Welcome to the 11th Annual

2-Fly Tournament

Brought to you by Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Inc.™



Dates: April 29 & 30, 2017


Address: Rose River Farm
3099 Old Blue RidgeTurnpike (rt.670)
Syria, Virginia 22743




Bluegill Tournament

  • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  Bluegill tournament at the Rose River Farm pond.This will be a fun “pre-tournament” event on the Rose River Farm pond for PHWFF participants and anglers competing in Sunday’s tournament.
  • 4:45 p.m. (approximately) -PHWFF program participants in this year’s 2-Fly will be escorted by the Patriot Guard Riders from Culpeper to the Rose River Farm on Saturday night.
  • 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Dinner at Rose River Farm.

Open to all volunteers and participants in the 2-Fly — RSVP is required via the Evite announcement sent to all registered volunteers, participants and guests.

Click here for more information about dinner and speakers.


  • 7:00 a.m. check in begins (coffee, doughnuts, and light snacks)
  • 7:15 – 7:30 rules briefing and beat assignments
  • 7:30 – 7:40 team photos
  • 7:45 National Anthem
  • 8:00 – 9:30 round one fishing for 15 teams (teams time slots will be picked at random)
  • 10:00 – 11:30 round one for the 15 other teams
  • 11:00 – 12:30 Lunch
  • 12:00 – 1:30 round two for the first 15 teams
  • 12:30 – 1:15 Fly Fishing Clinic
  • 2:00 – 3:30 round two for the other teams
  • 2:30 – 3:15 Fly Fishing Clinic
  • 3:30 – 4:00 score tally relax time and other activities
  • 4:00 Awards Ceremony

       All Day

  • Clinics with Fly Fishing Experts Check for posted times
  • Rod Demo
  • Bass and Bluegill fishing in the 2 ponds (fly only)
  • Free streamside broadband courtesy of Virginia Broadband.

Click on the Special Guests section below for more information on the expert clinics and other day-long features at this year’s 2-Fly.


Here is a list of lodging choices in the Syria, Culpeper, Ruckersville and Warrenton area where 2-Fly participants are staying.

Comfort Inn Culpeper – 540-825-


Saturday Night 2-Fly Dinner

The 11th Annual Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing (PHWFF) 2-Fly weekend will kick off with a dinner, auction, and live music Saturday night (5 o’clock until dark) under a big tent at Rose River Farm. We have an exciting evening planned with great food and fantastic live music. Dress will be “fly fishing casual” and the atmosphere will be festive.

This year, Virginia Broadband will be providing free internet access for both days of the 2-Fly Tournament!   

Early registration for participants, guides and volunteers will be available Saturday evening before the start of the program.Musical entertainment for Saturday night’s dinner will be the Gold Top Country Ramblers. Check them out on YouTube!

Corporate table sponsorships are still available for the 2-Fly Dinner. We are offering various levels of corporate table sponsorship at our pre-tournament dinner on Saturday night.

Saturday, April 29, 2017 : Rose River Farm 3099 Old Blue Ridge Turnpike (Route 670)Syria, Virginia 22743

Program Agenda:

  • 4:45 p.m. (approximately) – Warrior/Veteran participants in this year’s 2-Fly will be escorted by the Patriot Guard Riders from Culpeper to the Rose River Farm on Saturday night.
  • 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.: Cocktail Reception, Music and Silent Auction
  • 6:00 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.: Tented Dinner
  • 6:45 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.: Program featuring Keynote speaker  and Master of Ceremonies
  • 7:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.: Dessert Buffet under the stars


The 2-Fly Tournament will field up to twenty four teams; twelve Pro/Vet teams will comprise two veterans with a professional fly-fishing guide. Only the veterans will be able to fish. The professional guides cannot fish but should concentrate on assisting the veteran team members. The remaining twelve teams will be made up of two amateur fly anglers.


  • A. Contestants will furnish their own fly fishing equipment.
  • B. The type of rod and fly reel is the choice of the individual contestant.
  • C. The use of fly floatant, lead weight, leaders, or other accessories will be at the discretion of the contestant. Only floating fly lines are permitted.
  • D. No real or artificial fish attractants, such as scents, are allowed.
  • E. Traditional strike indicators are allowed.

Event Flies

  • A. Only two flies of any conventional pattern (dry, wet, nymph, streamer, etc.) will be allowed per contestant through the duration of the 2-Fly Event. A total of four flies will be allowed per team. If a contestant loses both flies during the event or the fly angler is finished for the day unless the other team member donates a fly. The same is true for a team that loses all four flies.
  • B. The rule committee considers that it would be impossible for a veteran (a veteran fishing on a Pro/Vet team!) to lose a fly.
  • C. Flies must be tied on a single barbless hook, or on a hook with the barb pushed down.

Fishing Procedure

  • A. Federal and state rules and regulations governing the waters to be fished will be strictly observed.
  • B. The river will be divided into twelve fishable beats.
  • C.All teams will fish two beats, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Each beat will consist of one and a half hour increments, unless the lose all their allowed flies. Teams will be assigned via a drawing their fishing beat for the morning session and during the lunch break will be assigned a new fishing beat for the afternoon fishing session.
  • D. Both team members can fish at any one time but teams are strongly encouraged to consider only allowing one team member to fish, depending on the size of the fishing beat.
  • E. Each fishable beat will be assigned Steam Monitors who will confirm and validate each caught trout on a scoring sheet. Stream Monitors may assist the veteran teams on an as needed basis.
  • F. All trout species will be counted in the scoring. No “Fall” Fish will be counted. For a trout to be counted as “caught” the Stream Monitor needs to see the trout being landed and released with as little impact to the fish as possible.
  • G. Each team may only have three caught trout measured by the Stream Monitor during the tournament.
  • H. Fishing hours on the Rose River will be from 8:00 AM until 4:30 PM.
  • I. If a contestant’s fly becomes caught in brush or in a snag, it may be recovered and reattached to the leader. The contestant may continue fishing in the event. The contestant can be disqualified by the Stream Monitor for any unsafe practice used to retrieve a fly.
  • J. Daily scoring ends for the contestant when his two flies become irretrievably lost. The contestant whose fishing has ended may continue to support his team member through advice and other encouragement.


  • A. To be counted in the score, the release of a caught trout must be witnessed by the Stream Monitor. Each of these trout will have a value of two points.
  • B. Each team will be allowed to select three (3) trout to measure during the day. All trout not selected for measurement will be released immediately, preferably without removing them from the water.
  • C. Measurement of trout shall be done by the Stream Monitor while the trout is in the water whenever possible. The Stream Monitor will measure the trout with the tournament ruler. Any trout which measures ½ inch or greater is rounded to the next full inch by the scoring committee. For example, a measurement of 21 ½ inches equals 22 inches for scoring purposes. The stream monitor will measure and record the exact fractional inch and allow the scoring committee to tabulate the final value. Fish are measured from the tip of the nose to the tip of the relaxed tail. The tail is not to be pinched.


  • A. A $1 penalty will be assessed for any fish killed or ruled by the Stream Monitor to be unable to survive. The fish will not be counted as a caught fish.
  • B. Any contestant that hooks his teammate, a competing team member or a stream monitor will be assessed a $10 penalty.
  • C. Any contestant that foul hooks a trout (on a location other than the trout’s mouth) by snagging or other hook set will be assessed a $1 penalty.
  • D. All penalties will be collected at the end of the fishing day and donated to Project Healing Waters as a contribution from that angler.
  • E. The Stream Monitor is responsible for monitoring teams for any rules violation or un sportsmanlike conduct and will notify the Rules Committee of any such occurrence. The Committee will rule on the violation within one hour after receiving it. Penalties will vary with the violation, from sanctions, to nullifying daily scores, to disqualification from the event. Violations will be considered only from the Stream Monitor who is responsible for the assigned fishing beats where the rules violation or behavior was observed.

These rules are subject to change and modification as directed by the 2-Fly Committee.


Harold Harsh
harold-harshI joined the Marine Corps before I was out of high school and served for 8 years with tours of duty to Beirut and Grenada. What these men and women have given to our country goes beyond anything I could ever possibly give back to them. When Captain Ed asked me to help him help them, what else could I say but yes! I have the greatest respect for my fellow warriors and will do anything in my power to help them. Semper Fidelis, Harold Harsh, Spring Creek Outfitters. Harold guides many Maryland Rivers– one of his favorites is the North Branch of the Potomac.


Richard Farino
richard-farinoRichard is a New York City native of over 3 decades who moved to Washington DC to open a fly fishing shop. As an avid angler who spent time fishing and guiding the fresh and salt waters of the northeast and anywhere he could wet a fly, he met John Colburn, former VP and a founding member of Project Healing Waters and was inspired by John’s devotion to PHWFF.

Richard is the son of a purple heart recipient – a Vietnam war Navy veteran who served in the Patrol Boat River Division in the Mekong Delta.  He is the founder of District Angling, a fly fishing retail, guiding, and travel business in Arlington, VA.  He is proud to support PHWFF and looks forward to continuing to volunteer and give back to veterans


Dusty Wissmath
dusty-wissmath-214Dusty Wissmath grew up in Missouri, started fly fishing at age eight, and spent his formative years highly distracted by the sport. He began guiding and teaching fly-fishing in the early seventies while working on a degree in Wildlife Biology at the University of Wyoming. Living in Jackson, WY after graduate school he tied commercially for High Country Flies and guided on the Snake, Green and New Fork Rivers and in Yellowstone National Park. After working as a Biologist in Wyoming and East Africa, Dusty started his fly-fishing school and guide service in 1995. He also served as the lead instructor at the L.L. Bean Fly Fishing School in Virginia and still teaches at the Wulff School of Fly Fishing in New York. He is a Federation of Fly Fishers Certified Casting Instructor and is a member of the Board of Governors of the F.F.F. Guides Association. When he’s not teaching or guiding, Dusty gives casting demonstrations and workshops at sports shows from Montana to Virginia. His articles and photographs can be found in several outdoor magazines.Dusty is on the Pro Staff of the Scott Fly Rod Co., Hatch Reels, and Hyde Drift Boats.  Staff, Volunteers, and Participants Attend Dusty Wissmath Fly Fishing School


John Gay
johngayProject Healing Waters means that our soldiers have a way to heal that is unique, therapeutic, and a learning experience that can be built on. I am proud to volunteer for many reasons. We owe a great deal to the men and women who serve our country, and helping them transition and recover through fly-fishing is a way to give back. Seeing friends and making new ones, the buoyant spirit of everyone, the fish caught, the fish missed, and the bonding among the participants make PHWFF a truly special organization. Trout&About. John guides many Maryland streams such as the Gunpowder. He also takes clients to the famed Spruce Creek in Pennsylvania. 

William Heresniak

williamheresniakWhile driving along the highway by the entrance to the Rose River Farm this past January I spotted an enormous Bald Eagle. She was perched on one of the larger trees. It seemed as if even in the cold calm of winter, she was watching over that special place where the 2-Fly Tournament is held each year waiting for her sons and daughters to come fish.Each year at the 2-Fly has been special. It’s a day I get to spend with the veterans, good friends and my daughter. One thing we need to remember not only during the tournament, but every day, is the soldiers that lost their lives defending our country.William Heresniak  Eastern Trophies guides most of the popular Rivers in Maryland and Virginia. They specialize in float trips for trout, smallmouth, and muskies.

Joel Thompson

joel-thompsonThis is my second year as a guide for the Project Healing Waters 2-Fly tournament and I could not be more excited to be part of this great event. I am a native Montanan and come from a long line of Military men in my family and am looking forward to giving back to those who have served. I am a Fishing Outfitter and own and operate a guide service in western Montana called Montana Troutaholic Outfitter’s Teaching people how to fly fish and seeing the joys it brings to them when they are able to put it all together and catch that fish is one of the most enjoyable things in the world to me. I am truly honored to be a part of this great event!


James Aliff

james-alliffI have worked in the fly fishing industry for 9 years and now manage the Orvis store in Leesburg, VA. I have always been very fond of exposing others to fly fishing and teaching them the tricks of the trade. Thanks to both Jim Erickson and Douglas Dear I was given my first opportunity to participate as a stream monitor in a previous 2 fly tournament. At that tournament I met meet Chris Frost. I had a chance to spend some time on the water with Chris which was one of the most rewarding experiences I have had in fly fishing. I look forward spending more time with and providing more support to Project Healing Waters.


Rob Snowhite
????????????????????????????????????My name is Rob Snowhite. I own and operate the Fly Fishing Consultant, in Alexandria, VA, focusing on fly fishing education and instruction in and around the Nation’s capital.I became involved with Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing after transitioning to fly fishing as a full-time career. Volunteering at Walter Reed and Bethesda Naval Hospital is my way of giving back to those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for their nation and our freedom. I’ve guided at the 2-Fly Tournament for the past years and I am deeply honored when Ed asks me to be a guide. Fly fishing is not a sport, but a way of life. It is a natural, therapeutic release from physical and mental trauma.I learned to fly fish in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains around Rose River Farm and consider the area my fly fishing home. Rob Snowhite (703) 401-6429.


Keith Tanner
My beautiful pictureKeith was extremely excited when he found PHWFF for the opportunity to combine two of his passions…. helping veterans and fly-fishing.  Keith, a former marine (‘82-‘88), fished the waters of New England his whole life, starting fly-fishing at the age of 10.  He enjoys sharing his love of the sport and seeing the therapeutic benefits it provides.  He’s been a PHWFF volunteer since 2010, where he helped establish a PHWFF presence in CT. He has his captains license and charters and guides when he’s not working his full-time job, as an engineer at Pratt & Whitney, where he co-founded a corporate veterans resource group, UTC-4-Vets.  The group was formed to support employees who served, their families, and veterans initiatives and has established a close working relationship with PHWFF


Ken Zadoyko
Ken ZadoykoIt has been my honor and privilege to share my passion for fly fishing with the men and women who served our country. I currently work with PHWFF programs in Charlottesville, VA and Tampa, FL. I cannot think of a better way to honor my mentors and friends who helped me improve my skills. I encourage others to volunteer their time for this very important program. I have been a passionate fly fisher for the past 50 years and enjoyed working with young people during my 33 year teaching career. As a FFF MCI, I taught at the Wulff Fly Fishing School in the Catskills. Additionally I organized and taught fly casting and fly tying for adults and children for TU, the Catskill Fly Tyers Guild and NJ Division of F&G.


Mike Clarke 
mike-clarke-bio-picMike Clarke was born and raised in Western Montana and has been tying flies and fly fishing since he was big enough to hold a fly rod.  After graduating from the University of Montana in Missoula, he pursued his other passion of medicine.  In 2012, Mike moved back home to Southwest Montana where he works as an emergency medicine physician but continues to guide as much as he can while not at the hospital.  With the help of Healing Waters Lodge in Twin Bridges, Montana, Mike has been fortunate to be involved with Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing for the last several years.  The time spent with PHWFF has proven to be some of his most rewarding and memorable.   Mike is honored to be invited to the annual Two Fly Tournament and looks forward to many more years of involvement with PHWFF.  Mike guides in Southwest Montana on the Big Hole, Beaverhead, Jefferson, and Ruby rivers.

Phil Landry

phil-landry-bio-picI have volunteered with the Memphis VAMC program for the past 6 years.  This program has been a natural fit for me and has been an incredibly rewarding experience.  I have been a professional guide in Arkansas since 2004, but before that I obtained a Master’s degree in Education from the University of Texas.  Project Healing Waters has provided me with a way to use my knowledge of fishing skills and educational fundamentals in an actual “classroom setting” once a week at the V.A.  By doing so, I get to do something good for people that really deserve something good in their lives.  Success is an addictive feeling.  It breeds confidence.  I love to be able to help our veterans build confidence and use the vehicle of fly fishing to cross their “bridge over troubled waters” and improve themselves in all facets of life.  I have guided many participants through the years, but this will be my first year in the 2 Fly Tournament.  I’m thrilled to be a part of it.  Phil guides float trips on the Little Red River, Norfork River and White River in Arkansas.  He grew up flyfishing for trout in Mississippi, but all he ever caught were bass and bream.   Arkansastroutbum.com

Gavin Robinson

gavin-robinson-bio-pic-bw_tullybowOver the years as a fly fishing guide, I’ve learned that time on the water means all sorts of thing to all sorts of people, but almost everyone finds some kind of healing or restorative power in a trout stream. I’m honored to be invited to participate at the 2-Fly Tournament again. My good friends Ben and Jerry Nonnemacher got me involved a few years ago and I’ll always be grateful for the oppurtunity to give back to the folks who serve our country


Bob Clouser
bob-clouserBob’s love of the outdoors, especially fishing, led him into the fishing business. He continues to guide, teach and share his enjoyment with others.  Bob now teaches fly tying, fly casting and fishing. His casting demonstrations, using visual aids and casting weighted flies and lines, are very popular. Bob holds freshwater and saltwater fly fishing/casting schools at various locations around the country. He also hosts trips to great fresh and saltwater fishing locations. Bob’s lectures, tying demonstrations and presentations are given nationwide. He is sought after for his presentations on “Fly Fishing for Smallmouth Bass” – catching smallmouth from top to bottom using flies – and “Fly Fishing Adventures” – about various species that can be caught on fly rod and flies. Bob’s Fly Casting Demonstration, “Casting Weighted Flies and Lines” is highly sought after. Bob has been featured in many fine fly fishing and fly tying videos and DVDs. Some of these are instructional videos can be found in retail shops across the country, and some have been presented on national television. Bob is also a prolific and highly regarded author of fly fishing and fly tying articles. His articles have been published in national and regional magazines, as well as in fresh and saltwater publications. He has completed two books. “Clouser’s Flies” contains 16 of his fly patterns, which are recognized worldwide. His other book, “Fly Fishing for Smallmouth in Rivers and Streams,” – rated by Fly Fisherman Magazine as Best on the Subject—it contains techniques and flies for catching smallmouth bass. Bob enjoys doing freelance outdoor photography.ently called upon for participating in charity events.

Bob has been featured in many fine fly fishing and fly tying videos and DVDs. Some of these are instructional videos can be found in retail shops across the country, and some have been presented on national television. Bob is also a prolific and highly regarded author of fly fishing and fly tying articles. His articles have been published in national and regional magazines, as well as in fresh and saltwater publications. He has completed two books. “Clouser’s Flies” contains 16 of his fly patterns, which are recognized worldwide. His other book, “Fly Fishing for Smallmouth in Rivers and Streams,” – rated by Fly Fisherman Magazine as Best on the Subject—it contains techniques and flies for catching smallmouth bass. Bob enjoys doing freelance outdoor photography.

Bob is the innovator of many fine fly patterns, all of which have gained worldwide popularity. His flies include The Clouser Minnow, The Half and Half, Clouser Crayfish, Swimming Nymph, Crippled Minnow, Mad Tom, The Darter, Hellgrammite, E-Z Ppopper, Floating Minnow and many others. Bob’s Clouser Minnow is claimed to be the most effective underwater fly ever developed, rated as #1 by Field and Stream Magazine. He has designed a fly line (The Clouser Taper) manufactured by Cortland that makes casting heavy wind-resistant fly patterns a dream to cast. He is on the advisory staff for Temple Fork Outfitters and has designed a line of rods (Clouser Series Fly Rods) with Temple Fork Outfitters. He is also on the staff of Rainy’s Flies Inc. and Renzetti Inc.

Bob has been presented numerous awards for his strong conservation work, especially work done to enhance smallmouth bass fishing in Pennsylvania. Most notable among his awards are his induction into the national Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame as Legendary Angler induction into the Catskill Fly Fishing Hall of Fame in 2009, the Warm Water Committee Achievement Award, a national award presented by The Federation of Fly Fishers, the Dr. Henshall Award presented by The Federation of Fly Fishers, and National Angler of the Year 2000 by Fly Rod and Reel Magazine. He is a strong supporter of recreational fishing as well as conservation. He was awarded the 1995 Conservation Award of the Year, presented by the Susquehanna Smallmouth Alliance, and in 1997 the Charles K. Fox Rising Trout Conservation Award, presented by the Cumberland Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited

Blane Chocklett
blaneBlane grew up fishing the small mountain streams near his home in Blue Ridge, Va. As a youngster he started a guiding service and in the late 90s, opened Blue Ridge Fly Fishers in Richmond, Virginia– one of the most respected full service fly shops in the region.  He quickly gained huge following with his cretive and extremely effective fly patterns.  Blane has worked for years to create patterns that have all the intricate nuances of flies, with the strike-generating action of conventional lures. These new patterns serve to not only inspire fly fishermen but compel new and conventional anglers to try fly fishing.

About a decade ago, Blane returned to the river where he now owns and operates the New Angle Fishing Company, which specializes in float trips for everything from musky and smallmouth bass to stripers. Blane has served on the board of the American Fly Tackle Trade Association (AFFTA) and has worked as a consultant to several fly fishing companies. Many of Blane’s highly innovative fly patterns are produced through UMPQUA Feather Merchants.

“We welcome Blane Chocklett to the TFO team. He is one of the most innovative fly tiers and wonderfully creative fly fisherman I know. Blane will be an excellent member of the TFO family,” Lefty Kreh said.

Working with the likes of Kreh, Ed Jaworowski, Bob Clouser, Nick Curcione, Flip Pallot and Gary Loomis, Blane is posied to attract a new level of anglers to the sport of fly fishing.





Exclusive, only one available Sponsorship at this level allows ten veterans to experience a premier fishing destination inside the U.S. Two tables of ten guests* to dine with keynote speaker and veterans Company representative will be introduced to make opening remarks during program Two minute ‘Spotlight’ recorded by and aired on Executive Leaders Radio Sponsor will be featured exclusively in 30 second online video promoting event



Sponsorship at this level allows five veterans the opportunity to fish a national destination One table for ten guests * with option to dine with veterans Two minute ‘Spotlight’ recorded by and aired on Executive Leaders Radio Full page color ad in 2-Fly Tournament Yearbook Major listing in all promotion to include print, online, social media and event signage Logo featured on the PHWFF website Verbal acknowledgement the evening of the event