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 firstname.lastname@example.org.