The Current Magazine Summer 2018 - Page 24


We’re still riding that high from the 2018 Five Rivers Challenge! The competition wrapped up with a sneaky win by Bruce Skinner and Josh Udesen guided by John Fochetti. The team pulled ahead on the last day, landing an epic 715 inches and 70 fish on the Fall River. Very close behind in second place was Steve Johnson and David Moser guided by Brooks Provence. Third place went to Richard Kropp and Pearce Hurley guided by Brian “Bucko” Theriot; they had a great final day on the McCloud and Upper Sacramento rivers. The remaining 5 teams performed outstanding as well, all ending the competition very close to each others’ scores. (See below for all final scores.)

This is the 3rd year of the event’s resurrection which originated back in 1998 by CalTrout Board Member Dick Galland. Owner of Clearwater House at the time, he created the event to call attention to the great wild trout waters in the Burney area of Northern California, between Mt. Lassen and Mt. Shasta. Proceeds from the event go toward restoration and research projects in the area like our Hat Creek Restoration Project and the Volcanic Aquifers Assessment and Protection program.

We’re glad to be back raising awareness of these pristine ecological areas and our efforts to ensure there will always be abundant wild fish in these waters. Each of the five rivers (Fall, Pit, McCloud, Upper Sac rivers and Hat Creek) is one of the original waters in the California Wild Trout Program and have anglers testing the versatility of their skills on the varied rivers.

Rich West and Paul Vais guided by Joel: 521 inches, 58 fish.

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Nail-biter finish in 2018 Five Rivers Challenge