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Casting for Recovery New Zealand Retreats

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Due to illness the retreat for the North Island this October has had to be cancelled. We apologise for any inconvenience we may have caused.


Casting for Recovery (CFR) provides retreats at no cost to participants, which allow people whose lives have been profoundly affected by breast cancer to gather in a beautiful, natural setting and learn to fly fish.

It offers participants an opportunity to experience the peace and solitude and the chance to be in the moment that fly fishing provides. The retreat also incorporates a range of other services to promote well-being. The 2.5 day retreat weekend is one of fun and support with the mission of our trained volunteers being that of empowerment and achievement to what ever level you are capable of.

Note from the National Coordiantor, Sherrie Feickert

Due to restructuring and relicensing, Casting for Recovery National will cease operations as of 30th of June 2016.

We are in the process of licensing the programme to both islands. Please bear with us as we move forward with these changes. We expect both islands to be operating again some time in 2017. We thank you for your patience with this matter.

Please email Sherrie Feickert at sherrie@castingforrecovery.org.nz if you have any questions

FAQs 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.

TV3 story

Watch the TV3 story about Casting for Recovery

TV3 story

TV1 Seven Sharp

Watch the item about CFR on TV1 Seven Sharp

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CFR contact details

National Programme Co-ordinator, CFR New Zealand

Sherrie Feickert

9 Te Hei Place
Central Plateau 3334
Hm: 07-3866547

Mobile: 021774751

Email: sherrie@castingforrecovery.org.nz

Facebook: Casting-For-Recovery-New-Zealand


On the web:

CFR NZ: www.castingforrecovery.org.nz (you are here)

CFR International: www.castingforrecovery.org

Sherrie Feickert

Sherrie wearing CFR gear.

Regional co-ordinators

Sherrie Frickert - North Island CFR coordinator

Email: sherrie@castingforrecovery.org.nz

Sandra Jermyn - Nelson

Email: sandra@castingforrecovery.org.nz

Sally Robertson - Nelson

Email: sally@castingforrecovery.org.nz

Maree Peter - Nelson

Email: maree@castingforrecovery.org.nz

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 to participate.

Staffing 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.

Click here to view sample schedule

Other services

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:

  • Reiki
  • Massage
  • Manicures
  • Prosthetic advice
  • Compression garment fitting
  • A resource table that includes lymphoedema advice.


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.


Video clip of CFR

Watch a 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 CFR.
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 acknowledged.

Please send flies to:
Sherrie Feickert
National Programme Co-ordinator, CFR New Zealand

71 Chalgrave St
Tasman 7007

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).

Zero Limits


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", Joan Wulff

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!!

Joan Wulff

Message from the Right Hon John Key, PM

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 experience.

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
Prime Minister
Minister of Tourism

International organisation

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.





Major sponsors



for funding equipment



DIA logo

Lotteries Commission and COGS

for funding retreats and administration



Owen River Lodge


Rod and Reel







Lion Foundation



NZ Community Trust



Thanks to our fly tiers

Tony Orman and friends

Simon Chu and Friends

Peter Gohns

Auckland Freshwater Anglers Club

North Shore Anglers Club

Rotorua Anglers Club

Hamilton Anglers Club


Peter Carty

Tony Entwistle

Redge Horton


Thanks to our supporters...

Bryan and Nancy Tichborne

Kelly Tarltons

Rainbow Springs

Maryanne Stevenson-Wright

Ray and Vivienne Kermode

Charleston Motels

Korimako Studios

Elizabeth Dichter

Tom Melancon

Colleen Hamilton

Doug Rankin

Russell Kennedy


And to...


Rotorua Hunting & Fishing











CFR rod maker



Waipa King Country Division


Retreat photos

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