The 5th Annual Fly Tying Contest began on January 2 and concluded on September 15, 2017. During this time period, dozens of amazing flies were submitted by veteran participants from across the country. Each fly was judged by a fly-tying panel comprised of PHWFF volunteers, celebrity fly tiers and professionals. Out of the many incredible flies entered, a total of 5 finalists were selected. Each of the finalists are invited to attend the International Fly Tying Symposium at the  Marriott Hotel in Lancaster, PA November 11-12.  Specialist Robert Fletcher took 3rd Place in the 5th Annual Fly Tying Competition.  Click here to read about it


Robert Fletcher was born in Berwyn, Illinois in 1969 and within six months he and his family relocated to Westminster Colorado. Bob graduated from Arvada high and enlisted in the Navy that same year. He was honorably discharged in 1991 as a 3rd Class Petty Officer after being stationed in Adak, Alaska and serving on the USS Sacramento.

Bob re-enlisted with the Army in 1994 and served as a Specialist, Stationed at Fort Hood Texas as a combat Engineer. He was honorably discharged from the Army in 1997.

Bob shares his love of the Rocky Mountain West with his two brothers who have lived in the region since the sixties.  He’s been in Healing Waters for six years. He’s an active participant tying flies, building rods and fishing in cold and warm water. His most notable day on the water this year was this spring where he hooked and landed 33 fish, from healthy bass to trophy bluegills.