Reel Recovery

DSC_0289a.jpg Reel Recovery Tom Rogers and I volunteered at the Reel Recovery Retreat on Oct. 10-12 2013 at Three Rivers Ranch near Ashton Idaho. There were 10 participants , 15-16 “fishing buddies”, 5 Reel Recovery staff, 2 cooks and 2 photographers, plus the ranch staff..  Three Rivers Ranch, owned and operated by Lonnie Allen, donated their facility and most of the food for this event. Three Rivers Ranch is on highway 47 about 7 miles west of Ashton. The Warm River and Robinson Creek converge near the lodge and the Henry’s Fork of the Snake River joins in about 1 mile west. The ranch is a combination of old and new, with modern cabins, a full service “Orvis” fly shop, great old lodge buildings- all on beautiful grounds. Wade fishing is on Robinson Creek and the Warm River and downstream on the Henry’s Fork. Guided drift boat fishing is available on the Henry’s Fork or you may travel to the So. Fork. We have added a link on the FFI webpage – check out their website! Bears were an added attraction as evidence was prevalent in the area.       The retreat itself is a  2-3 day event for men fighting or recovering from cancer to get away and enjoy some new experiences and realize that they have the love and support of complete strangers as they face one of  lifes challenges. I’m including a photo of our group. Note the gentlemen in the blue stocking cap. This is “Verl”.  Verl is 91 years young,  a WWII veteran who landed in Italy with the 10th Mtn. Division and fought his way through the Alps. I had the honor of being his fishing buddy for an afternoon and he, in my opinion, is “living history”. All these men are heros in their own right, how fortunate we are to share some time with them!      Joe Kotts volunteered at  the August 2013 retreat at Wildhorse Ranch near Mackey, Idaho and, like Tom and I, can attest that this is” something special”.   Joe, Tom and I urge you to support Reel Recovery,  anyway you can!      Cudos to Dick Wilson, the Reel Recovery staff and all the volunteers! Be Well! Fish On!   Brad Strawn

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