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: 3rd annual CFR donation

Dble Haul
02-02-2005, 08:32 AM
"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 once again make a group donation of flies tied by some of our members. We continue to mature as a group, and with that maturation comes an increase in our circle of influence in the local, national, and global community.

Donations from the last two years were quite impressive, and this year's should be no less so given our rate of growth.

If interested, flies are due by the end of April so that they can be sorted and in the hands of those who need them by mid May. Please send them to me at the following address:

Mark Dysinger
5 Spring Street
Portland, CT 06480

Be sure to include your name and city of residence, as they will be included in the cover letter accompanying the flies going to CFR. Any trout patterns will do, but the ones used most frequently are listed at the CFR website.

I look forward to your responses and participation in this cause.

Dble Haul
02-14-2005, 11:27 AM
Flies are starting to arrive, and they look nice.

Thanks to those of you who have participated so far. :)

03-12-2005, 12:39 PM
No brainer Mark, putting mine together today and in the mail when the snow clears ;)

Dble Haul
03-31-2005, 08:37 AM

Flies are due one month from today.

Thanks for the donations so far. :)

03-31-2005, 10:13 AM
Mark -

Are there some patterns that are more favored than others or are they able to put virtually anything we offer to good use?


Dble Haul
03-31-2005, 10:34 AM

They can use just about any type of trout fly, but what they use most commonly as previously listed on their website are:

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

Some tiers have donated flies with a subtle hint of pink (i.e., parachute post) becasue that is CFR's official color.

Any tie will do! :)

03-31-2005, 01:51 PM
Hey Mark!
This is great - Have a fly-tying session this weekend for a gift for a recent retiree, I'll add some more for this. Are there any patterns that have so far gone under-represented that I could help with?
Thanks for coordinating - this is the good stuff....

Dble Haul
03-31-2005, 02:45 PM
I haven't received many nymphs yet, but whatever you can donate is appreciated.

Thanks in advance. :)

04-26-2005, 11:51 AM
Mark - 1 dozen in the mail - 1/2 dozen woolybuggers, size 10, 1/2 dozen copper john's size 16. All w/ a hint of pink for the cause. In the mail today, should be at your door friday or monday. sorry for the delay... to many things to do, not enough time to do it all in...
thanks again for coordinating this...

Dble Haul
04-26-2005, 12:06 PM
No worries. I'm going away for a fishing trip and won't be back until the 1st or 2nd of May, so they should definitely be there upon my return. All donated flies will then be gathered together and shipped to CFR on behalf of the tiers.

Thanks for your donation.