Ed Nicholson Selected as a 2013 Purpose Prize Winner. The Purpose Prize has become a "MacArthur genius award for people who develop a second career as social service entrepreneurs." - The New York Times.
This year's Battle at Boxwood to support PHWFF played out in fine form thanks to cooperative weather and a great cast of warriors, volunteers, sports celebrities, guides and sponsors. Boxwood Gulch Ranch near Shawnee, CO was once again the site for the August 17, 2013 event and its famous trout fishing created countless epic battles for the participants and spectators alike. As always, 10 five-man teams competed to see who would take home the coveted winner's plaques and bragging rights.
Eight disabled veterans and ten volunteers celebrated the arrival of fall trout fishing by enjoying time on the stream in “infantry weather.”
September 8th and 9th 2013 - We arrived at our new lodging for 2013, the new, superb and very hip, Montauk Beach House, and were met by East Hampton Star journalist, Russell Drumm. “Stow your gear and head to The Point as fast as you can”, he exclaimed. Meeting him there we watched as the Coast Guard, steel hulled sailing ship, “Eagle”, bisected the sea between the Montauk Light and Block Island, clearly visible in the bright September sunshine. Russell described how, at the end of WWII, this ship was stranded with its starving and dehydrated crew aboard in the German port at Bremerhaven. America confiscated this ship from the Nazis and, as Americans do, fed the suffering crew who took a week or so to recover. Under US command but with the German crew and their Captain aboard, the renamed Eagle sailed for the US only to be caught up in a storm that threated to swamp her. Knowing his ship, the German Captain was granted permission to direct his crew and artfully saved the ship. He and his crew were returned to Germany following arrival on our shores and the Coast Guard, to this day, employs Eagle as a training vessel.
On August 28, 2013, the employees of the Homestead, PA-based Hook & Hackle Company were presented the Patriot Award by Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing Founder and President Ed Nicholson. The presentation was made at the H.J. Hintz Health Care Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA during one of the regular Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing (PHWFF) classes. Ron Weiss, owner of Hook & Hackle, accepted the award on behalf of his staff, surrounded by disabled vets, staff, family and friends.
Fly Fishing and Golf have some remarkable parallels. They are both stroke sports utilizing ever-evolving, advanced technology golf clubs and fly rods, both frequently involving graphite shafts. They are performed out of doors, most enjoyably in the companionship of a cadre of close, like-minded friends. And, as evidenced by comments from the golfers at the Connecticut Golf Club IAGT fund-raising event for PHWFF on Monday, August 19th, 2013 and many of our angling companions, we all love our sport but don't practice or participate frequently enough.
Two participants share their experiences with the Big Blackfoot River and the warm welcome from residents of Montana.
On July 22nd, 6 veterans and 2 volunteers from Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing Denver traveled to Falcon's Ledge Lodge, Altamont, Utah for two days of good fishing, fellowship, and food. The six veterans included four from the Denver Organization and two from Colorado Springs.
The Caney Fork River is set in the small, secluded town of Lancaster, Tennessee. The Caney Fork River is the tail waters of the Center Hill Lake which runs 143 miles and is known for the best brown trout in the Middle TN area. Of course, rainbow and brook trout are common as well.
In celebration of Independence Day, our friends at The Fiberglass Manifesto (TFM) and Pat Cohen are holding a silent auction to benefit Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing.
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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