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Fishing as a Cure

     I have often wondered what my life would be like without fly fishing.  The great John Gierach once wrote the following, “I honestly don’t know why I fly fish.  Or, rather, I fish in order to save my life; I just don’t know why it saves my life.”  This quote has always stuck with me because it can be hard to put into words exactly why one fly fishes.  It can range from a source of entertainment to a necessity for sanity but one common element is the fact that fly fishing offers a therapeutic feature that many find cannot be matched.  This past weekend I was lucky to be able to share the curative values of the sport that I love with women who have been directly affected by a terrible, life changing disease.
Casting for Recovery is an organization that takes advantage of our planet’s natural healing powers by providing women in various stages of breast cancer with a weekend of relief and relaxation.  It is a 2½ day retreat for 14 women into the mountains.  An opportunity for the women to not only learn to fly fish, but to form relationships and find the physical and emotional relief that comes along with a weekend in the Colorado Rockies.  It is a form of medicine that cannot be measured on a doctor’s clipboard but instead, through a lady’s spirits and state of mind.  The alleviating of pain and negative thoughts is always something I have associated with fly fishing and it is truly a humbling experience seeing such wonderful women feel the same way.
Casting for Recovery is an organization completely powered by volunteers that can result in a life-changing weekend.  This is an incredible event that truly makes a difference in the life of an individual who is more than deserving.  CFR is a national organization; if you are interested in more information, please check out the following link, Casting for Recovery or visit the Colorado specific chapter.

1 Comment

  1. Cyndy Scholz

    Wonderful memories of the May 2013 Casting for Recovery retreat! I was honored to participate as a retreat leader after being as participant the previous year (and had only fly fished once before). Little did I know then that I would become an avid flyfisher that has become my life. Thank you!