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2 Fly Tournament

2016 Tournament


The 10th Annual 2-Fly Tournament at beautiful Rose River Farms to support Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing will be held April 30 & May 1, 2016.  The fun kicks off with dinner under the stars Saturday night, featuring keynote speaker Tom Brokaw, a silent auction, and more. Sunday sees fly fishing tournament action -  where PHWFF participants from around the country compete, guided by industry professionals.. Read more

For a little more than a decade Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing (PHWFF) has focused on healing those who serve.  It is through the tremendous contributions of our volunteers and supporters nationwide that last year we served over 7400 deserving members of our armed services.   The 10th Annual 2-Fly Tournament will serve to raise funds to provide veterans with the support they need on their journeys to recovery as we move into our second decade of service

Click here to read about last year

  • $20,000 Presenting Sponsor 

  • Exclusive, only one available
  • Sponsorship at this level allows ten veterans to experience a premier fishing destination inside the U.S
  •  Two tables of ten guests* to dine with key note speaker and veterans 
  •  Company representative will be introduced to make opening remarks during program 
  •  Two minute ‘Spotlight’ recorded by and aired on Executive Leaders Radio
  •  Sponsor will be featured exclusively in 30 second online video promoting event
  •  Sponsor will be listed as ‘Presented by’ in conjunction with event in all promotion including print media, digital media and social media with verbal mention where applicable 
  •  Official Tournament apparel will include corporate logo (March 11th deadline for logo on apparel)
  •  Signage at event entrance will feature corporate logo exclusively 
  •  Full page color ad in 2-Fly Tournament Yearbook  

    $10,000 Gold Sponsor  

    Sponsorship at this level allows five veterans the opportunity to fish a national destination

  •  One table for ten guests * with option to dine with veterans
  •  Two minute ‘Spotlight’ recorded by and aired on Executive Leaders Radio
  •  Full page color ad in 2-Fly Tournament Yearbook Major listing in all promotion to include print, online, social media and event signage
  •  Logo featured on the PHWFF website 
  •  Verbal acknowledgement the evening of the event

    $5,000 Silver Sponsor

    Sponsorship at this level supports activities and day trips for one Program for a full year

  •  Dinner seating for six guests * 
  •  Prominent recognition in Tournament Yearbook 
  •  Prominent listing in all promotion to include print, online, social media and event signage 
  •  Logo featured on the PHWFF website 
  •  Verbal acknowledgement the evening of the event

    $2,500 Pro-Vet Team Sponsor

    Sponsorship covers tournament experience of one PHWFF veteran paired with a professional fishing guide

  •  Dinner seating for two guests * 
  •  Listing in Tournament Yearbook
  •  Display of logo and corporate information at the event
  • Logo featured on PHWFF website

    $1,000 Beat Sponsorship

    Sponsorship at this level sponsors one veteran in a national tournament fishing experience 

  •  Dinner seating for two guests * 
  •  Listing in Tournament yearbook 
  •  Corporate signage displayed prominently at the entrance to one beat
  •  Logo featured on PHWFF website

    $500 Individual Sponsorship

    Dinner seating for two guests * 

  •  Listing in Tournament yearbook

  •  *Please email guest list to NLT April 15, 2016


Bluegill Tournament

  • 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.  Bluegill tournament at the Rose River Farm pond.This will be a fun “pre-tournament” event on the Rose River Farm pond for PHWFF participants and anglers competing in Sunday's tournament.
  • 4:45 p.m. (approximately) -PHWFF program participants in this year’s 2-Fly will be escorted by the Patriot Guard Riders from Culpeper to the Rose River Farm on Saturday night.
  • 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. Dinner at Rose River Farm.

Open to all volunteers and participants in the 2-Fly -- RSVP is required via the Evite announcement sent to all registered volunteers, participants and guests.

Click here for more information about dinner and speakers.


  • 7:00 a.m. check in begins (coffee, doughnuts, and light snacks)
  • 7:15 - 7:30 rules briefing and beat assignments
  • 7:30 - 7:40 team photos
  • 7:45 National Anthem sung by Lisa Mei Crowley
  • 8:00 - 9:30 round one fishing for 15 teams (teams time slots will be picked at random)
  • 10:00 - 11:30 round one for the 15 other teams
  • 11:00 - 12:30 Lunch and a special musical performance by Brock Lawley and Lisa Mei Crowley
  • 12:00 - 1:30 round two for the first 15 teams
  • 12:30 - 1:15 Fly Fishing Clinic
  • 2:00 - 3:30 round two for the other teams
  • 2:30 - 3:15 Fly Fishing Clinic
  • 3:30 - 4:00 score tally relax time and other activities
  • 4:00 Awards Ceremony

       All Day

  • Clinics with Fly Fishing Experts Check for posted times
  • Rod Demo
  • Bass and Bluegill fishing in the 2 ponds (fly only)
  • Free streamside broadband courtesy of Virginia Broadband.

Click on the Special Guests section below for more information on the expert clinics and other day-long features at this year’s 2-Fly.


Here is a list of lodging choices in the Syria, Culpeper, Ruckersville and Warrenton area where 2-Fly participants are staying.

Comfort Inn Culpeper - 540-825-

Directions to Rose River Farm3099 Old Blue RidgeTurnpike (rt.670)Syria, Virginia 22743

From Washington D.C. - Take Interstate 66 West to Route 29 South at Gainesville. Stay on Route 29 South until 7 miles south of Culpeper. Take Right on to Route 609. Stay on Route 609 for 9 miles to a stop sign. Take Right on Route 231 North. Travel 1/2 mile. Take Left on Route 670. Travel 3 miles, Rose River Farm is on the left. (2 hour drive)

From Front Royal, VA - Take Route 522 South through Flint Hill. At Stop sign, take Right on Route 522/211 to Sperryville. At Sperryville, Take Left into town of Sperryville. At Flashing Red Light take Left on Route 522. Drive 1.5 miles Take Right on Route 231 South. Drive 14 miles, Take Right on Route 670. Travel 3 miles, Rose River Farm is on the left. (1 hour drive)

From Fredericksburg, VA - Take Route 3 West to Culpeper. Take Route 29 South. Stay on Route 29 South until 7 miles south of Culpeper. Take Right on to Route 609. Stay on Route 609 for 9 miles to a stop sign. Take Right on Route 231 North. Travel 1/2 mile. Take Left on Route 670. Travel 3 miles, Rose River Farm is on the left. (1 hour drive)

From Richmond, VA - (4 lane traffic to Madison) Take Interstate 64 West to Charlottesville. Take exit 118 to Culpeper, Route 250 Bypass. Follow Route 250 to Route 29 North (Follow signs to Culpeper) Stay on Route 29 North for approx. 26 miles to Madison. Take Left on 29 Business North. Go one mile, take Left on Route 231 North. Stay on Route 231 North for 8 miles. Take Left on Route 670. Travel 3 miles, Rose River Farm is on the left. (2 hour 15 minute drive)

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The 2-Fly Tournament will field up to twenty four teams; twelve Pro/Vet teams will comprise two veterans with a professional fly-fishing guide. Only the veterans will be able to fish. The professional guides cannot fish but should concentrate on assisting the veteran team members. The remaining twelve teams will be made up of two amateur fly anglers.


  • A. Contestants will furnish their own fly fishing equipment.
  • B. The type of rod and fly reel is the choice of the individual contestant.
  • C. The use of fly floatant, lead weight, leaders, or other accessories will be at the discretion of the contestant. Only floating fly lines are permitted.
  • D. No real or artificial fish attractants, such as scents, are allowed.
  • E. Traditional strike indicators are allowed.

Event Flies

  • A. Only two flies of any conventional pattern (dry, wet, nymph, streamer, etc.) will be allowed per contestant through the duration of the 2-Fly Event. A total of four flies will be allowed per team. If a contestant loses both flies during the event or the fly angler is finished for the day unless the other team member donates a fly. The same is true for a team that loses all four flies.
  • B. The rule committee considers that it would be impossible for a veteran (a veteran fishing on a Pro/Vet team!) to lose a fly.
  • C. Flies must be tied on a single barbless hook, or on a hook with the barb pushed down.

Fishing Procedure

  • A. Federal and state rules and regulations governing the waters to be fished will be strictly observed.
  • B. The river will be divided into twelve fishable beats.
  • C.All teams will fish two beats, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Each beat will consist of one and a half hour increments, unless the lose all their allowed flies. Teams will be assigned via a drawing their fishing beat for the morning session and during the lunch break will be assigned a new fishing beat for the afternoon fishing session.
  • D. Both team members can fish at any one time but teams are strongly encouraged to consider only allowing one team member to fish, depending on the size of the fishing beat.
  • E. Each fishable beat will be assigned Steam Monitors who will confirm and validate each caught trout on a scoring sheet. Stream Monitors may assist the veteran teams on an as needed basis.
  • F. All trout species will be counted in the scoring. No "Fall" Fish will be counted. For a trout to be counted as "caught" the Stream Monitor needs to see the trout being landed and released with as little impact to the fish as possible.
  • G. Each team may only have three caught trout measured by the Stream Monitor during the tournament.
  • H. Fishing hours on the Rose River will be from 8:00 AM until 4:30 PM.
  • I. If a contestant's fly becomes caught in brush or in a snag, it may be recovered and reattached to the leader. The contestant may continue fishing in the event. The contestant can be disqualified by the Stream Monitor for any unsafe practice used to retrieve a fly.
  • J. Daily scoring ends for the contestant when his two flies become irretrievably lost. The contestant whose fishing has ended may continue to support his team member through advice and other encouragement.


  • A. To be counted in the score, the release of a caught trout must be witnessed by the Stream Monitor. Each of these trout will have a value of two points.
  • B. Each team will be allowed to select three (3) trout to measure during the day. All trout not selected for measurement will be released immediately, preferably without removing them from the water.
  • C. Measurement of trout shall be done by the Stream Monitor while the trout is in the water whenever possible. The Stream Monitor will measure the trout with the tournament ruler. Any trout which measures ½ inch or greater is rounded to the next full inch by the scoring committee. For example, a measurement of 21 ½ inches equals 22 inches for scoring purposes. The stream monitor will measure and record the exact fractional inch and allow the scoring committee to tabulate the final value. Fish are measured from the tip of the nose to the tip of the relaxed tail. The tail is not to be pinched.


  • A. A $1 penalty will be assessed for any fish killed or ruled by the Stream Monitor to be unable to survive. The fish will not be counted as a caught fish.
  • B. Any contestant that hooks his teammate, a competing team member or a stream monitor will be assessed a $10 penalty.
  • C. Any contestant that foul hooks a trout (on a location other than the trout’s mouth) by snagging or other hook set will be assessed a $1 penalty.
  • D. All penalties will be collected at the end of the fishing day and donated to Project Healing Waters as a contribution from that angler.
  • E. The Stream Monitor is responsible for monitoring teams for any rules violation or un sportsmanlike conduct and will notify the Rules Committee of any such occurrence. The Committee will rule on the violation within one hour after receiving it. Penalties will vary with the violation, from sanctions, to nullifying daily scores, to disqualification from the event. Violations will be considered only from the Stream Monitor who is responsible for the assigned fishing beats where the rules violation or behavior was observed.
These rules are subject to change and modification as directed by the 2-Fly Committee.
The 10th Annual 2-fly Tournament will be a special celebration of our past decade of service and an opportunity to further forge our mark on the decades to come; providing our unique form of therapy to the countless deserving men and women who have served, and sacrificed for our nation As such, the 10th Annual 2-Fly Tournament Participants will be PHWFF 2-Fly Alumni from the past decade who have been immersed and strengthened by our healing waters.
The 10th Annual 2-fly Tournament will be a special celebration of our past decade of service and an opportunity to further forge our mark on the decades to come; providing our unique form of therapy to the countless deserving men and women who have served, and sacrificed for our nation As such, the 10th Annual 2-Fly Tournament Participants will be PHWFF 2-Fly Alumni from the past decade who have been immersed and strengthened by our healing waters.

SGT (ret.) J.R Salzman

US Army National Guard | Iraq

1st Annual 2-fly Tournament Alumni


J.R. Salzman was a member of the Minnesota Army National Guard and was deployed to Iraq in 2006. SGT Salzman was leading a fuel convoy through Baghdad on December 19, 2006 when his humvee was struck by an EFP. He lost his right arm below the elbow, suffered severe shrapnel damage to his left hand, and sustained a traumatic brain injury.  SGT Salzman spent the better part of 2007 recovering at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. During his recovery he became active with Project Healing Waters and relearned how to fly fish and tie flies with a prosthetic arm. SGT Salzman credits Project Healing Waters with helping him throughout his recovery.


After retiring from the military he returned to Wisconsin where he earned a bachelor’s degree in technology education. He returned to competing in professional lumberjack sports, earning his tenth log rolling world title despite the loss of one arm. He currently runs his own small business reclaiming fallen urban trees and manufacturing them into slabs, lumber, and furniture.


CPT Rob Burke

New York Army National Guard | Iraq/Afghanistan

2nd Annual 2-fly Tournament Alumni


CPT Rob Burke grew up in Rochester, New York and joined the Army after College in 2005. He commissioned as an Infantry Officer and after completing Ranger school was assigned Fort Drum, NY. Rob deployed to Iraq in 2007 as a Platoon Leader with Charlie Company, 1-87INF, 10th Mountain. His Unit was stationed at an outlying Patrol Base in Northern Iraq. On the 2nd of February 2008, while conducting a night raid, Rob suffered multiple gunshot wounds to his leg, torso, and shoulder. Rob spent 11 months between Walter Reed Army Medical Center and the West Point Warrior Transition Unit undergoing intensive physical therapy where he was able to recover well enough to return to his unit and complete a deployment to Northern Afghanistan from 2010-2011. Rob left the active Army in 2011 and joined the New York National Guard, currently assigned as a training Officer at the 106th RTI, Officer Candidate School, Camp Smith NY. Rob was the founding volunteer with the Fort Drum PHWFF Chapter and served as the a Program Leader from 2009-2011. Rob is currently a member/ veterans ambassador for the as the Syracuse PHWFF Chapter. Rob's military awards include the Combat Infantryman Badge, Bronze Star Medal (2), the Purple Heart, Ranger Tab and numerous others.   


TSGT (ret.) Shaun Meadows

US Air Force | Afghanistan

3rd Annual 2-fly Tournament Alumni


Shaun Meadows was raised in Athens Georgia. I am married to Nicole Meadows raised in Kansas City, Kansas. I have one son Trevor Meadows. I enlisted in the Air Force in May 2002 as a combat controller. Was stationed at Hurlburt Field FL and McChord AFB WA where I achieved the rank E-6.  I became a trans-femoral bilateral amputee while serving in southern Afghanistan on Jul 31 2008 due to a pressure plate IED. While doing rehab at WRAMC was introduced to fly fishing by Project healing waters and have been fly fishing ever since.


SGT (ret.) Keith Gilbert

US Army | Iraq

4th Annual 2-fly Tournament Alumni

I was born and raised in Gainesville, Georgia. I joined the Army in September 2006 as a Cavalry Scout. After completing Airborne School, I was stationed in the 1st Squadron, 40th Calvary Regiment, 4th Brigade, 25th Infantry Division at Fort Richardson, Alaska. I deployed to Iraq from September 2006 until November 2007. During this deployment we did reconnaissance patrols thru Baghdad. I was involved in many fire fights, IED's, and VBIED'S. I received multiple injuries, and my Squadron took many casualties. After returning to Alaska, I went to the 5th Squadron, 73rd Reconnaissance Company, 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. I deployed back to Iraq from November 2008 until November 2009.

 After returning from my second deployment I was tested for PTSD and TBI. After being tested I was sent to Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington, DC. I was a patient there from March until November 2010. While there I became very depressed and had given up on just about everything. I was going down the wrong road and became a lonely alcoholic. I stayed in my room and had no social life or friends.

I guess you could say that I stumbled upon Project Healing Waters. One day I was walking through Walter Reed Medical Center and saw some people out front casting fly rods. I stopped to watch and the next thing I know, they had a rod in my hand and was showing me how to cast. After just one day casting, I was hooked! It was the people as much as the fishing that I liked. The volunteers were never pushy and I could tell that they really cared about us and about fly fishing. I finally had something to look forwards to each week, and something to think about besides all the bad thoughts brought on by my PTSD.

 The casting practice and the fly tying helped me with my TBI by challenging me to use my hands and improving my damaged motor skills. I started going on local fishing trips and that got me to go back out in public and to step out of my comfort zone. The camaraderie with the volunteers and other soldiers in the program was something that I needed, but something that the hospital couldn't prescribe. Project Healing Waters took me from being someone who would not go anywhere during the day, to spending ten days in Kodiak, Alaska.

 I then spent two years at Ft. Gordon in Augusta, Georgia waiting for my Medical Retirement. From there I spent four months in the Augusta VA's Polytrama Unit. I had not been fishing during this time and I was on seventeen prescriptions. Once I returned home, I couldn't wait to get back to fishing. I contacted my closest Project Healing Water volunteer and we have been fishing ever since. Since I have started back fishing, I currently take no medications. If I’m not fishing, I am tying flies. Fly fishing is my coping skill that I use to deal with life and my injuries.

 After experiencing what Project Healing Waters and fly fishing has done for me, all I want to do is give back. I am also guiding on local streams and rivers. I am part of The Goodwill Guides, which is a non profit organization that offers to take disabled veterans and teach them how to tournament fly fish and how to be a guide. So we are not only teaching them the joy and healing that fly fishing can bring, but also give them the knowledge and gear so they can continue to fish once there back at home. And I hope that they will have the burning desire that I have, to help get disabled veterans on the water with a fly rod in their hands!


Technical Sergeant (ret.) Chris Frost

US Air Force | Iraq

5th Annual 2-fly Tournament Alumni

Sergeant Frost grew up in Campbell, California and, after college at California State University Chico, joined the US Air Force in 1996. He was trained as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal specialist and had assignments in Utah, California, Maryland, Korea and England. Sergeant Frost deployed as the Team Leader for Weapons Intelligence Team One in 2007, his team had the responsibilities for sensitive site exploitation, post-blast investigation, forensic evidence collection and counter IED intelligence. On 18 May 2008, while on a combat mission, Sergeant Frost's vehicle was struck by a large deep-buried IED resulting in Sergeant Frost losing both legs below the knee, additionally here was one soldier killed and two others who required amputations. Sent to Walter Reed for medical care, he met his future wife, Catherine, an Army soldier who was battling the effects of pancreatic cancer.  He lives with his wife, who is now retired from the Army, in Fairfax, VA with their daughter, Chloe. Sergeant Frost retired from the Air Force in October 2012 and took a government job with a defense agency. He was selected as one of the Department of Defense Outstanding Employee with a Disability for 2014. His military awards include the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Force Combat Action Medal and numerous others. He is featured the book All the Ways We Kill and Die by Brian Castner a narrative non-fiction account of tracking down terrorist bomb makers.


SGT (ret.) Larry Fivecoats

US Army | Vietnam

6th Annual 2-fly Tournament Alumni


I joined the Army as Airborne Infantry fall of 1965, and upon completion of Army Airborne School I was assigned to the 173rd Airborne Brigade for a tour of duty in Viet Nam March 66-67 with the 1st Battalion 503 Infantry. My tour of Vietnam included operations Rolling Thunder, Aurora, Junction City, War Zone D, and Hobo Woods. Next duty assignment was to the 101st Airborne at Ft Campbell, KY.  In the fall of '67 the 101st deployed as a full unit to Viet Nam. I was asked to return with the unit to Viet Nam to help with training and guidance, but I declined.  I joined the 82nd Airborne at Ft Bragg NC in ’68. I then re-enlisted in December '69, joining the Special Forces school at Ft Bragg, NC.  In February of that year I was injured during a training jump and spent 6 months in and out but attached to Womack Army Hospital on base and released from duty and the Army in September '70.  

I had been involved with the PHWFF program in Denver, CO for over five years.  I learned to tie flies and build fly rods through their weekly meetings and have attended many of their fishing outings.  For the past three years I’ve led the fly tying class at the PTSD Clinic at the Denver VAMC. I was mentored by PHWFF volunteer Bob Province for several years before he passed away. This program means the world to me and has helped me out in so many ways! Watch: Breaking Through: The Story of Larry Fivecoats" >>


SSG (ret.) Rhonda Burleson

US Army | Afghanistan

7th Annual 2-fly Tournament Alumni


My family has been in Western North Carolina for many generations. I am Rhonda Christine Burleson, daughter of Carl Donald Burleson, General Manager Of Biltmore Estate, deceased, and Kay, homemaker. I joined the Army in 1983 as a Military Policeman & Corrections. Stationed in Kansas, Korea, and Kandahar. Also in Boone, North Carolina as a National Guard Recruiter. I have 2 AS degrees and a BS in Health and Wellness. Army Achievements - SWAT, developed 1st minimum security facility for female military offenders, NBC NCO, RRT, and Enemy Prisoner of War Guard, Kandahar 2002. Was activated Christmas Eve 2001. Living in hometown of Asheville, North Carolina since returning from war.


Capt (ret.) Kimberly Ramona Smith

USMC | Afghanistan

8th Annual 2-fly Tournament Alumni

Kim was born in Granada Hills, CA.  She was raised by a single Mother and her Grandparents. Since the age of 10, her dream was to follow in her Father’s footsteps and to become a U.S. Marine.  Her Father passed away when she was 10 and he had served in the Korean War, becoming a POW and earning a Purple Heart. 

Being the first to attend and graduate college in her family, while working a 40hr week job. Capt Kimberly Ramona Smith graduated from Texas A&M University in 2004 and commissioned in the United States Marine Corps as a 2nd Lieutenant.

Capt Smith has spent the last three years in recovery from combat related injuries.  During the early stages of her treatment God blessed her with Shian, her service dog.  Through the dedication and training of K-9 Navigators and its director Mr. Mike Sergeant, Shian was carefully trained to meet Kim’s specific needs. It was during this time that Kim found Project Healing Waters.  This program literally helped to save her life, and continues to impact her life daily.  Both Kim and Shian are members of Ft. Belvoir and Quantico Project Healing Waters Chapters.

Today Capt Smith continues her recovery with daily and weekly therapies focusing on her speech, physical limitations, occupational rehabilitation, psychological strengthening, and neurological repair and stimulation and other medical conditions.  Her current goals are to be a strong mother and to continue volunteering for Project Healing Waters.  Kim wants to help change and improve lives, inspire those who are struggling to find hope, and to help make a difference each day the way Project Healing Waters has done for her.  Capt Smith has found her motivation for healing through fly-fishing, fly tying, woodworking, volunteering, and most of all her spouse and son Jacob Wallace. 

Capt Smith retired from the Marine Corps 29 Nov 2015. Although retirement cut short her dream and continues to be a very difficult reality to embrace, Kim is moving forward with cautious hope that she will find a purpose as professionally and personally fulfilling as being a U.S. Marine.  In 2009, she was the first female to be deployed with an infantry Battalion.  May 2009- Jan 2010 1st Lt Smith was deployed to Helmand Provence Afghanistan.  Having been severely wounded in service, very few know the magical power of fly-fishing better than Kim.  She credits it with literally saving her life.  Kim is an active ambassador for Project Healing Waters, which is a corporate partner of Able Women and dedicated to helping wounded military veterans recover from physical and emotional scars of battle. Capt Smith is also an ambassador of Able Women a public outreach initiative designed to spread the word about fly-fishing and the many emotional, physical and spiritual benefits it brings to women.  Introducing the Able Women Initiative (VIDEO) >>

Deep appreciation goes out to all who give their time and resources to help wounded warriors like Kim.  These selfless individuals make an immeasurable difference in the lives of those in need and often make the most unbearable days far more manageable.  Without question the team at Project Healing Waters has contributed to Kim’s recovery and in a very profound way pushing her off a course of despair and filling her outlook with hope, purpose, and friendship.  She is focused on giving back even though she is still in recovery herself.   Project Healing Waters works because it believes in and empowers its Warriors and has a genuine appreciation for what they are going through. 

God Bless and Semper Fi

Captain Kimberly Smith USMC RET and Shian Service Dog USMC 

Watch: The Journey Home - Healing Waters (featuring Capt. Kim Smith) >>


CPT (ret.) Alvin Shell

US Army | Iraq

9th Annual 2-fly Tournament Alumni

Alvin Shell and his Wife Danielle are Fredericksburg Virginia residents and the parents of three sons.  Sean is a student at Cornell University, Alvin III is a senior in High school and plans to study Forensic Science at Delaware State University, and Jachin is a middle School student and a judo practitioner who has received medals in multiple competitions. Danielle is an accomplished Chef in Fredericksburg Virginia.  Alvin is a Physical Security Specialist for the Department of Homeland Security in Washington DC and enjoys volunteering his time with nonprofit organizations like the Army Wounded Warrior Program (AW2)   and Tempered Steel. Alvin was featured in the MacMillan River Adventures TV show last year and the Grateful Nation TV show ( ) in 2014.  Alvin has been featured in in two books ( & ) and multiple articles to include a front page article in the Fredericksburg Free Lance Star ( ) which told about President Obama lauding Alvin’s accomplishments in Iraq can be viewed here:

Alvin is a 100% disabled veteran that sustained multiple injuries in 2004 while rescuing a fellow soldier during an ambush in Iraq. Alvin began his Army career as an enlisted soldier then was later commissioned through Officer Candidate School to become an Airborne Officer in Ft Bragg NC. Alvin was medically retired at the rank of Captain. Despite his injuries Alvin finished a triathlon in 2012 in California, he ran the Army 10 miler in 2014, and completed another triathlon in Washington DC in 2015. As the son of a school teacher and a law enforcement officer, he learned the value of a strong work ethic at a very early age. Alvin attributes every accomplishment in his life to his faith, his parents Alvin and Mable Shell, and the values they instilled in him. He has always had a love for the outdoors but only fell in love with fly fishing three years ago during a trip to Idaho. Alvin later joined the Ft Belvoir program of Project Healing Waters which fostered a better understanding of the sport and the addiction was born.

SSG (ret.) George Draper

US Army

6th Annual 2-fly Tournament Alumni

 I was born in Maine and grew up in a little town called Greene. I served in the Army 1977-1984. I was stationed at Ft. Devens, MA with the 39th Combat Engineers, I went to Germany to the 317th Combat Eng. then Ft Campbell, KY to the 20th Combat Eng. I went through the 101st Airborne Air Assault School and then I took the Repel Master course. I had an accident when repelling from the helicopter which was the beginning of my spinal cord injuries. Went through a four lower back and one neck surgeries. Then I was involved in a vehicle accident in 2005 on my way to the VA for an appointment. Had three more major surgeries which left me very limited to what I could do for myself. I was in a dark place in my life and I needed something to make me feel useful and give me a purpose in life.

In March of 2007, I found out about PHWFF through my pain clinic group at my VA hospital. PHWFF has been a Godsend and has been the answer to my prayers. It takes my mind off my pain and gives me a place to be with other Veterans. I can't begin to describe the excitement of catching a fish. You forget about everything around you. Your brain gets a break from that constant pain. The more this happens the less the pain is eating at you. I'm so grateful that I can start giving back to an organization that has given so much to me and so many other Veterans. Veterans helping Veterans!  A new world opened for me. I went from never leaving the house or yard to being so busy can't find enough time to do everything I've learned. What a great thing to have and to share with others. I really enjoy helping anyone that want to learn tying a fly or building a fly rod. I'm now in a position where I can give back to the program. It feels great to be useful and productive. There isn't anything like this program out there that helps any disabled veterans. These fishing trip have been so rewarding for me. To say thank you doesn't seem to be enough for me. I'm forever so grateful for the eye opening experiences that PHWFF has given me. It has totally changed my life and continues to do so each new day. The healing power of a fish tugging your line. With the fellowship of other disabled Veterans. The lifelong friendships of the volunteers that keep the program going. All the magnificent places and wonderful views that are just amazing to see while fly fishing. George Draper Named Regional Coordinator for New England >>


SFC (ret.) Brian Mancini

US Army | Iraq

3rd Annual 2-fly Tournament Alumni


Brian Mancini; is a medically retired Sergeant First Class, Combat Wounded Veteran who served as a Combat Medic with two tours in Baghdad, Iraq.  He served over 12 years of Military Service in the United States Army.  He is the recipient of two Purple Hearts, the Combat Action Badge, Combat Medical Badge, Air Assault Badge and Flight Medic Badge.   He was medically retried in April of 2011 and returned to work in the community where he was born.   He is a proud Phoenix native and enjoys volunteering and advocating for healthier Veterans care options and transitional needs, he is also the founder of the Honor House. The Honor House’s mission is to provide a complete transitional package that utilizes resources from the community to meet therapeutic and transitional needs of our Veterans affected by combat. He currently is residing in Surprise, AZ and enjoys spending time with his family, friends and Fly Fishing.  Watch SFC Brian Mancini, U.S. Army, tell his story  >>

SSG (ret.) Robert Bartlett

US Army | Iraq

1st Annual 2-fly Tournament Alumni


Robert joined the Army from his home in Arizona at the age of thirty and added his name to a long list of ancestors who fought for this country, starting at Valley Forge, Civil War, to grandparents in WWII, and his father a Vietnam veteran.

Robert would serve his county as a Cavalry Scout Sniper with 3rd Infantry Division and would deploy to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The six month into deployment during a scouting mission, Robert’s Humvee would be hit by an IED. The shrapnel would penetrate his door next to his face and head, and a second device with ball bearings would pelt his body and those with him killing his truck commander. He would receive severe trauma to his face and hands. Due to his injuries he would die three times, 40+ procedures to rebuild him over a four year period at Walter Reed. During his service he would receive 10 awards to include Purple Heart, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, from the military, and many recognition awards and Honorable mentions from Brain Injury association, Patient of Courage award, Lockheed Martin, and the Soldier of the Quarter from American Legion to name just a few. During his time at Walter Reed he would work with Pentagon officials on various issues, from injured Military personnel obstacles, to problems in battle space operations.

 Robert Bartlett is now a public speaker and works for CACI while continuing to advocate for vets while contributing as a board member of 4 Non-profits for injured veterans and currently lives in Virginia. He continues to work alongside Project Healing Waters to recruit vets and share his experiences with those around him through speaking engagements in the media and everyday life.


CPT (ret.) Eivind O. Forseth

US Army | Iraq

1st Annual 2-fly Tournament Alumni

Captain Eivind O. Forseth, USA Retired, was born and raised in Billings, Montana. He is the son of Eivind B. and Judith Forseth of Livingston, Montana, and brother of Larissa Forseth of Albuquerque, New Mexico.

CPT Forseth is a 1992 Billings West High School graduate. After two semesters at Montana State University - Billings, he enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1993. After Basic Training and Airborne School, he served an extended European tour in Germany from 1994 to 1998, while assigned to the 1st Armored Division as a Bradley Fighting Vehicle Gunner and Squad Leader. This assignment included a 12-month tour in Bosnia-Herzegovina, in support of Operation Joint Endeavor from 1995 to 1996.

Upon separation from the Army in 1998 as a Sergeant, CPT Forseth earned a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California, Riverside, in 2002. In 2003, he reenlisted and was commissioned upon graduation from Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Georgia. He completed the Infantry Officer Basic Course and Ranger School and was assigned to D Company, 2/325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division as a Platoon Leader. The White Falcons deployed to Iraq in 2004 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. On 4 January 2005, in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, CPT Forseth and his gunner were severely wounded as a result of a blast from an Improvised Explosive Device. He was awarded the Purple Heart for his wounds sustained in combat.

CPT Forseth recovered at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC. He served as a project coordinator for Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing (PHWFF) from its inception in 2005 to his retirement from the Army in March of 2008. CPT Forseth’s father taught him to fly fish at the age of fourteen, but he did not take on the sport seriously until returning to college. Fishing and floating the Stillwater and Yellowstone Rivers in Montana with his family became his favorite pastime. CPT Forseth attributes PHWFF with helping him overcome his disability by learning to fly fish and tie flies adaptively. As he and his family will attest, PHWFF was instrumental to his emotional and physical recovery.

He currently resides in Ventura, California with his wife, Tara, and their daughter, Astrid Linnea. His son, Tristan Eivind, will graduate high school this year and plans to attend San Francisco State University in the fall. CPT Forseth continues to support Warfighters by serving as a Supervisory Test Management Specialist for the Department of the Navy at Point Mugu, California. Additionally, he volunteers as the lead for the Naval Air Warfare Center – Weapons Division Veterans’ Resource Group (NAWC-WD VRG).

Harold Harsh
I joined the Marine Corps before I was out of high school and served for 8 years with tours of duty to Beirut and Grenada. What these men and women have given to our country goes beyond anything I could ever possibly give back to them. When Captain Ed asked me to help him help them, what else could I say but yes! I have the greatest respect for my fellow warriors and will do anything in my power to help them.Semper Fidelis,Harold Harsh, Spring Creek Outfitters
Harold guides many Maryland Rivers-- one of his favorites is the North Branch of the Potomac

Kiki Galvin
I have considered it an honor and a privilege to be involved with the Project Healing Waters Program the past years.  To be able to share our passion with the brave men and women who have served this country to protect our freedom has changed my life!  The Program allows these men and women to experience something so simple and true that it gives them the ability to function with the new normal they live with everyday.  The casting motion is rhythmic and continuous, the flow of the water is hydrotherapeutic and can heal, give you hope, and make you just plain happy!!! Bringing one of the most beautiful creatures to the hand and then releasing it is the most satisfying thing to me and I know the vets would agree.  I look forward to the 9th Annual 2-Fly Contest and look forward to helping these true heroes shine once again on the banks of the Rose River!
Kiki Galvin was recognized as the 2012 National Capital Region Volunteer of the Year and served on the PHWFF Board of Trustees.

·      Wes Hodges
In 2002, I enlisted in the US Army and volunteered for the 82nd Airborne Division. For eight years, three of which were served overseas, I served with the finest military personnel imaginable. In the spring of 2010, I was medically discharged from the military due to injuries sustained while on active duty. Shortly thereafter, I found myself fishing the chalk streams of PA with Project Healing Waters. It was through PHWFF that I began to focus on my future rather than my past. This led me VA Tech where I studied smallmouth bass and muskie. In the fall of 2013, I graduated with a degree in International Relations and Spanish. Due to my passion for fly-fishing I started my own company, Bearded Lady Fly Fishing, immediately upon my departure from my studies. I could not have accomplished this new endeavor without the mentoring and support from PHWFF. This organization, its founder, and the volunteers will always be the example that I will strive to follow when providing my services to the community

Richard Farino
“The son of an enlisted Navy gunner’s mate, grew up and lived in The Bronx for 33 years before moving to Washington DC. An avid fly angler who spent time fishing and guiding the fresh and salt waters of the NYC metro area, Catskills, and Pocono Mountains. Worked for Urban Angler for 15 years and moved to Arlington, VA to run the second retail store, previously Angler’s Lie and meeting and working with John Colburn, the former VP and a founding member of Project Healing Waters. Richard was inspired by John's devotion to PHWFF, so dedicated in fact that John would take public transportation from Walter Reed all the way to Arlington for fly tying supplies. Richard is the founder of District Angling, the only fly fishing retail business and guiding service in Washington DC. Richard is proud to support PHWFF and looks forward to continuing to volunteer and give back to veterans

Dusty Wissmath

Dusty Wissmath grew up in Missouri, started fly fishing at age eight, and spent his formative years highly distracted by the sport. He began guiding and teaching fly-fishing in the early seventies while working on a degree in Wildlife Biology at the University of Wyoming. Living in Jackson, WY after graduate school he tied commercially for High Country Flies and guided on the Snake, Green and New Fork Rivers and in Yellowstone National Park. After working as a Biologist in Wyoming and East Africa, Dusty started his fly-fishing school and guide service in 1995. He also served as the lead instructor at the L.L. Bean Fly Fishing School in Virginia and still teaches at the Wulff School of Fly Fishing in New York. He is a Federation of Fly Fishers Certified Casting Instructor and is a member of the Board of Governors of the F.F.F. Guides Association. When he’s not teaching or guiding, Dusty gives casting demonstrations and workshops at sports shows from Montana to Virginia. His articles and photographs can be found in several outdoor magazines.Dusty is on the Pro Staff of the Scott Fly Rod Co., Hatch Reels, and Hyde Drift Boats.

Mike Hatfield
Over the years, I have been very fortunate with the opportunities that have come my way relating to fly fishing. These opportunities have led to priceless memories and new lifelong friendships. By far, the most rewarding opportunity has been my association with PHWFF. You have given me the opportunity to give something back to a group of men and women that deserve so much more than we can ever give them. Hopefully, as we all learn, laugh, and fish together, many new memories and friendships are made by these veterans and wounded warriors making their future a brighter and happier place.** Mike is a member of several industry Pro Staffs, a casting and fly fishing instructor, competition angler and a freelance outdoor writer with a passion for small streams and wild brook trout. He lives in Richmond, Virginia and has been instrumental in a major fundraising program for PHWFF at Military Commissaries through his company S&K Sales. You can reach Mike by e-mail at

John Gay
Project Healing Waters means that our soldiers have a way to heal that is unique, therapeutic, and a learning experience that can be built on. I am proud to volunteer for many reasons. We owe a great deal to the men and women who serve our country, and helping them transition and recover through fly-fishing is a way to give back. Seeing friends and making new ones, the buoyant spirit of everyone, the fish caught, the fish missed, and the bonding among the participants make PHWFF a truly special organization. Trout&About. John guides many Maryland streams such as the Gunpowder. He also takes clients to the famed Spruce Creek in Pennsylvania.

Michael Simon
"For the past fifty-five years, Michael Simon has pursued trout, photographed and painted trout and written about his love of trout.  Simon has cast his home-tied flies to rising trout from New Jersey to Montana and even Afghanistan.  As a Navy veteran of the Viet Nam era, Simon used his several leaves to fish for trout in Japan, Sri Lanka, Bosnia and Slovenia.  

Michael is looking forward to his first tour as a Project Healing Waters guide and will do all he can to share his passion and experience with a few brave Wounded Warriors."

William Heresniak
While driving along the highway by the entrance to the Rose River Farm this past January I spotted an enormous Bald Eagle. She was perched on one of the larger trees. It seemed as if even in the cold calm of winter, she was watching over that special place where the 2-Fly Tournament is held each year waiting for her sons and daughters to come fish.Each year at the 2-Fly has been special. It's a day I get to spend with the veterans, good friends and my daughter. One thing we need to remember not only during the tournament, but every day, is the soldiers that lost their lives defending our country.William Heresniak  Eastern Trophies guides most of the popular Rivers in Maryland and Virginia. They specialize in float trips for trout, smallmouth, and muskies.

Joel Thompson
This is my second year as a guide for the Project Healing Waters 2-Fly tournament and I could not be more excited to be part of this great event. I am a native Montanan and come from a long line of Military men in my family and am looking forward to giving back to those who have served. I am a Fishing Outfitter and own and operate a guide service in western Montana called Montana Troutaholic Outfitter’s
Teaching people how to fly fish and seeing the joys it brings to them when they are able to put it all together and catch that fish is one of the most enjoyable things in the world to me. I am truly honored to be a part of this great event!

James Aliff
I have worked in the fly fishing industry for 9 years and now manage the new Orvis store in Leesburg, VA. I have always been very fond of exposing others to fly fishing and teaching them the tricks of the trade. Thanks to both Jim Erickson and Douglas Dear I was given my first opportunity to participate as a stream monitor in a previous 2 fly tournament. At that tournament I met meet Chris Frost. I had a chance to spend some time on the water with Chris which was one of the most rewarding experiences I have had in fly fishing. I look forward spending more time with and providing more support to Project Healing Waters

Bryan Wilson
I have loved fishing for as long as I can remember, but my experiences with PHWFF have been among my fondest memories of time on the water. My respect for the courageous veterans and the efforts of PHWFF make it an honor to support this organization. When Ed called and asked me to help serve as a guide for the 2-fly tournament I jumped at the opportunity to share my love and passion with the bravest men and women I have ever had the privilege of meeting. I am looking forward to an amazing day of fishing filled with old friends and new faces on the water that I call home.Bryan Wilson. Bryan guides at the Rose River Farm and offers brook trout and smallmouth guided trips on the waters of Madison County, Virginia. He also runs the fly fishing program for the University of Virginia's Outdoor Recreation Program.

Rob Snowhite
My name is Rob Snowhite. I own and operate the Fly Fishing Consultant, in Alexandria, VA, focusing on fly fishing education and instruction in and around the Nation’s capital.I became involved with Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing after transitioning to fly fishing as a full-time career. Volunteering at Walter Reed and Bethesda Naval Hospital is my way of giving back to those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for their nation and our freedom. I've guided at the 2-Fly Tournament for the past years and I am deeply honored when Ed asks me to be a guide. Fly fishing is not a sport, but a way of life. It is a natural, therapeutic release from physical and mental trauma.I learned to fly fish in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains around Rose River Farm and consider the area my fly fishing home.Rob Snowhite (703) 401-6429

Phil Gay
In terms of a profile I was a Naval Officer for 30 years and commanded USS John F Kennedy (CV-67) during the first gulf war. I founded Trout & About in 1994 and have been guiding and taking people on trips since that time. Since I was a Naval Officer myself I feel a natural affinity toward the wounded and especially to PHWFF. Phil Gay.

Tom Brokaw will be delivering the keynote address at the 10th Annual 2-Fly Tournament on Saturday April 30, 2016 at Rose River Farm in Syria, Virginia.  Mr. Brokaw will address the pre-tournament dinner at 5pm on Saturday night under the stars in picturesque Madison County Read more

Lefty Kreh For more than 50 years as an outdoor writer and fly fishing instructor, Lefty Kreh has touched more lives and converted more people to fly fishing than anyone ever has or ever likely will. He has truly been a servant to the fly fishing community, having given selflessly with his teaching skills, innovations and humor, and adding immeasurably to the level of enjoyment and satisfaction that many of us have experienced from the sport of fly fishing. Read more

Joe Humphreys is a nationally known fly fisherman, conservationist, author, and educator.  He has been a fishing instructor to anyone who wants to learn the sport, including VIPs, for over 45 years.  Joe has traveled the world representing the U.S. in fly fishing competitions, has guided presidents & celebrities, held the Pennsylvania state record, hosted the first national fly fishing show on ESPN, and was inducted into the Fly Fishing Hall of Fame. Read more


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