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July 24, 2009
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With a rod and a reel, cancer takes back seat

It's not about the cancer, it's about the fishing.

For nine men in various stages of cancer treatment and recovery, a few days angling at the Pleasant Valley Fly-Fishing Preserve offers a welcome respite.

The Reel Recovery participants arrived Tuesday as strangers for the most part, and left Thursday as friends.

"This is one enthusiastic bunch of guys," said Jim Norton of Gardnerville, a staff member for Reel Recovery, a national organization that hosts similar events across the United States.

The men - who came from California and Nevada to the free retreat - fish and talk.

"We call them …

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The Record Courier Updated Jul 24, 2009 04:57PM Published Jul 24, 2009 04:54PM Copyright 2009 The Record Courier. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.