These Men Battling Cancer Are Connecting Over Fly Fishing

by Chase Thomas

Will you see a better story today, Outsiders? We’re not so sure.

A new TODAY show feature highlighted men who bonded over their love of fly fishing as they fight cancer.

They’re fishing for trout in an area of rural Virginia. And there are fourteen of them all brought together via Reel Recovery. The organization offers free trips for those affected by cancer.

How cool is that? To this point over 300 trips have been organized by the organization.

Per the Reel Recovery website, “Reel Recovery was founded in 2003 by a group of avid fly-fishers, inspired by their fishing buddy’s ongoing battle with brain cancer. Witnessing first-hand the beneficial impact fly-fishing provided their friend, they created Reel Recovery to provide the same opportunity for other men battling the disease. Combining expert fly-fishing instruction with directed “courageous conversations”, the organization provides men with all forms of cancer a unique opportunity to share their stories, learn a new skill, form lasting friendships and gain renewed hope as they confront the challenges of cancer.”

Fly Fishing and Cancer

Reel Recovery is not the only organization utilizing the calmness and pleasantness that fly fishing brings so many folks across our great nation. It’s super cool to know that there are more organizations all over the country doing their part to help those in need and facing as tough of a time as a cancer diagnosis.

Idaho2Fly is another of these organizations. The same approach is there, getting a group of men together facing cancer to go catch some fish with one another. Chris Preston who works for the nonprofit said, “The fishing is just a mechanism to break things up between meetings.”

You want to just get away. You want to forget about the diagnosis and forget about the fight and just clear you’re ahead and enjoy some good company with other men who understand what you’re going through. This sort of thing goes a long way for a lot of folks. Facing cancer is not easy. Taking a fly fishing trip helps.

He continued, “You’re in a beautiful place and guys can … have more meaningful discussions about how they can support one another when they’re going through their cancer.”

This is the sweet spot. Finding other folks willing to help you out. Knowing you’re not alone. This is what these trips provide more than anything. A sense of belonging and a beautiful reminder that you’re never alone and there are so many great organizations out there with folks who want to help make things a bit easier. Kudos to both groups. What a great story.