Couples Fishing Retreat

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Hancock, New York
Entry Form Open from February 24, 2023 to March 3, 2023

Health Guidelines: TAPS will make every effort to ensure safe and healthy gatherings. We will continue to monitor COVID variants and may require testing onsite and/or other protocols based on local regulations and CDC guidance. At this time, we do not require proof of full vaccination and masks are optional. Should we have to make any changes you will be notified right away.


All adult surviving couples, grieving the loss of a loved one who served in the U.S. Armed Forces are warmly invited to join the Couples Fishing Retreat on the Upper Delaware, with preference given to New York families.

 

TAPS Survivors Fly Fishing

Brown TroutPhoto: FUDR

 

OVERVIEW

In partnership with the National Park Trust and Trout Unlimited, TAPS has prepared for you a healing journey for the mind, body, and soul. Join with fellow surviving parents in this immerse experience in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. We will form unique bonds stemming from our shared experiences of loss and grief as we connect with the land and waters, through the power of fly fishing.

Qualified guides at Friends of the Upper Delaware (FUDR) and Trout Unlimited Northeast (TU) will provide their expertise in fly fishing education and support our physical safety in a variety of outdoor spaces. Visit the Friends of the Upper Delaware or Trout Unlimited Northeast for more information.

 

SCHEDULE

June 4:  On this travel day, you will arrive at the West Branch Angler Resort, get settled into your room, then meet your hosts and connect with other couples on the Retreat over dinner at the River Run Restaurant on the campus of the Resort.

June 5 & 6:  After breakfast, participants will receive their complimentary fishing gear then meet their fishing instructors at the pond on the West Branch Angler Resort campus to practice fly casting.  After a box lunch by the river, instructors will guide couples, wading in the home waters of the resort.  Early June is “premier hatch season” when mayflies flutter up from the surface of the river.  With luck, there may be rising trout to stalk. Then, after the day’s instruction and wade fishing everyone gathers for dinner at River Run Restaurant.

June 7: A free day for rest and your choice of activities in the beautiful western Catskills.  

June 8 & 9: Experienced fly-fishing guides take each couple on day-long float trips, where you will fish and take in the incredible wildlife like many waterfowl, deer mink and more, along with hopeful catches of the famous Delaware River brown and rainbow trout.  A box lunch is provided on the river, with dinner and stories of the day’s adventures will be shared back at the River Run Restaurant each night.

June 10: After breakfast, participants will share “see you laters” and travel home.

 

ADVENTURE LEVEL

This retreat is rated as a medium-intensity adventure. We'll be active and everyone will have an opportunity to challenge themselves. Activities will involve light physical exertion. Much of our time will be spent outdoors fly fishing and enjoying the incredible scenery of the incredible Catskills in New York.

 

EVENT FEES

All trip fees from Sunday evening through Saturday afternoon are covered by TAPS thanks to our generous donors. 

Trip fees not noted above are your pre/post retreat transportation costs, meals outside of events, guide gratuities and gear not provided.

 

LODGING AND TRANSPORTATION

Thanks to the generosity of TAPS partners, all lodging at West Branch Angler Resort is provided for all attendees from the evening of Sunday, June 4 through the morning of Saturday, June 10, 2023.

Participants will cover the cost of transportation to and from West Branch Angler Resort in Hancock, New York, as well as lodging outside of the dates which TAPS provides. The closest airport is the Ithica Tompkins International Airport in Ithica, New York.

If your application is approved, we will ask you to officially register for this event.  Only after you have completed your registration and receive the welcome email should you make your travel plans.  Please do not make travel arrangements until your participation is confirmed.

 

ENTRY FORM DETAILS

Entry forms will be open from February 24 to March 3, 2023 (look for the blue button at the top of this page at that time). TAPS will review applications, giving first consideration for those who have never attended this or any other TAPS retreat, in order that the greatest number of survivors can have an opportunity to attend. Thank you for your understanding.

 

Retreat Facilitators

This retreat is hosted in partnership with the Friends of the Upper Delaware (FUDR) and Trout Unlimited (TU) and will be led and facilitated by professional guides and instructors provided by these organizations.


If you have any questions, please email expeditions@taps.org or call 800-959-TAPS (8277).

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