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.
On October 25, 2014, The Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum hosted eight participants from the Syracuse, NY PHWFF program to tour the grounds, exhibits, and for an interactive tour of the bamboo rod making area with Mike Tamazon.
Girrard, Pennsylvania was host to over sixty people on November 8th for the 3rd Annual PHWFF Erie Steelhead Slam. Consisting of 24 participants and 36 volunteers the day began at first light as the veterans began plying the waters in search of steelhead. The day proved to be a great success, with all participants landing at least one steelhead and many landing much more. Generous support was provided by numerous local volunteers, businesses, and organizations whose contributions made this a truly memorable day for the participants and volunteers involved.
The Project Healing Waters Great Falls, Montana Program took their annual fall fishing trip to the Missouri River, near Craig MT, on October 18, 2014. For many of those participating it was their first day of guided fly fishing ever. Thanks to the generosity of Montana Dream Outfitters, Great Falls Trout Unlimited, Mary Quint, and Roy Harrington the day was a tremendous success.
By Ralph Artigliere, Blue Ridge Mountain TU
On Thursday October 23, the PHWFF - Milwaukee program took their monthly fishing outing to River Wildlife in Kohler, WI. Hosted by River Wildlife, this outing enabled participants to fish the Sheboygan River and to experience it's lake run fishery first hand. The day offered shots at salmon, brown trout, and steelhead who had migrated into the river over the preceding weeks. Fish were caught, memories made, and a beautiful fall day was enjoyed by all in attendance.
On Saturday, November 8th 2014, the Troutbusters will be holding their 2nd Annual “City Slicker Bust” at Feather Craft Fly Fishing in St. Louis, MO. This event is a great opportunity to support PHWFF. The day will include silent auctions, free fly line cleaning/dressing, a casting yard with industry reps showcasing the newest offerings from Sage, Windston, Scott, Thomas & Thomas, Redington, Echo and more, fly tying demos, a sidewalk sale, a BBQ lunch and a live band for added entertainment.
The Project Healing Waters Colorado Springs program held their first annual End of Year Party on October 17, 2014. Taking place in a special area of the Colorado Springs Sky Sox baseball stadium, this event celebrated the participants, volunteers, hosts and friends of the program during a festive evening.
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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