There are three types of fishermen: those who fish for sport, those who fish for fish, and those who fish because their refrigerator is locked. Find your fishing motivation with today's Groupon: for $499, you get a Discover Fly Fishing weekend at Clearwater Lodge in Fall River Mills (a $1,045 value). The weekend includes two nights' accommodations, all meals starting with Friday dinner and ending with lunch on Sunday, fly fishing instruction, and free use of waders, boots, rods, and reels.
Celebrating the 25th anniversary in its station alongside the Pit River, Clearwater Lodge hosts fly fishers and their families in a rustic, relaxed haven, including California's only Orvis–endorsed fly-fishing school. From Friday afternoon until after lunch on Sunday, amateur anglers enjoy a full weekend of learning to cast and catch in small classes of 6–20 people with approximately one instructor for every four students. After check-in on Friday, class commences with an overview of equipment and basic knot-tying techniques. Saturday and Sunday gets fresh fishers familiar with dry fly, nymphing techniques, and controlling their own scent to attract more water creatures.
After a long day of fishing, visitors retire to the lodge and adjacent annex, a cozy and elegant retreat with a central room decorated in varnished wood paneling and a large, wood-burning stone fireplace that brings the feeling of natural escape indoors. A family-style meal, fireside snooze, and antique gazing around the lounge ensue before guests withdraw to comforting rooms accessorized with wireless-internet access, air conditioning, and either single or queen-size beds, both of which are positioned horizontally for convenient sleeping.
The Discover Fly Fishing School appears on the schedule at least twice monthly, May through October. When not enjoying flowing streams and their able inhabitants, visitors can explore the surrounding area of Clearwater Lodge, which lends itself to other exciting outdoor adventures, such as hiking, bicycling, bird watching, and competitive tree hugging.