Redding, CA program -- Eleven Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing participants accompanied by five Shasta Trinity Fly Fishers volunteers took advantage of a gorgeous, sunny, 73 degree late winter day on February 13, to fish the private ponds at Eagle Canyon.
Access to the ponds was generously donated by Andrew and Katie Harris of Confluence Outfitters. All of the participants had multiple hookups, although with the big fish, the hook ups outnumbered fish landed. Most fish brought to net averaged 5-6 lbs. The big fish of the day was approximately 10-12 lbs. and was caught on a black wooly bugger. The fly of the day seemed to be rubber legs but fish were caught on everything from San Juan Worms, PT's, Midges and yes, a Crazy Charlie bone fish fly.
Most of the PHWFF participants had not fly fished prior to participating in PHWFF. Fishing with a fly rod is not only a new experience but catching fish of this size was certainly memorable. We heard positive comments throughout the day and after the fishout as well. There was a lot of whooping and hollering throughout the day as fish were brought to net. We should have some terrific hero shots of the fish of a lifetime soon. The event was covered by CBS TV station KHSL, Chico and was shown on the news that evening. It was also covered by Western Outdoor News and will be in their next edition.
We were delighted to see the participants get closer as a group and to have them experience the joy and excitement that fly fishing brings to all who enjoy the sport. It is definitely helping the healing and recovery process. The PHWFF program is only a small way STFF members can give back and thank those who have given so much for this country.
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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