Casting for Hope seeks volunteers

The nonprofit Casting for Hope is hosting the seventh annual Gold-Level Casting for Hope Fly-Fishing Competition April 13-15 in Spruce Pine and Bakersville.

While spaces for competitors at the event have been filled, Casting for Hope is always in need of volunteers. Event co-directors John Zimmerman and Taylor Sharp note there is a need for 250 volunteer time slots to be filled across the weekend – the primary positions are “stream monitors.” The responsibility of a stream monitor is following competitors to the streams and measure and recording the fish they catch for overall scoring.

To sign up as a Casting for Hope volunteer, visit

All volunteers will be provided meals during the session they work and an official competition T-shirt. Zimmerman and Sharp have worked with area lodging for discounted rates. These will be listed on the Casting for Hope website later in March.

Casting for Hope serves women and families after a diagnosis of ovarian or other gynecological cancer in the 18 western-most counties in North Carolina. Casting for Hope’s dual service wings provide retreat opportunities for women and caregivers, during which time participants learn to fly fish and find respite beside and in the flowing waters of North Carolina trout streams and financial assistance to women and families who are experiencing financial hardships due to the associated financial stressors of fighting ovarian or other gynecological cancers. All funds raised across Casting for Hope’s arc of events go directly to these two service wings.

Casting for Hope is launching a new initiative this year – the #CFHPledgeChallenge. Casting for Hope challenges everyone to head over to the new Tournament Series page at and check out the tournament page for the seventh annual Casting for Hope Presented by Master Nymph and make even a 1 cent pledge per fish caught at the April tournament. All information can be found at

Email Zimmerman at or call 828-443-4850 for more information about Casting for Hope’s Gold-Level Fly Fishing Competition.

The MItchell News

Mailing Address: PO Box 339 
Spruce Pine, NC 28777 
Phone: 828-765-7169
Fax: 828-765-1616