A Recap of Unforgettable Moments
The Athletes, Guides, Volunteers and Staff show above.
“The 2023 High Fives Truckee Fly Fishing Camp was a success once again. First of all, a huge thank-you is owed to our partners and volunteers who helped make this all possible. The volunteer guides from Matt Heron Fly Fishing lent their expertise to our High Fives Athletes, and that expertise paid off with more fish caught than I could keep a count of. We all got to spend three wonderful days outdoors, enjoying fresh air, sharing smiles and stories. That would have been a success on its own, but when you mix in the good luck we had fishing, it all adds up to an experience we’ll be remembering fondly for years to come.”-Bryce Grebitus, with High Fives Foundation
The High Fives Foundation recently hosted an Adaptive Fly Fishing Camp in the picturesque setting of Truckee, CA. Working in collaboration with Trout Unlimited, this camp brought together adaptive athletes and the natural beauty of the region, providing an incredible opportunity for everyone involved.
- Safety First – Ensuring the safety and well-being of all participants was paramount.
- A Clear Timeline – To make the experience smooth and enjoyable, a well-structured timeline was provided to all staff, support teams, and athletes.
- Empowering High Fives Staff – High Fives Foundation staff members were equipped with the tools and knowledge to host similar camps in the future, ensuring a lasting impact.
For all those attending, a few key items were stressed – sunscreen, layers of clothing (to adapt to varying temperatures), and a reusable water bottle. Preparedness was the name of the game, especially considering the early mornings required for a great day of fishing.
The camp spanned three days, and here’s a quick rundown of what each day looked like
Fish Day 1 (Monday, 9/25) at Everline Resort and Spa
- 7:30 AM Kicked off with everyone’s arrival at the Everline Resort and Spa.
- 8:00 AM The day commenced with introductions and the start of fishing activities.
- 11:00 AM The morning’s fishing wrapped up.
- 12:00 PM Lunch was a perfect opportunity to refuel and recharge for the next adventure.
Fish Day 2 (Tuesday, 9/26) at Sawmill Reservoir
- 8:00 AM A new day began with the arrival at Sawmill Reservoir.
- Throughout the day Fishing, fishing, and more fishing!
- 12:00 PM Lunch was served on-site.
- 3:00 PM As the sun dipped below the horizon, fishing activities for the day came to a close.
Fish Day 3 (Wednesday, 9/27) at San Francisco Fly Casting Club
- 8:00 AM The day started at the Lodge with pastries and coffee provided.
- For the whole day Participants were immersed in the world of fishing.
- 12:00 PM Lunchtime meant a delicious burger feast provided on-site.
- 3:00 PM As the camp drew to a close, it was time to say our goodbyes.
Meet the People
The success of this camp wouldn’t have been possible without the incredible individuals who contributed
- Dani Trujillo
- Bryce Grebitus
- Andrew Engel
- Roy Tuscany
- Matt Heron
- Tim Egan
- Andrew Engle
- John Roberts
- Jeremy Wright
- Mike Porter
- Tim Hadden
- Eric Meza
- Drew Johnston
A heartfelt thank you goes out to the generous sponsors who made this event possible
The Adaptive Fly Fishing Camp organized by the High Fives Foundation was not only an opportunity for incredible fishing but also a platform for forging lasting connections and memories. It’s a true testament to how the spirit of community and the beauty of the outdoors can come together to create something truly special.