Reel Recovery retreats are conducted over a two-and-a-half day period at a fly-fishing facility/lodge with onsite or nearby fishing access. All meals, lodging and fly-fishing equipment are provided. Men from the local service area in treatment for or recovery from all forms of cancer are eligible to attend a retreat, and no previous fishing experience is necessary. Medical clearance from a physician is required. The retreats are designed to provide support and information regarding cancer and cancer recovery, and to provide professional instruction in the sport of fly-fishing.
- Fly-Fishing Basics, covering equipment, knot-tying, entomology and fly selection, and trout feeding and behavior patterns.
- “Courageous Conversations” facilitated by a psychosocial professional to enhance communication and sharing of life-stories.
- Casting and Catching Instruction, conducted by expert fly-fishing instructors.
- Catch-and-Release Fly-Fishing, with one-on-one assistance from experienced “Fishing Buddies”, either on a stream, river or pond.
- Opening and Closing Ceremonies, to promote camaraderie, communication and lasting friendships.
- Post-Retreat Communication, to facilitate continued conversations, networking and new fly-fishing opportunities.