The Current Magazine Summer 2018 - Page 41

If you are 70 1/2 or older, you can make a tax-free distribution from your IRA.

If you are 70½ or older, you can make a tax-free distribution from your traditional or Roth IRA to CalTrout. You can donate without incurring income tax on your withdrawal – it's an efficient way to support the causes that matter to you most.

CT: What is your favorite angling memory?

SK: Wow, so may good ones…I participated in this year’s Five Rivers Challenge, fishing these iconic native trout streams I had always heard about. And I’m trying to keep my balance in the fast moving water of the Pit while fighting a strong rainbow racing toward a little waterfall and my guide is practically swimming to get it in the net. And at that moment I see it all at once: The fish, the clear waters, the forest, the blue sky. It’s really a spiritual experience; I can’t describe it any other way.

When I was about 10, my older brother and his friend were going bass fishing early one morning and my mother forced him to take me. I got stuck in the back of the boat while they talked trash about my fishing skills. A big bass jumped and I told them I would catch it. Almost seven pounds. I got my picture in the local paper and got a little respect from my brother. He still complained when he had to take me duck hunting, though.

Oh, and catching a 28 lb. striped bass on a fly this year is up there, too, on my list of great memories.

CT: What is it about CalTrout’s work that you find most inspiring?

SK: I am truly amazed at the level of inclusion and network of partners the organization has developed. From the farmers raising young trout in their rice fields to the ranchers offering access to rivers flowing through their property. I recently attended a bridge dedication on the Hat River and met members of the local tribe whose youth worked with CalTrout to restore wetlands around the river. PG&E reps were there to support the project. So many groups focused on the same goal of preserving our waters. It is truly inspirational to witness the depth and breadth of outreach for such a small organization and its team. CalTrout brings people together to do good. And they do. That is no small feat.

CT: Why are you passionate about conservation?

SK: My childhood fishing and camping trips brought a wealth of experiences to my life that I’ve never forgotten and appreciate even more now that I’m older. I feel I have a responsibility to protect the waters that bring me so much joy and what I hope – with CalTrout’s help - will bring joy to my grandchildren. I consider it an honor to be able to support their efforts. That CalTrout bumper sticker means so much more when I see it now. I’m proudly showing off mine.

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