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Dble Haul
05-01-2003, 07:59 PM
Casting For Recovery (CFR) provides fly-fishing retreats specifically tailored for women who have or have had breast cancer. We seek to enhance the lives of breast cancer survivors by providing retreats designed to promote and support mental and physical healing. We are committed to socioeconomic and cultural diversity.

I have made contact with the director of CFR and put their mission statement above with his permission. At some point in our lives, every one of us will be directly affected by cancer, whether we have the illness ourselves or it's a loved one dealing with it. CFR provides a unique opportunity for breast cancer patients and survivors to gain mutual strength, respect, and support for one another. You can get much more information about the organization at www.castingforrecovery.org.

One way to help CFR is through the donation of flies that the women can use. In the spirit of our Big Brother Day, I think it would be an outstanding gesture for the Forum here to make a group donation of flies tied by some of our members. We ourselves are maturing as a group, and with that maturation comes an increase in our circle of influence in the local, national, and global community.

Can I see a show of hands from those who would like to join in with a donation of flies? The women fish on trout streams and ponds, so trout flies are in order. Once we get a handle on the number of folks donating, I'll PM my address, put them all in some nice fly boxes, and send them off with a cover letter of support and well wishes. This group is located in MA, so there may be potential to offer time in teaching on the water. Let's see how the fly donation goes, and if there's enough interest from CFR then maybe we can get some members here to help out one weekend on the water.

So, who's in?

striblue
05-01-2003, 08:17 PM
Mark..you know I would be in but I have not tackled trout flies yet... But maybe I could start... I intend to start looking at those...life is too short.

seuss
05-01-2003, 09:14 PM
how about we introduce them to the salt!!??

haven't tied a fresh water fly in some time, but after what my mom just went through (bone marrow transplant and the whole nine yards), i'm in for a bushel of either flavor.

either way, i'm in.

John Desjardins
05-01-2003, 09:19 PM
Mark count me in for a healthy donation. This is a very good cause.

Dble Haul
05-01-2003, 09:29 PM
Suess....the organization is pretty steadfast in its approach and focuses on trout. The gentleman I've corresponded with was pretty clear about that. I guess I can understand....the heavier gear required for the salt might be a bit much for someone undergoing treatments.

Striblue.....you could always send some of those Carrie Stevens streamers you've been meaning to do. ;)

Thanks guys, and keep 'em coming. :)

John Desjardins
05-01-2003, 09:40 PM
I should have added to my earlier response that CFR has a list of most used flies on there web site. A couple of the flys can be tied by anyone.

FrenchCreek
05-02-2003, 12:37 AM
I'm in for a doz. flies. Do we send them directly to CFR?

Steelheader69
05-02-2003, 01:13 AM
I haven't tied a trout flie in 15 years. I strictly salmon/steelhead tie. BUT, I can tie up some wooley buggers if that's ok? I have the colors that I could simply change my steelhead buggers to standard buggers by downsizing/recoloring.

That ok?

juro
05-02-2003, 05:53 AM
Of course you can count me in! I would rather do an interactive thing with them over sending them flies since they are HQ in Needham MA, but whatever works for you. I'll have a dirty dozen ready when you need'em.

SDHflyfisher
05-02-2003, 07:20 AM
one question how many do i need to tie?

Sprocket
05-02-2003, 07:37 AM
I can contribute...recently lost a friend to cancer & he was a mighty fly fisherman with a passion for trout - seems like a good thing to do in his name.

Dble Haul
05-02-2003, 07:54 AM
Pete- They'll be sent to me first, so I can organize them into some nice boxes and then send them all in the name of our group here.

Steelheader69- Wooly Buggers are great!

Juro- I need to work out more details for an interactive thing. There are many people who are already helping them on the water and with instruction, and these time slots are filled pretty far in advance. Let's see how this donation goes, and if there's some momentum then I can organize something, even if it's a year in advance.

SDH- As many as you like.

Keep 'em coming!

Hawkeye
05-02-2003, 08:02 AM
I'll chip in with a dozen simpler patterns. Any deadline or would March of next year be good?;)

BigDave
05-02-2003, 08:31 AM
I'll pitch in. They're already tied up - just tell me where to send em :)

Dble Haul
05-02-2003, 09:07 AM
Guys- I'm gonna make this thread sticky for about a week so that everyone gets a fair chance to see it. John D has also posted announcements in the Trout Forums directing folks here.

After about a week, I'll unstick the post and send out mailing info and due dates. It sounds like a lot of you are ready to go with this....if so, please wait until my address is sent out.

Thanks very much for the response so far.

BobK
05-02-2003, 10:52 AM
I'd like to help out, too - but I need some direction. What types and sizes of flies do they need? For example, ....

a. Wets, dries, streamers or nymphs?
b. Hook size range?
c. Any preference of patterns?
d. Do they fish streams, or ponds?

Thanks in advance for your help.

(I had a younger brother that died of soft-tissue melanoma - this is one of the normal culprits for this type of surgery!)

BobK

Dble Haul
05-02-2003, 11:06 AM
Bob and any others who may be wondering....

Any generic dry, wet, nymph, or streamer is welcome and will get heavy use by the group. Here's a list directly from their website:

The following list of flies are the most desirable for use at our retreats. Feel free to expand on the list as you wish, as we often experience differing conditions that warrant a wide variety of patterns and sizes.


Pattern Size


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Adams 12,14
Caddis 12,14
Attractor Patterns (dry) 12,14
Griffith's Gnat 16
BH Hares Ear 10,12
Stonefly Nymph 10,12
BH soft hackle 10,12
Terrestrials 10,12
Woolly Buggers (lightly weighted) 6,8

Of course this is just a guideline, so feel free to include any others that you think just might do the trick.

Oh, and they fish both streams and ponds.

John Desjardins
05-02-2003, 11:07 AM
Copied from the CFR website.


Flies for Retreats

The following list of flies are the most desirable for use at our retreats. Feel free to expand on the list as you wish, as we often experience differing conditions that warrant a wide variety of patterns and sizes.

Pattern Size
Adams 12,14
Caddis 12,14
Attractor Patterns (dry) 12,14
Griffith's Gnat 16
BH Hares Ear 10,12
Stonefly Nymph 10,12
BH soft hackle 10,12
Terrestrials 10,12
Woolly Buggers (lightly weighted) 6,8

Steelheader69
05-02-2003, 11:10 AM
I was going to add. My Dad just came out of cancer surgery. He had a comment easily treated one (prostrate), but in my family it's a killer. 3 of my 7 uncles died from it, and my grandfather had it as well. My Dad made son #4. He lucked out, they were able to get it all out in his surgery a few weeks ago. He just went to doctor for his testing, and they gave him a 93% chance that he'd never get that cancer again. Now, just waiting for the final release from the doctor so I can go on another fishing trip with my original fishing partner.

Ok, will tie up some wooley buggers. Will make a variety of colors. I do believe I could probably make some nymphs too. I'll see what I can do.

BobK
05-02-2003, 08:12 PM
Now I know what they need - next time we get a rainy day, will tie some of these up. Thanks for the direction.

BobK

striblue
05-02-2003, 08:54 PM
Mark... I will come up with these Carrie Stevens imitations...

Adrian
05-02-2003, 10:29 PM
Mark

I am in too - this is a great idea!

Eddie
05-03-2003, 01:43 AM
I'm in

BobK
05-03-2003, 07:23 AM
Hey, for those of us who have "too many rods and reels".... (I know - you never have too many - but..for a worthy cause...)
can they use any rods or reels, good, useable, in very good shape and well-maintained, but gathering dust in a corner? Obviously, trout size, of course.... (And with mine, a good line would be included, as well!)

Just a thought. (Maybe even Hal would consider looking at his ol' cast-offs). And for his "thrifty tax accountant", donations to a non profit organization are tax deductible....(ad nauseum).

I'll get him started on at least perusing the idea - maybe I can shame him into "sharing" if they need some. :hehe: :hehe: :devil:

BobK

pmflyfisher
05-03-2003, 08:21 AM
OK, I am back from the big spring steelhead trip, my body has just about recovered from the long 15 hour days of steelheading wading cold rivers and hiking through national forests etc.. in pursuit of the chrome warriors. My bad luck streak was broken (decisively) and my fly fishing spirit is renewed

Will tie up some trout nymphs and micro streamers for the ladies.

I would not subject them to my trout dry flies. :D

Let me know the due date, etc..

PM Out

Quentin
05-03-2003, 08:32 AM
I'm in! I think I have a few size 6 - 8 lightly weighted woolly buggers around :hehe: . I'll also tie up a few of the others so I can learn how to tie those as well.

Q

Doktor T
05-03-2003, 10:08 AM
www.castingforrecovery.org

Go to the site and click on top "Retreat Information". They have retreats all over the US, so need flies for all regions, i.e., both Western and Eastern.

I note the accomadations for these retreats seem quite deluxe for a non-profit. The cost of flies should be a spec on their budget.

I'll make up an assortment from my existing stocks and send to them directly. I have quite a few that are not tinted like anything in my State, but surely must fit with some of their retreat waters.

I should be able to find a coupla dozen that I would never use, and most of those are deadly somewhere else. There just are no giant yellow stones any where I fish. Very few rusty tints around here, so I send some of those. They will never catch a trout if I keep them, so I will send them where they will perform this function.

These aren't ones I tied, so they are nice flies.

:chuckle: :hehe:

Dble Haul
05-03-2003, 04:22 PM
Bob- I'll ask the group whether or not they'd be able to use any of your old equipment.

As for the deluxe accomodations, I suppose that they want the women to feel comfortable and not have too many worries on these retreats. Going through cancer treatments kinda takes it out of you, so why not be spoiled a bit?

Flies a spec on their budget? Not the amount that they go through.

You guys are great....due date and mailing info to be given out late next week.

ashley
05-04-2003, 06:55 PM
Please count me in.Just let me know how many,could do 2 dozen griffiths gnats or what ever.
Let me know
Ashley

fishheadfred
05-07-2003, 02:55 PM
count me in too, Dble Haul....keep us updated on the due date!

Dble Haul
05-08-2003, 08:26 AM
To all contributors....

I have sent out PMs with my mailing address and a due date of the first week of June. This date will allow me to pull all of the donations together, sort them into some nice boxes, and then send them off to the organization so they can use them by early summer. I will continue to leave this thread sticky throughout the duration of the drive so that others may join in if so inclined. If anyone else would like to contribute, please indicate in this thread and I will send you the relevant mailing info.

Thank you very much to all who have volunteered so far. You all make me proud to be part of such a great group.

ScotsPhil
05-14-2003, 08:11 AM
Mark

Is it too late to join in this worthy cause? I've been away from the computer and only just noticed it.

I'd send a selection of flies from Scotland which would be tied over here and tried over there.

Dble Haul
05-14-2003, 09:41 AM
ScotsPhil....you've been PM'd with the address. Thanks for contributing!

Dble Haul
05-17-2003, 02:59 PM
Fishheadfred has sent me a query via PM that I think is relevant. If any of you would like to make your donation in the name of a loved one or friend who has passed on from cancer, by all means do so. I'll include the names on the cover letter. It will make a wonderful tribute not only to those surviving who can use the flies, but to those who have lost there lives to this disease.


Great idea Chris. And Frenchcreek and BobK, your flies have arrived within the past few days. Thanks.

TinMan
05-21-2003, 09:33 PM
Sure, count me in! I'm doing much personally for the fight against cancer and I can certainly donate as well!

Never tied fresh water, but will give it a shot!

Dble Haul
05-22-2003, 08:02 AM
TinMan, a PM has been sent your way with the delivery address.

Doc Duprey
05-24-2003, 12:46 PM
Too late to join in? I would very much like to contribute if possible.

Best regards,

-Doc

Dble Haul
05-24-2003, 05:54 PM
Of course you can join in, Doc. Let me know when your PM box is cleared, and I'll send you my address (already tried but you're full).

Steelheader69
05-26-2003, 12:33 AM
Sorry, been slammed with fly orders. Plus, realized I was out of my smaller hooks, so had to buy some more size 6 and 8 hooks. Tied up some streamer patterns for trout I used to use when I still trout fished. Hope they work.

Adrian
05-31-2003, 05:27 PM
Finally got mine done today - will post on Monday.

SDHflyfisher
06-02-2003, 03:38 PM
mine were sent out today

ScotsPhil
06-04-2003, 04:30 AM
Mine were Airmailed last week from Scotland, have they arrived safely?

Dble Haul
06-04-2003, 07:54 AM
Phil- They arrived last Friday. Quite an assortment!

Thanks!

fishheadfred
06-05-2003, 12:34 AM
MARK,

I WAS JUST CURIOUS, ARE YOU AWARE OF ANY OTHER ORGANIZATIONS THAT MAY BE IN NEED OF FLIES/EQUIPMENT THAT WE MAY EXTEND A LITTLE COURTESY TOWARDS? i KNOW THAT THIS DONATION DRIVE MUST HAVE BEEN ONE HELL OF A TIME CONSUMING PROJECT FOR YOU, SO MAYBE OTHERS COULD HELP TAKE THE LEAD IN FUTURE PROJECTS. MAYBE THE FORUM, ITS MODERATORS, OR ITS MEMBERS COULD DO 3 OR 4 SUCH DRIVES A YEAR, JUST TO LET PEOPLE KNOW THAT THERE ARE PEOPLE LIKE US WHO DO CARE. WHAT DO YOU THINK? ANYONE ELSE HAVE ANY FEEDBACK ON THIS?

CHRIS

Dble Haul
06-05-2003, 08:07 AM
I'm not aware of any off the top of my head, but I'm sure that a little research could prove otherwise.

Let's let this current donation wrap up and then network some more (unless of course someone already has another group in mind). I'm very impressed with the amount of dedication that has been shown so far just in this drive alone.

fishheadfred
06-05-2003, 07:31 PM
sounds good...keep up the good work

Quentin
06-11-2003, 05:13 PM
Mark, mine were mailed yesterday. Sorry for the delay :o

Q

Dble Haul
06-26-2003, 08:25 AM
I took on the formidable task of sorting the donated flies last night....I must say that you all have shown an incredible amount of generousity with this project. Tonight I will type up the letter with a listing of all participants. I'll take some pics showing the very full boxes and share them with you, as well as a copy of the letter.

I've unstuck this thread....it will fade off of the front page, but your efforts will not be forgotten. If I receive a thank you response from CFR, I will share that as well.

THANKS TO ALL!!!