Another Thank You from Missouri

I enjoyed EVERYTHING at my retreat in Missouri. All of it! Especially the other participants, volunteers, being able to relax and have fun, my river guide being so supportive and non-judgmental of all my mistakes.  I learned I was a pretty good fly caster too.

You are all my heroes! Whether you were physically there at the retreat or behind the scenes, I appreciate everything you did to make it all come together so well.  The smallest touches made the whole event fantastic. The gifts of hand-ties flies are a real treasure.

It was a long haul through my treatment. I just really felt like this retreat would give me a chance to get outdoors, RELAX, meet people I have things in commons with (who understand) and have a LITTLE fun.  Boy, did I.

Thank you!

Thanks from Missouri

I’m back from attending the Reeling & healing Midwest retreat in Steelville, MO.

The inspiration from the other participants was so uplifting and amazing. I was able to throw away my fear of cancer returning and just enjoy being.

Thanks to everyone for providing a spectacular room in a beautiful location, wonderful meals, world-class river guides who taught me so much and are worth their weight in gold, and new friendships and lasting memories. I thank you so much!


Our 2014 Michigan New Participant Fly Fishing Wellness Retreats are filling up fast.

Retreat dates are:

  • Sunday, July 13-Tuesday, July 15 – Waitlist Only
  • Sunday, August 3-Tuesday, August 5 – Phone or Email for Availability
  • Sunday, August 10-Tuesday, August 12 – Phone or Email for Availability
  • Friday, September 19-Sunday, September 21

We are in need of Fly Fishing Volunteers for all of the retreats. We have openings for “Day Only” guides, as well as for those interested in volunteering for an entire retreat.

If you’re interested in attending as a Participant or Volunteer, send an email to for additional information and to double-check availability.  One of our retreat volunteers will contact you and forward registration forms.

Learn more about our retreat programs at



Reeling & Healing Midwest hosted their eighth Annual May Retreat at Brook Trout Bend located on the North Branch of the Au Sable River in Lovells, MI.

This year’s retreat was designated a Reunion Retreat and past participants from 1998 through 2013 attended.

The weather was magnificent and encouraged a number of hatches and opportunities to hook into browns and brooks.  Many thanks to our river guides – Dave, Leslye, Liz, Anne and Phyllis for their assistance, and to our hosts, Arnie and Aggie Ochs.

2014 May Reunion Retreat on North Branch of Au Sable River

2014 May Reunion Retreat on the North Branch of Au Sable River in Lovells, MI




Come Join Us & Fish On!



Missouri Retreat – April 2014 in Steelville, MO, at Westover Farms

Our first retreat in Missouri took place April 25-27 in Steelville, MO, at Westover Farms.

Retreat Coordinator, Patti Hummert, and her team of volunteers provided the participants with instruction, one-the-water guiding, delicious food and wonderful cameraderie.

EVERYONE landed more than a few trout beautiful trout. Additionally, photos were taken to confirm their adventure and trophies to the loved ones.  See more photos by clicking on this link.

One of our river guides,  Boot, posted a nice blog post with photos. Check it out here.

The next Missouri retreat is scheduled for October 10-12, 2014.

Westover Farms 2014 Reeling & Healing Midwest

2013 Annual May Reunion Retreat Is Almost Here

Yes! It is just days away…the Annual Mother’s Day Weekend Reunion Retreat on the North Branch of the Au Sable in Lovells, MI!  Whoo-hoo!

This will be our EIGHTH year at Brook Trout Bend. I am so excited to see the river, the participants, and have a fantastic time. The weather looks like it will be pretty good and I’m hopeful we’ll encounter a good hatch or two. The record of trout caught in one day at this retreat is 72 brook, brown and rainbow trout. Let’s see what happens this year.

We have a full roster of fishers and volunteers. More details and photos to come.

Fish On!  – Cath Sero


Fish On! With Reeling & Healing Arkansas


Reeling & Healing Midwest is excited to announce their first Reeling & Healing Arkansas Fly Fishing Wellness Retreat for women battling or surviving cancer.

These retreats are provided for women, 18 years or older, who are battling or surviving ANY type of cancer. The 2-1/2 day retreat will take place Friday, May 31st -Sunday, June 2nd, at Gaston’s White River Resort in Lakeview, Arkansas.

All lodging, equipment, food, instruction, guide assistance are provided at no charge. Fly fishing experience is not required to attend. Retreats are led by professional facilitators and certified fly fishing instructors. When the human spirit, combined with courage and faith to overcome cancer, meets up with a river and the chance to fly-fish, well, magic happens!

Come join this magic and sign up for the retreat. Learn more at, or email:, or contact Kerri Russell at 479-640-8319.

Reeling & Healing of the Midwest is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which champions fly fishing wellness retreat programs for women diagnosed with or surviving cancer. It is 100% donor-supported with a 100% volunteer staff.

Visit or for additional information.

Renew Spirit. Renew Hope. Fish On!

Giving – Hope and More

The work Reeling & Healing does is awesome beyond words. Giving hope, restoring faith & returning self-confidence are gifts of the highest order.

As a cancer survivor myself, I know the importance of positive attitude, of hope, and of faith.

Thank you and all the volunteers of Reeling & Healing Midwest for all you do.  – Mike S.

Who and What is Reeling and Healing

I can answer this because approximately 6 years ago I came in contact with them at the fly-fishing show in Warren, Michigan, that I attended with my son Aaron. I had wanted to fly fish for a long time and now that I was through with my breast cancer treatment, I had a much bigger Carpe Diem attitude about life. It was time to do the things I dreamed about and talked about but never did.

I met Cathy Sero, who coordinates the group, and found out I could sign up to go on a 3 day 2 night fishing trip at Gates Lodge in Grayling along with 13 other cancer survivors for the price of $25.00, including all equipment, lodging and meals. I was shocked but she explained how the group was a 501 (c) (3) non profit that reached out to cancer survivors to provide a one of a kind experience on and off the river which renews the spirit and provides support through fly-fishing, nature, peer coaching and positive camaraderie.

I signed on the line and in July, not knowing another person going, I reached out to find someone else in my area and drove up together, not knowing what we were getting into. Little did we know we were in store for the weekend of a lifetime, being Queens for the time of our stay. There were 14 volunteers (coaches) to encourage, teach, and stand by us in the river to give the confidence needed. My coach actually brought me a cup of coffee out on the river at 6:30 a.m. In the afternoons there were crafts and fly fishing information sessions for those who could pull themselves off the river, and in the evening campfires with wonderful sharing times. (Actually sharing things you thought you could never say out loud or that anyone would understand). The year I was there they had a masseuse and I received a massage along side the river as evening was setting (I will never forget that).

Each year there are special happenings and each retreat is a little different, but each one places you in a secure zone where you are totally accepted and encouraged to embrace life. One thing about cancer is that both friends and family really don’t want to hear your story; they want you to be better and move on. When you’re in a group like this you really know that when you talk among yourselves the others really know what you’re talking about. The acceptance is very hard to explain but it is extremely healing and encouraging.

I cannot say enough about the group or Cathy Sero who facilitates it. She has a true love for each woman that attends and it comes through loud and clear. There are 4 retreats at Gates Lodge each year, which take place in July and August. Check out their website at

They can always use volunteers, if you decide to help, believe me you will be blessed for your time.  It’s a wonderful experience.
I cannot thank this group enough for the healing and encouragement given me, as well as the love for fishing they awakened within me.

Sue Kazmierczak

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