Dates: April 29 & 30, 2017
Address: Rose River Farm
3099 Old Blue RidgeTurnpike (rt.670)
Syria, Virginia 22743
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 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.
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 “ashes of old ways”.
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
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.
These rules are subject to change and modification as directed by the 2-Fly Committee.
SSG (ret) Brian McGough, U.S. Army
Brian McGough joined the Army in 1995 and began a career as a Forward Observer. In 2000, Brian deployed to Kosovo in support of the United Nations peacekeeping mission and logged numerous hours on patrol in the American sector. In 2001, he deployed to Afghanistan, where he provided support during intense ground combat in March 2002 and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal. In 2003, Brian again deployed for the initial invasion of Iraq, was wounded by a roadside bomb while there, and then spent several months recovering at Walter Reed and battling the effects of both traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder. Brian joined VoteVets.org in 2006 and worked with members of Congress to ensure that combat troops and veterans were granted the benefits they deserved. In 2009, he took the expertise he gained on Capitol Hill and joined the Department of Veterans Affairs where he worked with members of Congress and on behalf of homeless veterans. Brian is currently a stay-at home parent who enjoys fly-fishing and Brazilian jiu jitsu in his spare time. Brian’s wife, Kayla Williams, is also a combat veteran who wrote a book about her journey through Brian’s recovery titled “Plenty of Time When We Get Home”. She currently serves as the Director for VA’s Center for Women Veterans.
Brian currently participates with the PHWFF Fort Belvoir, VA Program and lives in the Washington, DC area with Kayla and their 2 children.
SGT (ret) Bill Braniff, U.S. Army | Vietnam
Bill Braniff is a Canadian citizen living in Maine who enlisted in 1964 after prior service in the Canadian Army. After traveling to Buffalo, NY he was sent to Fort Dix, NJ where he went through Infantry Basic School and AIT. In November, 2967, following time spent at Fort Dix, Brian was assigned to the 229th Combat Unit, Supply Division at Vung Tau. He was in the 90th Replacement Depot in Long Binh awaiting orders when the Tet Offensive began. They were pinned down for four days as the enemy had come through the barracks throwing sachel charges in. Four guys in his barracks were wounded. He was reassisnged to the 25th Infantry Division, as a PFC, and within four months he was an acting Sergeant, Squad Leader. During this time he started out as an ammo bearer, assistant MG’er, Platoon RTO, and one of two Company tunnel Rats. He was wounded twice and treated in the field. Prior to going to his Unit, which was A Co 2/12, 25th ID, he became lost on his first day in the field and ended up with A Co 1/27th Wolf Hounds for five weeks before getting back to his Unit. Bill was also wounded there, although minor. Bill finished his Service in Ft Carson with A 3/11 5th Mechanized Infantry. He was CBR NCO until his ETS in July 1969 and was Honorably Discharged with Rank of Sergeant E5 and was awarded a CIB, Bronze Star and Army Commendation Medals. Following service, Bill made over fifty trips to Vietnam looking for information on POWs and MIA’s, and looking for a guy in my squad who was MIA: Gene Handrahan. MIA on 10/10/1968.
Bill currently lives in Maine with his American wife and they have three grown children. He is eager to continue learning to fly fish and actively participates with the PHWFF Bangor, Maine Program.
SPC (ret) Randall Steiger, U.S. Army | Iraq
Randall Steiger was born into an Air Force family at Warner Robins Air Force Base Georgia. After traveling the world for some 15 years he landed in Cheyenne Wyoming. In 2003, Randall enlisted in the Army as a Bradley Fighting Vehicle systems maintainer and underwent One Station Unit Training (OSUT) at Fort Knox Kentucky. After graduating he was assigned to Fort Irwin CA as permanent Opposing Forces (OPFOR). While serving as OPFOR he took part in numerous training operations for deploying units. In 2005 he deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom as a line team mechanic and recovery specialist for Golf Troop, 1st squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, Blackhorse. Randall became a participant in PHWFF in 2013. Living in Wyoming, he has had access some of the most beautiful Rocky Mountain waters to learn the art of fly fishing. It has given him the outlet he needs to become more mindful and relaxed. When approached to take part in a short film contest on the healing of fly fishing in 2015, Randall was happy to tell his story in order to give back and create awareness for those returning warriors who may benefit from the magic of fly fishing.
While relatively new to the sport of fly fishing, Randall has continually volunteered to take participants on single and multi-day trips with the Platter Rivers PHWFF Program. As a graduate of Sweetwater Fly Fishing Guide school in Montana, he has expanded his knowledge and experience to rowing some of the bigger rivers in the mountain area, most notably the Bighorn River, Yellowstone River, North Platte (Casper and Saratoga) and was even honored to have the opportunity to guide for Ed Nicholson on the Clarks Fork near St Regis MT.
“While fishing one day, one of my fishing mentors, Roger Thimm said, ‘Helping helps me’. I didn’t quite understand what he meant until I assisted a fellow Veteran in landing his first fish on a fly. I almost enjoy guiding now as much as I like fishing!”
SGT (ret) Rob McKennan, U.S. Army
Rob McKennan separated from the US Army in 1998 after 8.5 years as a Military Police Officer. After the military, he began working as a police officer for several local Colorado agencies. 16 months of that was spent on a task force that investigated child abuse, sexual assault and domestic violence. He currently works at USAA as an injury claims adjuster where he investigates and resolves injury accident claims. Rob had wanted to start fly fishing but did not have an opportunity to do so until he joined PHWFF. Being a disabled veteran himself, Rob has been motivated to help veterans and soldiers less fortunate than him. Understanding firsthand the value of fly fishing, his involvement with PHWFF has become a perfect mix to promote PHEFF to service members and veterans in need through his contact with them at his current job with USAA, or meeting them in public or other events.
Rob currently serves as the Special Events Coordinator for the Rocky Mountain South Region of Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing (PHWFF). He began working with PHWFF as a participant and quickly wanted to start volunteering. He started working as the Special Events Coordinator as well as maintaining the web site and social media. He now acts as a trip planner and trip lead as we as taking care of special events.
Rob lives in Colorado Springs, CO where he lives with his wife, 6 year old daughter and his 4 year old twins (boy and a girl). When he isn’t spending time with his family he is either doing woodworking, fishing or tying flies. He has even gotten his 6 year old daughter to tie flies
CPT (ret) Beth Steinberger, U.S. Army
Beth Steinberger was born and raised just outside West Point, NY. This influence, and a strong family history of military service, made choosing the Army a place to learn and practice Internal Medicine. Fly fishing has become a wonderful creative and therapeutic outlet for Beth. It is something that challenges all the deficits she has with tasks such as tying flies to casting. It is through PHWFF that Beth found a new lifelong sport that is both fulfilling and enjoyable. One of the best things Beth enjoys about PHWFF is the camaraderie with other servicemen and women, and the patient, engaging and caring atmosphere that is provided by all the talented and gracious volunteers who make it all possible.
Beth currently participates with the PHWFF Walter Reed Program.
PO2 (ret) Daphne Zencey, U.S. Coast Guard
Daphne Zencey is originally from a small town in Vermont. She has always appreciated and enjoyed spending time outside, surrounded by the mountains or the lakes and rivers. Daphne joined the Coast Guard in 2003 and considers it to be one of the best decisions she’s made in her 34 years. At that time in her life she had taken some time off from school and was looking for something bigger and more important to be a part of. She was especially drawn to the Search and Rescue side of the Coast Guard and knew that she wanted to be a small boat coxswain. Following basic training, Daphne was stationed at a small boat station in Narragansett, RI where she learned the basics of being an effective boat crew member, assisting with SAR and Maritime Law Enforcement. Daphne then went to Yorktown, VA for Boatswains Mate A School and was stationed in the Bay of San Francisco. While in California as a BM3 and then BM2 she became a Duty Coxswain for both SAR and training as well as a Boarding Officer, conducting Federal Law Enforcement. As a Search and Rescue first responder, Daphne was frequently in charge and making the calls in life and death situations.
Daphne became interested in fly fishing after leaving the Coast Guard but was never given ample opportunity to really get involved. In 2016, she began looking for ways to get involved with a Veterans organization. “I wanted and needed something to be a part of again, and the camaraderie that seems to come naturally when engaging and spending time with other Veterans. It took me awhile to find it, but Project Healing Waters was a natural fit for everything I was looking for.” Daphne has been able to once again connect with people who know what it’s like to be a part of something bigger than yourself, while finding peace and solace in the zen-like aspects of fly fishing, all while being able to surround herself with the sounds and smells of the rivers and lakes again.
Daphne currently participates with the PHWFF Fort Belvoir, VA Program.
SPC (ret) Joshua Gerasimof, U.S. Army | Kosovo
From 1998 to 2001, Joshua Gerasimof served in the US Army as a machine gunner with the 3/504 Parachute Infantry Regiment within the 82nd Airborne Division. While serving with the 82nd Airborne, his unit was deployed to Kosovo in Operation Joint Guardian from 1999 to 2000. After sustaining injuries which led to his discharge, he took on the personal challenge to thru-hike the 2,175 mile Appalachian Trail in 2005 as a way to find his own path to recovery. Through this journey Joshua was able to connect with other veterans who have had similar readjustment struggles back to the civilian world. These connections encouraged him to find his purpose and to define his new mission of helping other veterans. Since that long journey in the mountains, Josh has earned a Bachelor’s degree in Adventure Education and Wilderness Leadership and a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Johnson State College in 2012. Currently he is a Certified Veteran Peer Support Specialist with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Josh has continued to work with his fellow comrades in non-traditional forms of treatment. Josh also currently serves as the Program Lead for Green Mountain Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing. This program in particular has helped Josh to connect to Veterans on a deeper level. Additionally, he is Burlington CBOC’s Team Coach that takes a team of once wounded Veterans to participate in the National Disable Veterans Winter Sports Clinic in Snowmass Colorado. Josh encourages his fellow Veterans to think about how to find their own path to recovery and has been able to provide veterans with life changing experiences through Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing.
During his free time Josh can be found along the banks of the Brewster River in Jeffersonville Vermont, teaching his two adventurous and curious boys, Kannon and Everett to fly fish while his lovely wife, Rebecca relaxes on shore.
CPL (ret) Jim Graham, U.S. Army
Jim Graham served in the U.S. Army from 1974 – 1977 (active) and 1977 – 1980 (inactive). He was stationed at Ft. Lewis Washington, home of the 9th. Infantry Division, Combat Support Company 2/1 Recon/Scout Platoon.
“In 1976 I was a range instructor on a M-203 range. The range adjacent to mine was in control and shifted fire 30 degrees in the wrong direction. My range took about a 2000 rounds of M-16 fire. Everyone was down in fox holes, but, being the range instructor, I was the only one standing. I was shot in my left flank. I had six high explosive rounds strapped to my waist. I’ve always had nightmares of me turning into a red puff of smoke. The bullet was removed one year later due to infection in my stomach. One week after being shot I was due to go to primary noncommissioned officers candidate school to be promoted to Sargent. Due to injuries I was assigned as assistant company armor and drive for the company’s first sergeant. Upon return from a field training exercise the first Sargent and I were cleaning the vehicle and the vehicle was tipped over and I was hit and sustained a concussion and a crushed wrist. I was also involved in a major automobile accident and my best friend passed away in my arms. Being his squad leader I always felt guilty for him losing his life.
After being discharged from the Army I struggled with life. I never felt like I fit in and felt like I was a loser. I struggled with addiction for many years. I never felt safe. 38 years later life got really bad for me and I went back to the VA for help and I found this amazing place that is willing to help. I’ve received a rating 100% and been under their care. I am really involved with volunteer work and my passion is helping other veterans. Several years ago a friend in my PTSD group told me about PHWFF. My first thought was they don’t want anything to do with me (I’m not good enough) and I was pleasantly surprised at the love and support I got from the vets and the volunteers. Quickly my guard was down and I started getting excited and involved in this wonderful program. I feel a great sense of freedom from my personal demons. This program has taught me the feeling of being safe and that everything is OK. I’ve been on several trips and every time I come home I feel a great deal of personal growth. Recently I’ve learned catching a fish is only a bonus. I get so much healing from the love and support I receive from the group. I feel safe and everything is OK. Thank you, PHWFF you’ve changed my life.”
Jim currently participates with the PHWFF Long Beach, CA Program.
SPC Lee Barbee, U.S. Army | Afghanistan
Lee Barbee was born in Macon, Georgia and spent 7 years in the U.S. Army with an MOS of 68W (Medic). Lee served along great Infantrymen in 2-8IN, 2BCT, 4ID, at Fort Carson, CO, with a tour down range to RC South Afghanistan. He started in tour in Kandahar province finishing tour in Mya Neshin Province. And served as an Eastern Equine Encephalitis protocol assistant for Division of Medicine at the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Disease.
“PHWFF has become a major part of my life. The sense of comradery amongst volunteers and participants alike made me feel at home. After working with volunteers Al Warner, Ted, Cryblskey, Kiki Galvin, Carl Smolka, Hank Pilcher, and Dick Buback, I immediately began to feel part of a family. They took me in under their wing and showed me a different path to healing. Teaching me the techniques of fly tying and fly fishing gave me a sense of peace that I never felt before. I’m thankful to continue to be a part of this program and amazing organization. I hope to give back to the program and help other veterans. This will be my first time in my two years of participating to be able to be part of the 2-Fly Tournament.”
Lee is currently a student at Montgomery College and majoring in Life Sciences. He plans to move to California to attend the University of California, Davis to obtain an undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences and aims to become a Physician Assistant and health care provider.
Lee currently lives in Gaithersburg, MD with his wife Cassandra and their beautiful, intelligent 3 year old daughter Natalie. He actively participates with PHWFF Walter Reed Program.
GySgt (ret) Mike Doyle, USMC | Desert Shield, Desert Storm
Mike Doyle served in the U.S. Marine Corps from June 1975 – February 1993. He was in the 1st Marine Division, 2nd Marine Division, 3rd Marine Division, 2nd Marine Air Wing, 4th Marine Air Wing, 2nd Force Service Support Group and the 3rd Force Service Support Group. Mike started out as a 2531 Radio Operator and retired as a 2591 Communications Chief with the rank of Gunnery Sergeant. He was deployed for Desert Shield and Desert Storm from August 1990 thru April 1991 and has an additional 10 years of deployments from Europe to South West Asia. Mike was diagnosed with eye disease 24 years ago in 1992. Before his blindness he was an avid hunter and outdoorsman. Today, he is still an avid outdoorsman and hunter. “I do NOT consider my blindness as a disability, but rather I think of it as an inconvenience and an obstacle to overcome.” He enjoys target shooting with handguns, rifles, shotguns, muzzle loaders and archery. Mike also hunts, fishs, hikes, bikes, camps, rock wall climb, snow ski, snow shoe, snowmobile, jet ski, scuba dive, snorkel, kayak, paddle board and white water raft. In the past year he has learned to tie flies, build a fly rod, and learned to fly fish with the help of Project Healing Waters volunteers. “I believe that I can do whatever I set my mind to. All I need is a chance.”
Mike became involved with PHWFF in April 2015 and since that time, Project Healing Waters has opened a whole new world up for him. “I am still a novice fly fisherman but I enjoy it so much that I now wonder why I didn’t start fly fishing at an earlier age. Just think of the years I wasted NOT fly fishing.”
“Project Healing Waters has showed me that there are people who care about veterans and can offer us someone to talk to outside of a clinical/sterile setting. Where we can be free to be ourselves and bond with others (both civilians and veterans alike) doing something that is relaxing, calming and soothing to and for the mind, body and soul. Besides, there are oceans, lakes, ponds, rivers and streams full of fish that I have to catch, meet and release.”
Mike Doyle currently lives in Roanoke, VA and actively participates with the PHWFF Roanoke/New River Valley Program.
CPL (ret) James Reed, USMC | Iraq
James Reed was born in East Tennessee. As a young boy, he was able to spend time outdoors, exploring nature, learning about the wildlife and most of all, finding a lifelong love of fishing. In 2003, James graduated from Sullivan East in Bluff City. During his HS years, he played football and participated in wrestling where he placed third in the State Championship and was nationally ranked. In 2004, James enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and graduated from Paris Island. He was then trained as a machine gunner and assigned to 2nd Battalion, Weapons Plt., Easy Co., 2nd Marines. James served in combat operations in the Al-Anbar Province in Iraq. During his first tour, he was wounded by an IED as sustained a Traumatic Brain Injury. He was able to complete his tour and an additional tour in 2006. Eventually, he was medically retired from the Marines in 2008.
James was introduced to fly fishing and shortly thereafter, was participating in Project Healing Waters. He immersed himself into the program and fly fishing. His future goal is to guide people on the local creeks and rivers and continue to volunteer with the program, helping other Veterans.
James currently participates with the PHWFF Johnson City, TN Program
SFC (ret) Rick Warrington, U.S. Army
Rick Warrington is a U.S. Army veteran who has been participating in Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing since a PCS to Fort Belvoir in August of 2015. Rick has spent time in Southeast Asia, Asia, the Pacific, Central America, South America and Europe. Other than his Physical Therapy and Aquatic Therapy each week, he leaves the house to enjoy PHWFF with the Fort Belvoir & Quantico PHWFF Programs. Rick was always an active person having practiced and taught Kendo and Iaido (Japanese fencing and swordsmanship) for 35 years. As an avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed mountain and rock climber, along with sky and scuba diving. Now his mobility is at a minimum due to neurological and muscular problems. His specialist doctors were amazed with the improvement in his finger, hand and arm dexterity after only one year of fly tying, rod building and casting practice.
Rick is proudest of the fact that somehow he talked his Army nurse into a date. They are still married and his wife, Heidi, will retire from 35 years of Active Duty this May. Rick has four children with the two oldest sons now Army vets themselves. The youngest is getting his Experimental Physics PhD. His daughter, a ceramic artist and teacher, married a Scout with the 101st Airborne that they lost to Iraq and PTSD (suicide). Rick hates the fact that an average of 22 vets commit suicide each day and wants everyone to try and help, knowing first-hand about the pain and damage it inflicts on a family.
Rick really believes in the therapeutic values of fly tying and fly fishing so much that he asks other patients to come every time he has his physical therapy at Belvoir Hospital. Rick tries to pass along all he has learned to the new participants. He wants to start a PHWFF Program in Waterloo, Iowa, where they will retire and he looks forward to teaching fly fishing to his granddaughter who lives there.
“The Fort Belvoir & Quantico Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing Programs are a fantastic group of people that welcomed me from day one. I cannot thank our Leads, Assistants, Guides, Teachers and Volunteers enough for what they have done for me and my family.”
I 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 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
Ira Strouse has been involved with Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing since 2011 after returning from a yearlong tour in Afghanistan. He has endeavored to give back to the organization by assuming various volunteer leadership positions within the organization at both the local, regional, and national levels. Fly fishing has become the cornerstone of Ira’s endeavors and he shares his enthusiasm for the sport freely. His love of the sport is not only is shared with other veterans and soldiers but also with his family. His wife Tissa, an active duty Army officer, also volunteers with Project Healing Waters and both sons are cutting their teeth in the sport.
While 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.
This 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!
I 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.
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 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
It 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 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.
I 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
Over 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
Thomas F. Hogan
Senior United States District Judge
Judge Thomas F. Hogan has been a federal judge since his appointment in August 1982 to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. He was Chief Judge of the court from 2001 until 2008, when he assumed senior status.
Judge Hogan graduated from Georgetown University, receiving an A.B. (classical) in 1960. He attended George Washington University’s masters program in American and English literature from 1960 to 1962 and graduated from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1966, where he was the St. Thomas More Fellow.
Following law school, Judge Hogan clerked for Judge William B. Jones of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia from 1966 to 1967. He served as counsel to the National Commission for the Reform of Federal Criminal Laws from 1967 to 1968, and was engaged in private practice from 1968 to 1982.
From 2001 to 2008, Judge Hogan served as a member of the United States Judicial Conference. In 2001, he was appointed a member of the Executive Committee of the Judicial Conference and, in 2005, the late Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist named him to preside over the Committee as its Chair, in which capacity he served until 2008. In 2008, Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., appointed Judge Hogan to serve as a Judge on the United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC). In 2011, Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., appointed Judge Hogan to be the Director of the Administrative Office of the United States Courts, where he served until June 2013. Judge Hogan served as Presiding Judge of the FISC from May 2014 to May 2016. He continues to serve as a district judge and as a member of the Judicial Conference Committee on Judicial Conduct and Disability.
Tara Wheeler is happy to return as an evening anchor for CBS19 News in Charlottesville after spending three years anchoring the morning news in Roanoke.
A graduate of Penn State University with a degree in journalism, Tara was also the starting goalie for the Penn State women’s ice hockey team. Tara has a strong military background growing up as a proud “Army Brat” moving all around the country with her paratrooper dad. Half of her education was paid for through the Air Force ROTC program. She served in the Air Force reserves until 2006. The other half of her education was paid for by the Miss America Organization.
Tara was crowned Miss Virginia 2008, and was a Quality of Life finalist at the 2009 Miss America pageant. She believes that “Beauty is as Beauty Does” and used her title to raise more than $50,000 for pediatric cancer research when she partnered with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation and shaved her head BALD in solidarity with the children fighting the disease.
In her free time, Tara teaches dance fitness at ACAC and loves spending time with her baby boy, who just turned two!
Blane 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.
Ed Jaworowski is a writer, photographer and an exceptional caster with a passion and a desire to share his skills with others. In addition to teaching casting and fly fishing for more than 30 years, Ed has authored 4 books – The Cast, Troubleshooting the Cast, PopFleyes and Essential Saltwater Flies. He also served as consultant and contributor to The Complete Book of Fly Fishing and his writings have been featured in over 200 publications and more than 20 angling periodicals here and abroad since 1977. He has more than 50 years of fly tying experience, has fished and conducted casting clinics around much of the western hemisphere, and is in demand as a speaker. Ed is making significant contributions to the design of TFO rods and related products and is assisting in the development of casting schools and other educational programs.
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