Resort at Squaw Creek™ Fly Fishing Center One of the Top in Nation
Programs Offered for all Abilities
Olympic Valley, Calif. – With summer making an early arrival at Lake Tahoe this year, fly fishing at Resort at Squaw Creek is already in high gear. The private ponds have been stocked with trout, and local streams have healthy flows. North Lake Tahoe's Resort at Squaw Creek pairs luxury accommodations with the true wilderness adventure of fly fishing unlike any resort in the region.
"By day, you can be taught the skills of fly fishing on our very own ponds by Matt Heron, a certified instructor with over 23 years of experience," said Andre Priemer, resort manager for Resort at Squaw Creek. "By night, you have all the luxury of a Four-Diamond resort, with amenity-rich rooms and suites, exceptional dining options, a world-class spa, pool and hot tubs to soak in."
The resort features private, on-property, trout-stocked ponds in which, last year, a 10-pound rainbow trout was among the fish pulled from the waters. Plus, the location offers quick access to the Truckee River, which is ideal for guided trips.
Matt Heron, fishing since the age of three, earned the tools of the trade fishing the fabled trout waters of the historic Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York and, by the age of 10, with fly rod in hand, was chasing the huge trophy steelhead, brown trout and salmon of the great lakes tributaries every fall and spring. Later, his passion for fishing led him to be trained in the National Outdoor Leadership School in Chilean Patagonia. Before moving to Lake Tahoe, Heron spent time working for the Federation of Fly Fishers in Livingston, Montana. There, he fished numerous rivers including the Yellowstone, Missouri, Big Horn and Blackfoot River, made famous by the Norman MacLean novella and subsequent movie, A River Runs Through It. It was during his time in Montana that he earned the Federation of Fly Fishers Certified Casting Instructor designation.
Annually, Heron promotes the sport around the country with the Fly Fishing Film Tour showcasing the industry's top films.
In spite of fishing some of the most famous rivers in the country, Heron deeply admires the location of the Fly Fishing Center at Resort at Squaw Creek. "We offer a gorgeous setting to learn or perfect the art of fly casting," said Heron. "And with the private, stocked ponds, odds of catching a fish are high."
The Center offers a variety of fly fishing classes and excursions, from the "Fish On" clinic to "Advanced Fly Tying" to guided fishing trips on the Truckee River and surrounding streams. One class that is popular with all ages - and particularly families -- is "Creek Creatures." The class answers the question: "What do fish eat?" This educational course begins with a short PowerPoint presentation on aquatic insects, before taking students to a hands-on class on the water. However, the most popular class remains the 3-hour "Cast n' Catch," which combines 1.5 hours of casting instruction with 1.5 hours of fishing on the stocked ponds. Heron has made the Resort at Squaw Creek Fly Fishing Center one of the top teaching grounds for the sport. These classes are ideal for individuals, groups, and wedding parties.
Of course, as North Lake Tahoe's most complete resort, mountain biking, guided hikes, tennis, and golf are all steps from Resort at Squaw Creek's door. The resort's outdoor recreation department, known as High Altitude Adventures, also offers Mountain Buddies Kids Kamp, a comprehensive program that introduces children ages 4-12 to mountain recreation and activities.
Resort at Squaw Creek was recently recognized in Condé Nast Traveler as one of the “Top 50 Ski Hotels” in North America, one of the “Top 150 Resorts: US Mainland,” and “Top 100 U.S. Resort Spas.”
For more information, call Resort at Squaw Creek at 800.401.9501, or visit www.visitsquawcreek.com.
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