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Casting and Mending

Casting and Mending
How Therapeutic Fly Fishing Heals Shattered Minds and Bodies

Henry David Thoreau wrote, “Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.” That notion, that fishing is about more than catching fish—that it offers tranquility, reflection, and recovery—is at the heart of scores of programs across the United States that use fly fishing to promote physical and emotional healing.


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Overview

Henry David Thoreau wrote, “Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.” That notion, that fishing is about more than catching fish—that it offers tranquility, reflection, and recovery—is at the heart of scores of programs across the United States that use fly fishing to promote physical and emotional healing. Healing for people with cancer, for veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and physical disabilities, and for those in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. Casting and Mending: How Therapeutic Fly Fishing Heals Shattered Minds and Bodies tells the story of several of these programs, including the voices of breast cancer patients, veterans, and recovering addicts as they reflect on the often life-changing and life-affirming experience of fly fishing. Casting and Mending also traces fishing in history and popular culture as a source of solace and redemption; explores the science of the healing effects of nature; and makes a case for fly fishing as an instance of “flow,” an optimal experience that leaves a person stronger, more confident, and refreshed.

About the Author
Pat Scanlon is a professor emeritus in the School of Communication at Rochester Institute of Technology, where he taught for thirty-three years. He has published on a variety of topics, from Elizabethan literature to plagiarism to fiber optics. His recent articles on local history and fly fishing have appeared in several magazines. An avid fly fisherman, he volunteers as a river helper for Casting for Recovery, which offers free retreats for women with breast cancer. He lives in Rush, New York, with his wife, Joanne.

Details

Publisher: RIT Press (06/2022)
ISBN-13: 978-1-939125-97-2
Binding: Softcover
Pages: 208
Illustrations: 10
Size: 6 x 9 in.
Shipping Weight: 1.5lb

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements

Chapter 1:  Diverter of Sadness and Calmer of Unquiet Thoughts — How fly fishing became therapeutic    

Part 1. Therapeutic Fly Fishing for Women with Breast Cancer 
  
Chapter 2:  Cast, Mend — A morning with the river muffins    
Chapter 3:  Why Cast for Recovery?  A surgeon’s perspective on therapeutic fly fishing for women with breast cancer     
Chapter 4:  This Isn’t Bowling for Recovery — The who, what, and why of a Casting for Recovery retreat    
Chapter 5:  In the Bad Rapids — Metaphors of fly fishing and cancer    
Chapter 6:  The Voices of Casting for Recovery — Five women speak about breast cancer, fly fishing, and hope    

Part 2.  Therapeutic Fly Fishing for Disabled Warriors 
  
Chapter 7:  Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing — Angling rehab for physical and invisible wounds    
Chapter 8:  Maintaining Balance — Casting on the lawn at Fort Drum    
Chapter 9:  OASIS    
Chapter 10:  Voices of Veterans — Veterans talk about combat, invisible wounds, and the solace of fly fishing    

Part 3.  Therapeutic Fly Fishing for Those Recovering from Addiction
    
Chapter 11:  Moving Meditation — How fly fishing complements treatment for addiction    
Chapter 12:  Rainbow’s End Recovery Center    
Chapter 13:  Voices of Recovery — Addicts reflect on the restorative powers of nature and fly fishing    

Part 4.  How Fly Fishing is Therapeutic    

Chapter 14:  The Green World — How being in nature heals us    
Chapter 15:  The Flow of Fly Fishing — The therapeutic benefits of optimal experience    

Chapter 16:  Conclusion