Five soldiers from the PHWFF Fort Hood program enjoyed a couple of days fly fishing on the trout stream of Texas: the Guadalupe River. MSG Mike Barker, CW3 , SGT Keith Boettcher, SSG David Molino (ret), and SSG Eric Madden (ret) traveled to Sattler, Tx to enjoy the early spring weather and the beautiful “Guad”.
Project Healing Water Fly Fishing participants and volunteers floated the Trinity River on March 20th with nine guides coordinated through Mike Caranci of the Fly Shop in Redding. This was the second year the guides generously donated their time and talents to help our program participants enjoy a day of fishing the Trinity. Indian Creek Lodge provided overnight accommodations. A dinner of tri tip-sliders, chicken wings and fixings, sponsored by our Redding PHWFF program, concluded a fun day for participants and guides.
PHWFF Fort Hood program held a booth at the “Hood Howdy Day” event. This event features 150 plus booths, all having to do with soldiers and military families. Our booth was set up in a special section for groups new to the event and we did draw a crowd. As we do these events on base, our program becomes more known and available to reach out to more soldiers. This helps all PHWFF programs due to the rotation and travel of military life; soldiers come from all over and move frequently during their time in service. A very good day and very positive for PHWFF programs everywhere.
Fort Hood PHW Coordinator
Gibsonia, PA--Another awesome evening was had by all at the 2nd Annual Fly-Tying Demo on Feb 17th! We had a few great tyers kicking out some productive patterns and enough raffle items/door prizes to keep the fun going all night.
The Quantico and Fort Belvoir Programs hosted their 3rd annual Flyfest at Harman’s Cabins in West Virginia on December 6-8. This was our biggest trip yet with 67 attending. Among those were Gary Cameron, a photographer with Reuters News Service; professional guides John Gay and Brian Loratto; William Heresniak, Century Club Member and professional guide; Duber Winters, manager of the Orvis Woodbridge Store; Luke Izza, owner of Tightline Productions (www.tightlinevideo.com); and outdoor writer Beau Beasley.
Bob White Program Lead
Our Final fishing outing for the Huntington, VAMC program for 2013 was a very nice event, both from the stand point of the veterans having a great time, as well as meeting Janet and Mark Mitchell at their home on Knapp's creek, in Pocahontas County of West Virginia. All of us involved, had just a wonderful time.
Since the Massanutten Chapter of Trout Unlimited partnered with the Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing Organization (PHWFF) in July of 2013, creating Virginia's Harrisonburg-Staunton program, our volunteers have made substantial progress in aiding the physical and emotional rehabilitation to the area’s disabled veterans.
On October 24, 2013 a saltwater fishing outing was hosted by Mid Coast Fly Fishers with 14 veterans. Guide flats boats were donated by local Captains and Hell’s Bay boat works. Volunteers assisted the Captains on each boat helping the vets.
The Pensacola, Florida PHWFF program experienced a very lucky Friday the 13th, when they were able to enjoy a rare day on the water.
The Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing class at Battle Creek's VA Medical Center recently went on their annual fall salmon trip.
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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