I started spin-cast fishing with my dad when I was about four years old at Lake Berryessa in Northern California. I converted to fly fishing when I was 15 years old at Lake Almanor, California. I am now 22 years old. I just completed my second season guiding in southwestern Montana for Sweetwater Travel Company. I am captivated by fly fishing because you never stop learning. I guide people who have fly fished for longer than I’ve been alive. But being able to provide that once-in-a-lifetime fly-fishing experience, having knowledge about where and what to fish in our local waters closes that gap a little.
In 2014, Charity Rutter was recognized by Field & Stream magazine as one of the top female fly-fishing guides in the nation. She and her husband, Ian, are the owners and guides at R & R Fly Fishing. Charity has spent countless hours as a volunteer with The Great Smoky Mountains National Park Fisheries, Trout Unlimited, Casting for Recovery and Trout in the Classroom.
A native Oklahoman, she moved to Townsend, Tennessee in 1998. She met her husband, Ian, and took up fly fishing a short time after. Captivated by the sport, Charity fished essentially non-stop for the first few years, and then started guiding in 2002. Charity and Ian have two children, Willow and Boone, who share in their fly-fishing adventures. In addition to guiding, Charity hosts backcountry fishing camps, as well as western fishing trips in Idaho and Yellowstone country. She’s also addicted to saltwater flats fishing, especially tarpon.
“I love to guide fly fishing in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to help introduce people to fishing in wild places for wild trout,” she says. “If I can help someone have a positive experience in the wilderness, my hope is that they too, will want to protect and preserve these places that hold such beautiful rivers and trout.”
Beverly is Vice President for Volunteer Operations at Trout Unlimited, where she has been working for over a decade. Before her TU days, Beverly worked for a local conservation organization and for a short time at the Orvis Jackson Hole store, where she met her husband and many of her best friends. Marrying her two passions, conservation and fishing, she’s working her dream job helping TU volunteers across the country implement the TU mission locally. When not behind her desk or on the road for work, Beverly can be found exploring the wild country of Wyoming and Idaho with her husband, Shawn; two daughters, Virginia and Harriet; and Springer Spaniel, Pants.
Fishing, for Beverly, is much more than a sport. It’s connecting. There’s no better way to get to know someone than to spend a day on a drift boat with them. For so many of us, our best friends are our fishing friends, and Beverly is no exception. She explains that fishing connects her to nature as an active participant, something she feels results in a deeper connection than just observing it. Plus, fishing connects communities. It’s that feeling of being “at home” when you walk into a fly shop, whether that’s in West Yellowstone or in Heber Springs, Arkansas. It’s the casual conversations with folks carrying fly rods through the airport. And, it’s those early Saturday mornings picking up trash with your TU chapter on your local stream. Fishing connects us.