“Casting Flies to Renew the Mind and Refresh the Spirit”
Good Fly is a non-profit organization that offers free fly-casting and fly-fishing programs to reduce stress and anxiety.
Stress is a normal part of life on earth. Intense or sustained stress, however, may produce anxiety, depression, relationship problems, and sleep difficulty. Some professions and life experiences result in high-stress events:
Medical Professionals and Hospital Workers have experienced significant stress during the COVID-19 pandemic as they strive to provide for patients while keeping themselves and their families healthy.
Military, Law Enforcement, and Fire Protection personnel protect our freedoms, our lives, and our property, and in so doing, experience sustained and sometimes intensely stressful situations.
Pastors and Counselors help others manage and overcome life’s challenges and stresses, and, at times, require assistance themselves.
Abuse Survivors, Grieving Parents and Spouses, and others have experienced traumatic, life-changing events and can benefit from purposeful, proven stress, and anxiety management.
Part of fly fishing is the adventure of exploring beautiful landscapes and breathing the fresh air.
The art of fly casting has long been known to reduce stress and anxiety. The rhythmic, meditative-like cadence of the casting stroke, and the required focus, are naturally therapeutic.
Fly fishing programs have been used for almost 15 years to successfully treat military personnel suffering from PTSD. Studies conducted in 2009 by the University of Southern Maine, the University of Utah, and the Department of Veterans Affairs, found that combat veterans had “significant reductions in stress and post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms, and improvements in sleep quality” following fly-fishing activities.