Boost for fly-fish­ing re­treats

South Waikato News - - OPINION -

The char­i­ta­ble or­gan­i­sa­tion which runs fly-fish­ing re­treats for women re­cu­per­at­ing from breast can­cer – Cast­ing for Re­cov­ery – has been given a boost by Fish & Game NZ team­ing up as a spon­sor.

Cast­ing for Re­cov­ery (CFR) or­gan­ises two-and-a-half day re­treat week­ends at no cost for women whose lives have of­ten been pro­foundly im­pacted by breast can­cer.

Fish & Game spokesman Grant Dyson said the or­gan­i­sa­tion was only too pleased to help spon­sor such a good cause.

‘‘Most an­glers would ac­knowl­edge ‘fish­ing as ther­apy’ – it’s a calm­ing, re­lax­ing out­door pur­suit that takes peo­ple’s minds away from their im­me­di­ate wor­ries. There are also the phys­i­cal ben­e­fits too, from walk­ing up a river or around a lake and cast­ing a line, topped off – hope­fully – by the ex­cite­ment of land­ing a nice trout.’’ CFR ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Sher­rie Fe­ick­ert said the or­gan­i­sa­tion was very pleased to re­ceive sup­port from Fish & Game NZ, which in­cluded help with li­cences for par­tic­i­pants, to the use of hatch­ery cast­ing pools, equip­ment and lec­ture rooms.

She said CFR knew from past re­treats that around 30 per cent of par­tic­i­pants went on to take up fly fish­ing: ‘‘It’s so ex­cit­ing and re­ward­ing to see the women grow into a new-found pas­sion, which cer­tainly helps with the re­cov­ery process. ‘‘And of course, when this hap­pens it is giv­ing some­thing back to Fish & Game when these women be­come li­cence-hold­ers and ac­tive mem­bers of fish­ing com­mu­ni­ties in dif­fer­ent regions round the coun­try.’’

The or­gan­i­sa­tion prac­tises catch-and-re­lease and has won a sus­tain­abil­ity award for this. Ms Fe­ick­ert also said that CFR is not ex­clu­sively for women as some men suf­fer from breast can­cer as well.

The next CFR re­treat will be held in the Nel­son-marl­bor­ough re­gion from March 23 to 25. Lynda Topp, of the Topp Twins fame, will help run the week­end.

Fish & Game’s spon­sor­ship in­cludes pro­vid­ing par­tic­i­pants with a Get­ting Started in Trout Fish­ing in­for­ma­tion pack­age which in­cludes a DVD and CD with fish­ing tips, ac­cess in­for­ma­tion and maps. These are avail­able to all mem­bers of the public who might be in­ter­ested in tak­ing up fresh­wa­ter fish­ing – con­tact your lo­cal Fish & Game of­fice (de­tails at fis­handgame.org.nz).

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