The Casting for Hope team had been rather quietly dreaming about The Casting for Hope Retreat Center for some time—but we knew it was a reality that was many years down the road.  However, in early August of 2015, the CfH team received a call from the property owners who own the land and creek on which CfH was born.  They were interested in entering into a lease agreement with us—and a month later, our dreams came true.  The Casting for Hope Retreat Center is now a reality at least ten years earlier than any of us thought we’d have it.


The Retreat Center is now the home base of operations for Casting for Hope’s survivors’ and caregivers’ retreats and fly-fishing competitions large and small. The Retreat Center has blossomed into a favored home for cancer support groups to hold their meetings in Western North Carolina.  And Casting for Hope is powerfully expanding our Retreat programming for one- and two-day retreats for patients and caregivers who just can’t get away for a long weekend for whatever limiting reasons.  CfH will additionally uses accumulated experiences to assist other business teams and other non-profits to potentiate their growth through leadership team building and retreat programs.

Additionally, patrons of the Retreat Center may visit to fish for “the fish of a lifetime.”  If you’re interested in learning more about patronizing the Casting for Hope Retreat Center, we’d love to hear from you.  You can get the full information from John by e-mailing him at [email protected] or calling him at 828.443.4850.  1474384_10201753647877211_1482909388_n

The Retreat Center management team includes co-founders John and Taylor whose life membership with Trout Unlimited demonstrates their focus on conservation and environmental health, along with board member Squeak Smith, whose work with TU over the years earned him a Mortensen Award for Lifetime Achievement and recognition as one of the ten most important TU members in the country.  Executive Director Kathy Haney will provide the base.

See the attachments below to find out more about being a Casting for Hope Retreat Center patron to both support our work and visit the Retreat Center yourself.

Casting for Hope Retreat Center Patron Information

Casting for Hope Retreat Center Rules


We’d like to say THANK YOU to our Patrons!


Resource Institute
Resource Institute


The Resource Institute, Inc specializes in “provid[ing] an avenue of support to address natural and human resource opportunities to enhance the quality of life.”  The Casting for Hope Retreat Center team is excited to name The Resource Institute, Inc as a Casting for Hope Retreat Center Brook Trout Sponsor.  As a national leader in stream restoration, the Resource Institute, Inc manages a number of stream restoration conferences and directs many stream and land conservation and restoration projects across the country.  Check them and their work out on the web here and follow them on Facebook here.







The Casting for Hope Retreat Center team is excited to name Brushy Fork Environmental Consulting, Inc a Rainbow Trout Sponsor.  Brushy Fork Environmental Consulting is a full-service environmental firm made up of self-motivated, highlycapable individuals who work as a team to manage all aspects of surface water and land quality projects.  Founded in Mountain City in late 2005, BFEC serves the growing demand for natural resource restoration and conservation related services.  Since our inception, we have diversified into many other fields, most of which are still conservation driven.  As part ofthat diversification, we recently created the Brushy Fork Engineering Division (BFED), LLC from which we offer engineering services. Our technical ability, attention to detail, and long-standing relationships with the regulatory community assure a comprehensive and professional result.  Our success is built upon the relationships we have made with multiple non-profits, local municipalities, landowners, and conservation minded developers.  Check them and their work out on the web here and follow them on Facebook here.




The Casting for Hope Retreat Center team is excited to name North State Environmental a Brown Trout Sponsor.  North State Environmental is a specialized environmental contractor committed to providing quality stream, wetlands and marine restoration for public and private sector entities. Since 1994 we have restored over 1 million feet of river and streams and over 1000 acres of wetlands throughout North America.  Find them on the web here and check our their Facebook page here.  



Casting for Hope is delighted to name WNC Real Estate at Lake James one of our Retreat Center sponsors.  WNC Real Estate donates $100 for every home sold to support our Retreat programming and our financial assistance needs for women and families battling gynecological cancers.