Casting for Recovery

Casting for Recovery (CfR) is a national organization that works therapeutic magic for women survivors of breast cancer through fly fishing. Women come away from CfR retreats transformed from a weekend learning a new skill in the outdoors with new friends.

Casting for Recovery was founded in 1996 in Manchester, Vermont, by a breast reconstruction surgeon and a professional fly fisher. Awarded 501(c)(3) non-profit status in 1998, Casting for Recovery’s innovative program focuses on improving quality of life for women with breast cancer, and has garnered endorsements from medical and psychosocial experts nationwide.

The concept of Casting for Recovery is unique. On a physical level, the gentle, rhythmic motion of fly casting is similar to exercises often prescribed after surgery or radiation to promote soft tissue stretching. On an emotional level, women are given the opportunity to experience a new activity in a safe environment amongst a supportive group of peers. The retreats provide resources to help address quality of life issues after a breast cancer diagnosis, and a new outlet – fly fishing – as a reprieve from the every day stresses and challenges of their cancer.


Paula has been volunteering with Casting for Recovery 16 years as guide, companion and retreat organizer. Fothergill Fly Fishing invites you to support CfR as well, and if you are a survivor interested in attending a retreat to apply for an unforgettable weekend with other survivors in a positive, supportive setting.

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