REC Components launches Wheatley Fly Box Program to support Casting for Recovery

Manchester, VT—Casting for Recovery (CFR) is proud to announce that REC Components of Stafford Springs, Connecticut—the exclusive U.S. distributor of Richard Wheatley products—has signed on to support Casting for Recovery’s mission: helping women with breast cancer address quality-of-life issues.

A series of Richard Wheatley® aluminum fly boxes, including “The Lady Wheatley” series, are now for sale, branded with the CFR logo. Ten percent of the net proceeds of these boxes will be donated to help fund CFR’s mission.


Lady Wheatley fly boxes branded with the Casting for Recovery logo. Photo Courtesy of Richard Wheatley Ltd.

“Every day we get notes, emails, and letters from women who tell us that their CFR weekend was life-changing in many ways,” said CFR Executive Director Lori Simon. “They talk about sharing stories with longtime survivors and women still in treatment, being cared for by amazing volunteers, and the incredible fun of learning to fly fish while anxieties and everyday stresses fade away in the roar of the river. Beyond the delight of the fishing itself, the CFR retreat teaches women that they are stronger than they thought. One recent participant said it best: ‘I will always be grateful to CFR for the lessons learned, not just in fly-fishing but in life.’ ”

Alan Gnann, President of REC and part owner of Richard Wheatley Ltd. (RWL), said: “REC and its business partner, RWL, are pleased to be associated with and support CFR’s efforts to aid recovering women through fly fishing. RWL, founded in 1860, recently celebrated its 150th anniversary as a supplier of traditional, high-quality products to fly fishers worldwide. To mark the occasion of our association with CFR, several unique products were developed to include the Lady Wheatley range.

“Initially, approximately 10 RWL fly boxes will be offered by REC featuring the CFR logo. A percentage of the sales will go to CFR for the very important work that it does. We look forward to a long partnering association with CFR.”

Richard Wheatley aluminum fly boxes have been iconic fly-fishing accessories since the 1860s. For more information on the special edition Lady Wheatley and other Wheatley fly boxes, visit the Wheatley website.

About Casting for Recovery

Casting for Recovery is a survivorship organization that provides opportunities for women whose lives have been profoundly affected by breast cancer to gather in beautiful, natural settings at retreats that incorporate counseling, educational services, and the fun, new sport of fly fishing to promote physical and mental healing.

Since 1996, CFR has served nearly 5,000 breast cancer survivors, with the help of over 1,500 volunteers, in retreats that provide emotional and medical support and teach new skills through catch-and-release fly fishing. In 2011, 47 retreats were held across the United States.

Casting for Recovery retreat programs are offered at no cost to the participants. Numerous medical and psychosocial professionals and institutions consider Casting for Recovery one of the leading programs providing support for women with breast cancer.

Casting for Recovery is supported by generous donations from individuals, foundations, and corporations. Its leading national sponsor is The Hartford, and other national sponsors include L.L.Bean, Under Armour®, SmartWool, and Sisters on the Fly. Casting for Recovery is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization. For more information, please call 802-362-9181 or visit

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