PHWFF’s San Francisco Program held its first class for disabled vets on January 25th at the Anglers Lodge by the casting pools in Golden Gate Park.  Eighteen volunteers from the Golden Gate Angling & Casting Club welcomed 9 enthusiastic vets affiliated with the nearby San Francisco VA Medical Center for a 3-hour introduction to fly fishing in general and fly casting in particular.  Classes are scheduled for mid-day every other Wednesday and will expand soon to include ~16 vets.  Winter/early-spring classes will focus on fly casting and fly tying, with numerous outings on the drawing boards to begin in late March/early April.

Marine Corps Vet Phil Parker demonstrates roll cast to enthusiastic participants armed with TFO PHWFF rods

Marine Corps Vet Phil Parker demonstrates roll cast to enthusiastic participants armed with TFO PHWFF rods

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Happy aspiring fly fishers!

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Army Ranger vet Cal Nakanishi (forefront) and Army vet Roger Mascio offer participants casting tips

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Volunteer Chuck Katz describes to participants the natural beauty and attendant camaraderie which fly fishers find so alluring about the sport