For many, the acquisition of deep inner peace come not from sitting in church or walking in the California Redwoods, but from fly fishing. There is indeed, in my fly fishing experience, a kind of flow derived from the engagement of all the senses: the physical sense of great casting, hearing the rush, and feeling the clear cold of a river, searching for that Trout, and finally, Zen-like, becoming one with the surroundings. As Yeats once wrote, how can you tell the dancer from the dance? Well, you can't, if you are the dance. Or, as Norman McLean wrote in his classic A River Runs Through It, " In our family, there was no clear line between religion and fly fishing." HomeWaters Club appears to understand this invisible link, and appeals to those who understand it also.
In the era of destination clubs and private residence clubs, there have been theme-based hybrid clubs that have been successful, and whose themes are based on certain passions: golf, equestrian, wine/food, and yes, a few years ago, even surfing. But HomeWaters Club is a new one, whose theme is fishing -- fly fishing and trout fishing mainly, and whose resources, eco-sensitivity and desire for legacy, appear to be substantial.
HomeWaters Club is a theme based private club, with multiple locations and reciprocal rights of use in each, similar to an equity-based destination club, but with a fly-fishing identity. It was formed in 2009 as an alliance between Spring Ridge Club of Pennsylvania and Alpine River Club of Colorado, to preserve, and offer members access to 35 miles of trout and steelhead waters across Pennsylvania and 40 miles of the streams and rivers in Colorado. At present, there are nearly 200 members, and the club is expanding to other areas of the US. But right now, the locations span from central, northeastern and Erie, Pennsylvania, to Vail and Steamboat Springs Colorado areas.