We are proud to announce that Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing will have a booth at each of the locations of the 2015 Fly Fishing Show! The booths will be staffed by regional and local leadership, volunteers, and veterans participating in our programs. Attending this show provides us an opportunity to share our mission and the work we do across the country with the fly fishing community. It also provides the chance to network and recruit supporters for PHWFF at an entertaining and informative consumer show.
Larry Fivecoats served with the 173rd Airborne Brigade in Vietnam in 1966 and 1967. In that time, Larry was involved in over 150 firefights and witnessed very heavy casualties. When he returned from war, he found himself struggling with the lasting symptoms of PTSD and depression, and began to contemplate suicide. Then Larry was introduced to Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing.
This post was written by Matt Smythe (Fishingpoet.com) to commemorate the Project Healing Waters event held on the Salmon River (NY) earlier this November, by the Ft. Drum and Syracuse programs of Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Inc.
"I am honored to have again been a part of this event, and the fantastic work that PHWFF does for our veterans. Thank you to Dan Morgan, Ira Strouse, Fran Verdoliva from the NYSDEC, and all the guides and volunteers who made the weekend a success." - Matt Smythe
Douglas is a lifelong angler who spent his childhood fishing the Chesapeake Bay in Annapolis, Maryland. White Perch, Rockfish and Blues made up the bulk of his early catches from the small skiff that he piloted almost every day after school. As a teenager the family moved to the Tidewater Virginia area and the prey became speckled trout on the Ware River and bass and bluegill in the areas many farm ponds. It was the farm pond fishing that led Douglas to teach himself to fly fish with a twenty dollar Fenwick rod at age 15
On the weekend of November 22 & 23, the winners of the second annual PHWFF Fly Tying Contest were recognized at the International Fly Tying Symposium in Somerset, NJ. The largest gathering of fly tiers in the United States, the Symposium is a mecca for learning from the best. Tiers come from all over the world to attend and ply their craft including the USA, Canada, England and various European countries.
We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2nd Annual PHWFF Fly Tying Contest! The Fly Tying Contest is way for PHWFF program participants to showcase the skills, talents, and creativity garnered from program classes, meetings, and independent study in a casual, fun contest. Only individuals who meet the definition of a PHWFF participant were eligible to enter the contest.
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NORRIS—U.S. Army Sergeant First Class (SFC) Mark Johnson, of Johnson City, and his sponsor, Shannon O’Quinn of the Tennessee Valley Authority, teamed up on Saturday, October 18th to win the inaugural Smoky Mountain Grand Slam Challenge fly-fishing tournament co-hosted by TVA and the Knoxville chapter of Project Healing Waters Fly-fishing.
We are pleased to announce that preparations for The 7th Annual PHWFF Rod Building Contest are underway!
The purpose of this fly rod building contest is to give the participants of PHWFF the experience of building their own fly rods to further their physical and mental rehabilitation through the sport of fly fishing. It also gives them the possibility to win prizes for their rod building abilities to include the opportunity to further their rod building experience by attending a bamboo rod building school or attend a PHWFF National fly fishing trip.
Ed was reared in Northern Ohio in the small town of Wadsworth. As a youth, he developed a love of the outdoors and could be often be found wandering the local fields and woods with his dog and gun.
After graduating from the University of North Carolina in 1964, and receiving a commission as an Ensign in the United States Navy (R), he was off to sea on what he thought, at the time, was two years of obligated service. It didn’t take long for him to decide that life in the Navy was preferable to that of a high school band director and, in short order, he transitioned to the regular Navy, embarking on a career that he would follow for thirty years.
Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Inc. is dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled active military service personnel and disabled veterans through fly fishing and associated activities including education and outings.
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