Second Request for Volunteers!

Unfortunately we have gotten a very slim response  to our request to help support Reel Recovery at these events. Please look at your calendar and see if you can donate an hour or 2 of your time & contact the respective Coordinator.

We have several exciting fly fishing events in the first quarter of 2017 and Reel Recovery will have a booth at each to tell about our mission of offering FREE fly fishing retreats to men with any form of cancer.  We need volunteers to staff our booths as we seek participants, volunteers and sponsors / donors. Can we count on you to help? Please contact the booth coordinator to sign-up.

Feb. 17-19 Troutfest 2017 – Booth Coord.- Jim Kelly,, 214-384-6810.

The first event is Troutfest 2017, sponsored by GRTU, to be held at the Lazy L & L Campground on the Guadalupe River on February 17-19, 2017. The 17th is the banquet only with Kirk Deeter, editor of Trout magazine, as the keynote speaker. The 18th and 19th will be full days of demonstrations, seminars, exhibits and activities for all ages. Admission is free. See for details and schedule. Please contact Jim Kelly,, 214-384-6810, if you can help.


The next three NTX events all fall on the same weekend and will present a challenge to us to have a full staff of volunteers at each event. Plan your schedule carefully and you could even work two events on this busy weekend. Make life easy for these coordinators by volunteering early and often.


Mar 11-12 Texas F F & Brew Festival –  Booth Coord.- Jim Kelly,, 214-384-6810

The first event is a new one coming to Texas for the first time. Some of you are aware of the highly successful Virginia Fly Fishing & Wine Festival which will hold their 17th annual event in April of 2017. This group is expanding their horizons with the Texas Fly Fishing & Brew Festival to be held on March 11th & 12th at the Plano Centre in Plano. They have been advertising in the national fly fishing publications and have an outstanding cast of presenters / demonstrators including Lefty Kreh, Ed Jaworowski, Bob Clouser, Tom Rosenbauer, Brian O’Keefe, Mike Mercer and others to be announced. There will be two full days of demonstrations, seminars, exhibits and special activities (scout merit badges) plus, as you might guess, some beer drinking. See for details and schedule. Please contact Jim Kelly,, 214-384-6810, if you can help.

Mar 11  Fly Fish Texas – Booth Coord. Steve Wikse,, 979-446-2386.

The second event on this weekend is the longtime favorite for many, Fly Fish Texas at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens. The fun includes fly fishing, beginner fly fishing instruction, fly tying demonstrations, beginner fly tying, casting, seminars and exhibitors including on-the-water kayak demos. See for details and schedule. Please  contact Steve Wilkse,, 979-446-2386, if you can help.

Mar 11  Trinity River Water District FlyFest – Booth Coord. Les Jackson,, 817-253-0943

The third event on this weekend is the 2nd annual TRWD (Trinity River Water District) FlyFest. There will be casting demos, fly tying demos and lessons, hands on lessons, presentations, cooking demos and open fishing for recently stocked trout. See for details and schedule. Please contact Les Jackson,, 817-253-0943, if you can help.

Houston Areas Events  Booth Coord- Dave Steffek, , , 713-202-0101

Feb 25-26,Mar 5-6 Bass Pro Spring Fishing Classic – Pearland  

This will be the second opportunity to participate in a booth outdoors demonstrating fly tying and fly casting, materials being distributed there for Reel Recovery. We may also have the opportunity to have a display table in the store as done last year where we hand out Reel Recovery flyers, and talk to any interested customers for perspective retreat participants and accept donations.

Mar8-12 Houston Fishing Show –

George Brown CC- This will be the 3rd year of participating in a booth with the Texas Fly Fishers (TFF) Club who allow our presence to distribute RR flyers and talk to people coming by the booth. Volunteers also tie flies as part of the effort to promote fly fishing, TFF activities, and the opportunity to promote Reel Recovery Retreats and donations.

Please contact Dave Steffek, , 713-202-0101, if you can help with either or both events.


Thank you for all you do to support Texas Reel Recovery. Your efforts are sincerely appreciated.

Be Well! Fish On!     Michael Emerson   Texas State Coordinator, Reel Recovery

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