We’d like to give a huge shout out to the Tackle Shack of Wellsboro and Smitty’s Sports and Gaines Gunworks of Gaines for their 2022 contributions of some truly fabulous rod & reel combos. Because of their donations, we were able to give out 39 FREE rods to kids 12 yrs and under with our “Start a Kid Fishing” program! Thanks, guys, for helping us make that program super special this year!

In 2019, the PA Grand Canyon Snowmobile Club went around to some of the local sporting goods stores and asked for rod & reel combo donations so that, as part of the Upper Pine Creek Trout Tournament, we could host a giveaway program called:

And, boy, did those stores respond, each year since donating as much as they can, so that we can give these rods & reels away to kids who want to learn to fish. For many of the lucky recipients, it’s their very first rod & reel ever or it’s the first one that’s all their own!

Well, trout tournament anglers, our “Start a Kid Fishing” program is set again for this year, 2022, and will begin on the tournament’s pre-registration day, May 13th. If you have kids 12 years and under in age, bring them with you when you register/pick up your badge and we’ll give them a FREE rod & reel combo.

Our sincerest thanks go to the Tackle Shack of Wellsboro, Smitty’s Sports and Gaines Gunworks of Gaines, and our own board members for donating several NEW rod & reel combos for us to give away to kids at the tournament! One rod & reel combo per child and each child must be present to pick the rod & reel combo of their choice. Get ’em while supplies last!

2022 “Start a Kid Fishing” Recipients

Derrick and Mikah Guffy (both age 5)
Mason Way (age 11)
Chase Schultz (age 12)
Whiley Cole (age 12), Michael Cole (age 10), and John Johnson (age 7)
Charlotte (age 9) and Michael (age 6)