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Program coordinator:

Bonnie Holding

Casting for Recovery – Maine is held at a different sporting camp each year, and often the adventure of spending a weekend deep in the Maine woods is one of the most exciting aspects to many of the participants. There is one breast cancer retreat for 14 women every year.

Program Coordinator Bonnie Holding has been a registered Master Maine Guide of sports trout and salmon fishing for 25 years and she says, “Guiding led me to working with a great program called Casting for Recovery.” Bonnie has been organizing the annual Casting for Recovery retreat in Maine for 15 years.

The participants have the opportunity to fish a near-by  river. The casting motion does so much more than bring that fly to your fish, it helps with soft tissue recovery. Whether participants come for the fly fishing or for the adventure, one thing is certain: they all had the opportunity to enjoy themselves, their fellow participants, the retreat staff, the beauty of the Maine outdoors, and the opportunity to heal both physically and emotionally. It’s definitely all about fishing and not at all about the fishing!

2018 Retreat Calendar

August 17-19, 2018
Apply by June 8, 2018
Red River Camps Portage, ME


20th Annual Fishtails & Cocktails at the Sugarloaf Mountain Hotel January 19, 2019 from 5-7 pm.  We’re accepting donations for the 2019 live and silent auction, please contact Bonnie Holding on her Facebook page to make a donation.

17th Casting For Recovery event was July 29-31 2016 at King and Bartlett Fish and Game Club

Annual Fishtales and Cocktails was January 14, 2017!

Our annual Fishtales and Cocktails was January 14, 2017 at the Sugarloaf Hotel in Carrabassett Valley Maine. We would like to thank everybody that attended, and donated to a fun night of bidding on great items like, fishing trips, airplane rides, pink fly rods, pink ice fishing traps, and gift certificates to many wonderful establishments.  We truly appreciate all of our sponsors and donations that continue to make this retreat a success!

(Contact Bonnie at, for details on how you can help or donate items for the 2018 event.)

HMH Vises

ME Vice
HMH Vises is happy to be a partner with Casting for Recovery and to help support their important and good work. HMH is very pleased to be able to help the women of CfR enjoy the added dimension of fly fishing with fly tying. HMH will donate $25 to CfR for every HMH/CfR Vise sold.  To purchase your CfR Vise, please visit HMH Vises.


 Catch us on NBC Nightly News and The TODAY Show! Casting for Recovery was proud to be featured in these national segments in August and October, 2015.
Casting for Recovery relies on the enthusiasm and support of its loyal volunteers to plan and staff our retreats, as well as conduct fund-raising events. Volunteering will enrich your life and the lives of others with new hope, new skills. Click HERE for an application!

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