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Get Hooked on Fishing

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Not on Drugs. Let's support our at-risk youth today. 

Reeling for Recovery is a mission-based youth program and 501c3 operating in the Adirondacks and Capital Region of Upstate NY.

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Fishing Poles given to local children for their own personal enjoyment.

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Funding donated to local recovery centers in the Adirondacks.

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Local kids have been hosted at our annual events, absolutely free.

Reeling for Recovery
The Main Event

After losing a lifelong friend to a battle with addiction I created Reeling for Recovery. In conjunction with the CVFC, we have been able to carry out several outreach sessions with youth in the local community doing adventure-based learning. We are now expanding that vision and looking to bring on a more diverse lineup of outside events to keep kids looking for that next adventure. Reeling for Recovery is an outside winter event like no other in the North Country.


From ice-fishing, to kids' events, we offer a family fun-oriented day where anyone can find something to enjoy. We hope to see you there and if you know someone that is battling addiction get them help before it's too late.

6th Annual Reeling For Recovery Ice Fishing Contest

February 24th-25th, 2024



Join us for our next event!!

Striper Run

April 27th, 2024

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Summer Fishing Camp 2023

Paul Smiths, NY


Reeling for Recovery


Kids Camp

July 18th, 2024

(We hope to have enough housing for 40-plus kids!)

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About Our Organization

Reeling for Recovery began as an Annual Ice-Fishing Event in Northern NY.  Founder Jeremiah Haley created the organization as a way to drive awareness of addiction and the negative impact that it leaves on our youth. Through working with local families and children, Jeremiah allowed these events to organically evolve into an all-inclusive, mission-based youth program promoting teamwork and positivity for kids. Reeling for Recovery is proud to have grown from One to Five events annually, offering fun for kids of all ages. Events take place all year long simply to ensure that no kid is left behind.


"You don't need to be athletic or fit a certain profile to fish. That's the beauty of the sport. Fishing doesn't discriminate."

-Jeremiah Haley, Founder, Reeling for Recovery

How Did It Start?

On April 10th, 2017 the world lost an amazing man to a battle I knew nothing about. Later that year on October 14th I learned we lost one of the best fisherman of the lake to the same invisible war. That winter I decided you are either part of the problem or part of the solution.


I founded Reeling for Recovery with the goal of helping youth that were struggling with addiction. Since then we have donated all the proceeds to help the Champlain Valley Family Center. For those of you who are not familiar with them, they are one of the largest recovery programs in the Adirondacks. They work with schools, youth, families and the community to provide education, support, with all levels of counseling around substance use prevention.


We provide direct services to at-risk youth in both student assistance counseling and during our summer program, both of which support our youth in making good decisions, reaching goals, and reinforcing academic success. Prevention services are key to building protective factors in youth to prevent substance use.

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“Awesome time for the kids AND for a great cause! 2021 was our third year participating in the Reeling for Recovery Ice Fishing Derby. Jerry Haley does a great job coordinating the contest and steering the focus towards involving the next generation of anglers. My kids and their friends all love the reception at the American Legion with food, raffles, and prizes! We look forward to it every year – it has become a tradition! We fish Chazy each year for the challenge of catching the biggest Lake Trout, but nothing beats pulling a toothy monster pike through the ice on Chateaugay. We always hook up some perch too. It doesn’t matter if you are a local or not – everyone is made to feel welcome and the friendly social atmosphere on and off the ice is what the North Country is known for.”

- The Ryan Family

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