Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Tying For A Cause and Skunks

As you may or may not know, HMH vises and Casting For Recovery have teamed up and now HMH offers a pink colored vise.   $25 from each pink vise sold goes to Casting For Recovery.

Casting for Recovery was founded in 1996 in Manchester, Vermont, the unique brainchild of a breast cancer reconstructive surgeon and a professional fly fisher (at right, Dr. Benita Walton and Gwenn Perkins). CFR began as a local grassroots group with a big heart and an original national vision, and quickly received endorsements from medical and psycho-social experts for its innovative healing program model while at the same time provoking intense interest by national media.
Casting for Recovery was founded on the principles that the natural world is a healing force and that cancer survivors deserve one weekend — free of charge and free of the stresses from medical treatment, home, or workplace — to experience something new and challenging while enjoying beautiful surroundings within an intimate, safe, and nurturing structure.
The Program
We provide an opportunity for women whose lives have been profoundly affected by the disease to gather in a natural setting and learn the sport of fly fishing. Just as importantly, the retreats offer an opportunity to meet new friends, network, exchange information, and have fun.
Our weekend retreats incorporate counseling, educational services, and the trained facilitators that staff each retreat, including a psycho-social therapist, a health care professional (e.g. physical therapist, nurse), as well as fly-fishing instructors and river helpers.
Casting for Recovery has inspired the generous and loyal support of donors large and small, and continues to believe in its mission of providing women with powerful tools for healing at no expense to them.

 I decided to jump on helping to promote the vise. In the future I will be doing all my tying demos on the vise to help get the word out and hopefully inspire some people to make donations to the cause and maybe buy a vise in support......and oohh yeah my daughters think it's a pretty cool vise!  I wanted to come up with some fancy fly to tie and showcase the vise, but realized a better way to get peoples attention was to tie a fly that works.  The first steelhead  I landed on my two handed spey rod was my version of the green-butt skunk.  The largest steelhead I have landed came to hand with the rose-bud skunk.  Fairly easy flies to tie and they work.  For those in recovery and learning to tie flies, there is no need to feel overwhelmed with this pattern.  It's a joy to tie and fish.

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