Written by: Karen Kirk
[Editor’s note: We received this wonderful story and photos from Orvis customer Karen Kirk and just had to share them.]
My mother, Marie Belcastro, learned to fly-fish on her 90th birthday! My husband taught her to roll cast, and off she went to catch her first trout. This happy event occurred at Rockwell Springs Trout Club in Clyde, Ohio.
She fell in love with the sport. She had never picked up a fishing rod in her life before that weekend at Rockwell Springs, but we created a fly-fishing enthusiast As a result, we’ve spent her last five birthday weekends fly-fishing. These photos are from her 90th birthday, with one photo of her 94th!
Mom has never been an outdoor girl, but she’s the last one in for lunch, the last one off the stream at night, and doesn’t mind fishing in the rain one bit.
We introduced our grand-daughters to fly-fishing when they were 3 and 5 on that same day that mom first learned. Truly, fly fishing is a sport for people of all ages. What a wonderful gift my husband gave to my mother in her golden years. It’s a generational gift …one she shares with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Who knows? We may send you a photo when she turns 100. (She might just want to celebrate in Montana by then.)