24-26 April 2015: Applications are now open. See CFR Nelson retreat.
April 2016: Dates to be advised
October 2015: No retreat.
October 2016: Dates to be advised.
||Visit the FAQ page for answers to some of the frequently asked questions about the retreats.
|Who is at the retreats
We are pleased to have the
support of Peter Carty, Russell Anderson, Clarke Reid as fly tying and casting coaches.
There is also a breast cancer and CFR resource table offering lingerie and prosthetics advice.
Watch the TV3 story about Casting for Recovery
|CFR contact details
National Programme Co-ordinator, CFR New Zealand
71 Chalgrave St
Phone: (03) 5239 525.
Mobile: 021 774 751
On the web:
CFR NZ: www.castingforrecovery.org.nz (you are here)
CFR International: www.castingforrecovery.org
Sherrie wearing CFR gear.
Sherrie Frickert - North Island CFR coordinator
Eve Reilly - Taupo (Poronui Lodge)
Kevin Farrington - National Trout Centre, Turangi
Sandra Jermyn - Nelson
Sally Robertson - Nelson
Maree Peter - Nelson
|Eligibility and selection
The Casting for Recovery
retreat accommodates 14 participants who have or have had breast
cancer. You need not ever have picked up a rod in your life and
only need to get to the location in Rotorua. Once there, you will
be outfitted with fly fishing gear from head to toe for use for
the duration of the retreat.
The selection of the 14 participants from all
those applying is through a random lottery. The only condition is
that you provide a medical certificate that confirms you are fit
||Retreats are staffed by trained men and women
volunteers. Our fly fishing instructors, medical and hospitality team
are all here to make your weekend one of fun, empowerment and achievement.
You will be immersed in the
world of fly fishing, learning to cast, tie the basic knots and
all about the bugs - what fish eat. On the last day of the retreat,
you'll be in the water practicing catch and release fishing assisted
by our CFR volunteers, whom are passionate fly fishing anglers with
years of experience to share with you.
Note that you are free to participate at whatever
level you feel comfortable and are free to break from any activity.
here to view sample schedule
In addition to your fly
fishing experts, some of whom represent NZ on our National Fly Fishing
team the Silver Flies, you will have a pampering session. The pampering sessions will contain a variety of the following services:
- Prosthetic advice
- Compression garment fitting
- A resource table that includes lymphoedema
Great healthy meals (note the plates of lobsters!)
We provide you with comfortable shared lodgings.
In our gathering area you will find all day refreshments with seasonal
fruit and snacks. Our CFR volunteers will be sharing meal times with
you, taking care of your needs and sharing in your daily recollections.
short video clip and listen to women talk about what the American
programme of Casting for Recovery has meant for them and their families.
See what is involved and hear how this progamme, made possible by
many volunteers and sponsors, has had a profound effect on women
recovering from breast cancer.
|Sponsorship and support
|| As the program is non-profit and offered at no
cost to the participants, CFR relies on the generosity of individual
donors, foundation grants, companies and organisations. If there is
any way you can help with loans or gifts of fishing gear, outdoor
clothing, or any other good or services, please contact Sherrie at
|Become a "River Helper"
The River Helpers of 2013
Casting for Recovery relies on the generous donation
of goods and services as well as the time and expertise of anglers.
If you would like to be part of this fun and important programme please
check that you are able to fulfill the requirements as laid down in
the "job description"
|Tie some flies
Next time you're at your
fly-tying bench, how about tying some flies that work in your region and send them through to CFR.
All donations will be gratefully received and
Please send flies to:
National Programme Co-ordinator, CFR New Zealand
71 Chalgrave St
Lynda assists on the Hamurana Stream
|Special offer to CFR alumni
Come fishing with a CFR Accredited
Fly Gal Pal
If you are a CFR alumni and plan to come to New
Zealand, the women at CFR New Zealand offer to take you fishing
and accommodate your needs. These are people who are passionate
about fishing. If no-one is available at the time, or if you'd prefer
a professional guide, they can assist you with a guide from the
New Zealand Professional Fly Fishing Guides Association (NZPFGA).
CFR globally practises compulsory
catch and release and the education of humanely releasing trout
with soft nets and barbless hooks.
CFR also teaches the concept of leaving no footprint
on our pristine waterways and so has been awarded the sustainable
tourism tick of approval.
|Endorsement for CFR NZ
"I heartily support
Casting for Recovery as one of the best programs for breast cancer
survivors that I know."
Susan Love, MD
Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation
Message from "The First lady of Fly Fishing",
Message of support for
the New Zealand CFR programme
I'm delighted to know that you have started a
Casting for Recovery "chapter" in your lovely country.
There isn't a better cause and I love New Zealand. I was there in
1994 for your first One-Fly contest and we had a 4-person woman's
team from the US. We didn't win, but thoroughly enjoyed our visit.
Altogether I was there three whole weeks and fished as far south
as Te Anau.
I wish you all the best with your Casting for
Recovery program and, too, sharing fishing adventures with sister
anglers. I'd be happy to hear from you as you move on.
Warmest wishes! Tight lines!!
|Message from the Right Hon John
Trout Fishing and Recovery
from Breast Cancer in New Zealand
As a keen trout fisherman and the Minister of
Tourism it is my great pleasure to encourage you to enjoy some of
the best trout fishing in the world.
Breast cancer affects a growing number of women
and recovery from treatment can be a long and sometimes traumatic
It’s great to see organisations like Casting
For Recovery running innovative programmes that help breast cancer
sufferers get better while teaching them one of the world’s
most relaxing and rewarding pastimes.
New Zealand is world-renowned for our trout
fishing. Our sparkling rivers and lakes, our healthy trout fisheries,
and our fantastic scenery complement our warm Kiwi hospitality and
the wide range of facilities available for our visitors.
If ever there was a part of the world designed
to help people recover from an illness – while making them
feel at home – it must surely be in New Zealand.
Best wishes and happy fishing!
Hon John Key
Minister of Tourism
Casting for Recovery was
founded in the USA in 1996 and has its headquarters in Manchester
Vermont. See www.castingforrecovery.org
for more details.
The Casting for Recovery team thank all those
who give up their time and resources to assist these precious participants
during their retreat weekend.