Fishin’ for the Mission raises funds to help homeless community

Published: Jun. 9, 2022 at 5:04 PM CDT
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Between 7 and 8 a.m. on Thursday, June 9, 28 teams paired with fly fishing guides set off into the North Platte River. The teams were participants in a fly fishing competition and fundraiser hosted by the Wyoming Rescue Mission.

“World-class guides partnering with us and a bunch of people really to fish, not just for the enjoyment of fishing, but to raise funds to restore lives that are struggling with homelessness,” said WRM Executive Director Brad Hopkins.

The Rescue Mission spends over $3 million a year helping the people who come to them seeking help. The money raised from Fishin’ for the Mission will help fund meals, housing, and personalized case management for homeless people.

The competitors enjoy getting to participate in a friendly challenge while supporting a good cause. The North Platte River around Casper is renowned for its fishing.

“Of all causes, this is probably one of my favorites. It’s always been the Mission, for many years, probably for about 25 years now so we don’t stop giving to the Mission it’s the only way to keep it going... We need it right now it’s very important, and it looks like it’s gonna get more important as the years come on,” said fisherman Chaz Farnham.

The winning team, Blake Gamble and Jesse Morgan, led by Nick Cinquina from Wyoming Fly Fishing caught a 25-inch brown.

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