Reel Recovery

Reel Recovery is a national non-profit organization that conducts free fly-fishing retreats for men recovering from all forms of cancer.

This is Reel Recovery and This Is How They Help

Combining expert fly-fishing instruction with directed “courageous conversations”, the organization offers a unique experience for men coping with cancer, a time to share their stories; learn a new skill, form friendships and gain renewed hope as they confront the challenges of their recovery. Retreats are conducted over a two-and-a-half day period at a Retreat Participant fly-fishing facility/lodge with onsite or nearby fishing access. All meals, lodging and fly-fishing equipment are provided at no cost to the participants. Retreats are led by professional facilitators and expert fly-fishing instructors. A maximum of 12-14 men are invited to participate, to ensure the quality of the instruction and to create a powerful small-group dynamic.


Provide a safe, reflective environment for the participants to discuss their disease and recovery with other men with shared experiences, thereby providing support and information to help them in their recovery.

Provide expert fly-fishing instruction that enables the participants to learn a new skill, form a healing connection with nature, and participate in a sport they can continue throughout their recovery and lifetime.

Provide participants information about cancer-related resources, both in the local community and nationally to facilitate networking and enhanced management of their recovery. If you would like to be a participant or a volunteer, please contact us.

Texas: 817-894-7832 Mike Emerson
National: Toll Free: 800-699-4490

One thought on “Reel Recovery

  1. I found an article several years ago about someone by the name of Harry Molder who was involved in a fly fishing ministry for men recovering from prostate cancer, or so I thought that’s what it said. It seems it was a television story that someone had done and now I cannot locate it. I wondered if the name was familiar to your group?

    thanks for your time if you are able to direct me to the right spot


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