We started arriving, in the rain, at Harman’s Cabins in West Virginia around noon on Friday, December 5. By the end of the evening, all the participants and volunteers had begun to settle in for the great weekend ahead. With 100% chance of rain again on Saturday, it appeared we would have a repeat of last year’s Fly Fest when the river was blown out. However, this time, the rain wasn’t as heavy and the river was fishable. Also for the first time ever, Project Healing Waters owned all the cabins at Harman’s.
Nashville, TN (November 11, 2014) – On behalf of its Nashville Retail Store, The Orvis Company, Inc.has made a $2,500 grant to the Middle Tennessee Fly Fishers to support their work with Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing. Project Healing Waters is dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled active military service personnel and veterans through fly-fishing outings.
The day was sunny, windy, and cool when two PHWFF participants, accompanied by two volunteer guides, arrived at Green Hill Park in Salem, VA for a day of angling on the Roanoke River. The river, and fishing, was fantastic.
A fly tying session was held by the Project Healing Waters Salem VAMC program on December 2, 2014 at the DAV Community Center in Salem, Virginia. Thanks to the generosity of two anonymous donors at the DAV, the meeting hall cost was covered for the session, in-addition to affording the Salem VAMC program use of the space for the entire year. This event was the first combined fly tying event with Trout Unlimited, Disabled American Veterans, and the Salem VAMC Project Healing Waters program.
In advance of Veterans Day, the Judge Morris Estate at White Clay Creek State Park in Newark, Delaware held a Veterans Apple Pie Social on November 9, 2014. The event featured music, poetry, presentations, socializing, and of course: Apple Pie and Coffee. George Pearson of Project Healing Waters Delaware was in attendance, sharing the PHWFF mission and cause throughout the day. Mr. Pearson is the program lead for PHWFF Delaware and Deputy Regional Coordinator for the National Capital Region. During his time at the event George shared not only the work that we do, but also demonstrated both fly tying and fly casting to those in attendance.
Randi Pierce's recent article in The Pagosa Sun recounted a trip taken by eight veterans of the PHWFF Colorado Springs program to Pagosa Springs for a few days of relaxation and fly fishing. The outing took place June 36-29, 2014 at a private ranch owned by Mirrel Kephart.
“I can still hear their morning laughter echoing off the cliffs as they were catching numerous trout in the pond (some having started at 5:15am!). Needless to say, when one of the men caught one of the hard-to-catch donated palomino rainbow trout, it was icing on the cake! But more importantly than the basic perspective of catching a trout, this event was soulfully successful.”
The Fayetteville, NC program of Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing will conduct its second Annual Marabou Madness Fly Tying Event on February 21st, 2015 from 9:00am until 6:00pm at the Pechmann Fishing Education Center in Fayetteville, North Carolina
Each year, the city of Jacksonville North Carolina seeks nominations from local veterans groups to recognize the area’s “outstanding veteran of the year.” Those nominated, and selected, receive a Veteran of the Year certificate and an “outstanding citizen” pin from the Jacksonville city council.
Bass, Catfish, Black Drum, Speckled Trout, and sting rays were among the variety of fish caught by four veterans from the Jefferson Barracks Medical Hospital during a 5 day trip to Louisiana. The group was generously invited, and hosted, by the Louisiana Sportsmen Magazine for this unique deep south fishing trip. Fishing in both fresh and salt water, the PHWFF participants took in the astounding scenery and local wildlife while angling and returned each day to a comfortable camp in the heart of Louisiana.
On October 29, 2014 a joint outing between the Bay Pines Veterans Administation Health Care System and the Sundcoast Fly Fishers brought PHWFF veterans to Ft. DeSoto, a Pinellas FL County Park for a restorative day on the water.
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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