacramento, the Pit River, or Hat Creek, too many kids living in these surrounding, economically depressed communities, have never been fishing. Gear is expensive, fly-fishing is complicated, and many don’t have the resources they need to get started.
We aim to change this. As so many of you CalTrout’ers know, a day on the water with someone that cares about you can change your life.
This year, in honor of breaking ground on the Hat Creek Restoration Project, we asked Michelle Titus, owner of Clearwater Lodge, to set up a day with one of her best guides. Clearwater guide Tom April, donated his day to take two youngsters fishing on local waters.
The kids had an incredible day that they will never forget and we can’t thank Tom and Michelle enough for their generosity. They packed special lunches for everyone, donated gear, waders, and hats for each kid, and made sure the boys got all the attention they deserved. Michelle said this about the experience, “It fills our hearts with joy to share some of what we are blessed with.”
Thank you Clearwater Lodge. If you haven’t visited the lodge under new ownership then we highly recommend it. Hospitality, comfort, great food, great guides, great local water: enough said.