Breaking down walls.

Smashing taboos.

Building community.

Improving all lives by serving men facing mental health challenges.

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Back Cast. Verb. In fly fishing, casting is a back-and-forth motion of the rod and line that allows you to place your fly where you'd like. The back cast is when your rod and line are behind you. Much like the push back and forth of mental health, Fishing The Good Fight is here to help you place your fly in the right place and support you along the way.

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about us

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Fishing the Good Fight, was created in 2019 when founder Jennings Hester ?????????. The Denver-based nonprofit leverages proven therapeutic benefits of fly fishing to support men’s mental health organizations while shining a light on the complex intersection of modern masculinity and mental health. The team at FTGF strives to help reduce the mental health stigma and provide resources to help men take action and subsidize necessary services.

Meet The Team

Jennings Hester

1 sentence about his ties to fly fishing. 1 sentence about mental health. 1 sentence about role in FTGF.

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Baker
Arena

1 sentence about his ties to fly fishing. 1 sentence about mental health. 1 sentence about role in FTGF.

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Jeff
Guidotti

1 sentence about his ties to fly fishing. 1 sentence about mental health. 1 sentence about role in FTGF.

Neeraj “Raj”
Sathe

1 sentence about his ties to fly fishing. 1 sentence about mental health. 1 sentence about role in FTGF.

Joe
Dietz

1 sentence about his ties to fly fishing. 1 sentence about mental health. 1 sentence about role in FTGF.

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We believe that those experiencing mental health challenges have the greatest chance of success when they have access to what they need most. That’s where FTGF comes in.

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Access to professional help

Regular exposure to nature

community 
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We believe that it’s important for those experiencing mental health challenges to be able to access help from a professional licensed therapist. The foundation of all of our retreats is built on talk therapy or group therapy lead by professionals- it’s what makes us so different from everyone else.

We’ve all seen the research- spending time in nature and cultivating hobbies that facilitate a relationship with the natural world has long lasting positive effects on mental health.

So much of the heart of FTGF comes from our desire to build a supportive community where mental health isn’t a taboo. Whether it’s at a retreat or online in our resource center, we’re here to create an open community where you feel supported and understood.

Therapy and mental health services can be expensive. FTGF is working tirelessly to make sure that it’s affordable for those who need it by offering scholarships and subsidies.

Our core Values

We know how it felt that first time we hooked into a brown on a warm summer’s day, nothing can beat that feeling. But we also know what it feels like to navigate a confusing and difficult mental health system. We’ve navigated the rocky waters so that we can help you. If you join us on a retreat, you’ll get lots of time in nature on the water, meeting new, like-minded people, and talking with licensed professionals about the difficulties men face when it comes to the conventions of modern masculinity. By attending one of our retreats, you’ll learn fly fishing techniques, work with top-of-their-field mental health professionals, and fish some of the most gorgeous waters in the West. And you’ll meet lifelong friends in the process.

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The shock of river water when you first step into wet wade on a hot August day, setting your hook into a gorgeous rainbow in a gorgeous place, all alongside people who are supportive and knowledgeable- that’s the good stuff. FTGF is here to build a community of individuals who love to be outside with a rod in hand and who want to break down the taboos men face in the mental health world. In The Eddy, we’ve compiled all sorts of resources for anglers and those navigating the mental health world. Oh, and did we mention, it’s completely free.

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