Great friend of Project Healing Waters and former Regional Coordinator of the Virginias Region, Phil Johnson, recounts his time spent floating the New River with Wes Hodges and Billy Herrell.
The Salem VAMC program took their first daily outing to Brush Creek in Pilot, VA on October 20, 2014 for a full day of fly fishing and insect identification. Thanks to the generosity and support of Joe Eskew, a small stretch of private water was available for the participants to fish. Though this stretch of private water is relatively short, about 300 yards, the fishing did not disappoint.
This Veteran’s Day, the Portsmouth VA Project Healing Waters program has teamed up with our friends at Heroes on the Water to hold a 12 hour fly tying marathon to honor our veterans and active duty service members. You are invited to join us at 331 West 21st Street in Norfolk, VA from 8am to 8pm on Tuesday, November 11th, 2014. The flies tied during the course of the day will be used for local PHWFF and HOW programs with additional contributions going to support these two great local programs and the veterans they serve.
The K&K Flyfishers will host a raffle and BBQ to support the Project Healing Waters Kansas City, MI program on November 8th, 2014 from 10am to 3pm . Taking place in Overland Park, KS this great event will feature fly casting demonstrations, instruction, fly tying clinics and a BBQ. Prizes will be offered throughout the day including items generously donated from ARC, Redington, Rio, Echo, Airflo, Fishpond, Umpqua, St. Croix, Mike George, Waterworks Lamson, Korkers and Simms! You can find out more about this great event by visiting www.kkflyfisher.com or contacting them directly at (913)341-8118.
The Project Healing Waters Long Beach program were guests of Jess Ranch Lakes and Hi-Desert Fly Fishers on Saturday, October 18, 2014. The fishing was terrific, as was the food and weather.
For the past six years, the Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing Virginia Region, in combination with Dominion Power, has organized a trip to the Dominion Power Station in Bath County, VA on Back Creek. The trip, as in years past, was financed by The Guilford Foundation, a major supporter of PHWFF. This is a two day trout fishing event took place October 7-9, 2014, at which 11 PHWFF participants were fully outfitted for a lifetime of fly fishing as well as providing a very successful 2 days of fishing with some participants catching over 30 rainbows and some rainbows of 20”!
The first-ever PHWFF North Texas all female fly fishing outing took place October 7-9, 2014 in Broken Bow, Oklahoma. Nine (9) female veterans representing 4 out of the 5 services attended this event accompanied by 9 members of the Texas Women’s Fly Fishers. During those 3 days, the participants spent almost 20 hours on the river chasing trout and 4 hours in the classroom learning to tie flies.
CINCINNATI, OH—To show appreciation for each other and the volunteers of Cincinnati PHWFF, the veterans decided to give back with a fish fry, and not just any ordinary fish fry. Text and photos by D. Brent Miller
The summer fishing for the PHWFF Waco, Texas VA program was very busy. They took 6 trips, on Fridays, that were scattered throughout the summer. PHWFF participants had the opportunity to cast for Bluegills, Redear perch, and largemouth bass all while learning the types of habitat, types of flies, and fish. Lots of fun was had
On November 8, 2014 Operation Encore will be holding their Album Release Concert at The Wigwam in Litchfield Park, Arizona. Operation Encore's debut compilation of original songs from military and veteran artists was recorded in Phoenix at Stem Recording. The show will feature artists and songs from their album and they will welcome a guest performance from local favorite: Dead Hot Workshop. In addition, volunteers and participants from Project Healing Waters programs in Arizona and the Southeast Region will be in attendance to enjoy the show, share the mission and impact of PHWFF, and support this fantastic effort and album.
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