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Trout’s Spotlight: Cody Hoeckelberg

October 31, 2012
Author: Will Rice

Many of you know Cody Hoekelberg from the shop.  He is a pretty fishy dude.  In addition to fishing hard across the state and beyond Colorado, Cody is also engaged in our community and volunteers for a great cause: Casting for Recovery.

Trout’s Fly Fishing: tell us about your involvement with Casting for Recovery?

Cody: "I basically coordinate the river helpers for Casting For Recovery, which is a non-profit organization that provides a free weekend long retreat to  women who are victims and survivors of Breast Cancer. Fourteen ladies show up at the North Fork Ranch on the North Fork of the South Platte outside of Bailey, CO for a weekend of spiritual gatherings, healing sessions, and the chance to bond and hear about each other’s battles against cancer. I volunteer my time by finding 14 professional and compassionate fly-fishing guides that I pair up with the ladies for their fishing day, which takes place on the final day of the retreat."

Trout’s Fly Fishing: how long have you been doing this why should other anglers think about getting involved in this type of program?

Cody: "I will be going on 4 years of helping out CFR. After each retreat, I have the greatest feeling knowing the event truly has impcted these 14 women to have a more positive outlook on life after introducing them into the art of fly-fishing. The trout in the Ranch are big to say the least, the experience that the ladies have of casting, hooking, landing, and releasing a 5 plus pound rainbow trout makes their final day at the retreat the highlight and the most memorable time spent for most of the women. Without volunteers these retreats could not happen, that is why it is so important for me to give my time to help. This is truly an organization that really helps these women heal and realize that they can find serenity and peace through the river and fly-fishing."

Click here for more information on Casting Recovery and to find out how you can become involved.  If you are interested in helping with the next Casting for Recovery event, please contact Cody Hoeckelberg at

Posted in Spotlight |   5 Comments


#1. Posted by Marlene on October 31, 2012

Cody is the BEST! We couldn’t have as much success in our retreats if Cody didn’t round up river volunteers and help us find the perfect match for our participants. Cody, the fly fishing community, the amazing staff at the North Fork Ranch and the CFR volunteers all come together, put out their best efforts and the end result is 14 happy women at the end of the day! Thank you for writing about CFR, for shouting out to Cody. As a past participant and current CFR volunteer—I know a weekend like this can make a change in someone’s life—and it’s not just the participants either!—In gratitude—Marlene Collins

#2. Posted by Kathy on October 31, 2012

Cody is a treasure.  Thanks for giving him some well-deserved recognition and sharing information about Casting for Recovery.

#3. Posted by Shari Foreman on November 2, 2012

Cody is my cousin Larry’s son. I don’t get to see him much since I live in Indiana, but when I took him for lunch a few
years ago. I loved him. Thanks Cody for Volunteerism, I know it is one of the greatest gifts to make you and your ladies feel good. The second pic, really looks like your dad!
Sincerely, Second Cousin Shari :)

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#4. Posted by Stephanie Heaslet on November 8, 2012

Thank you Cody for a beautiful day on the river! Catching a trout I couldn’t even fit my hands around was amazing! You made my day on the river memorable!

#5. Posted by tina jackson on November 12, 2012

This looks wonderful, as I think it could help with children and others fighting and surviving cancer.  As I am. I just want to say Thank you for what you do it truly is a blessing.
Thank you again good job.
As well I’m your Dad’s first cousin and you are my 2nd.
Tina Jackson Fort Myers Florida.

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