Project Healing Waters |
Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Inc. is a volunteer, non-profit organization,
initiated by members of Trout Unlimited and the Federation of Fly Fishers, that serves
military personnel who have come home wounded or injured to aid their physical and
emotional recovery by introducing or rebuilding the skills of fly fishing and fly tying and
by using and enjoying these skills on fishing outings and as lifelong recreation..
All services and activities of Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Inc. are provided
to the participants at no cost. Fly fishing and tying equipment and materials are
provided to the participants, including equipment that accommodates their special
Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Inc. (PHW) is financed by monetary
contributions and donations of equipment and materials. These contributions and
donations may be tax deductible through the 501(c)(3) tax status of PHW. Funds for
fishing trip expenses are provided by grants from foundations.
The Project works in two ways; both augment the work of the therapeutic services of
The fly tying program concentrates on teaching those with upper limb and vision
injuries to use their hands and eyes to do the small tasks involved making fishing
flies. While the therapeutic staff does wonderful work in helping the wounded and
injured relearn the skills needed in normal living, they do not have the staff or the
time to concentrate on those small tasks. Fly tying gives the patient an opportunity to
relearn the fine motor skills he or she lost when wounded or injured. The patient can
see a use for the flies tied and has the incentive to continue tying and developing the
skills. With the relearning of the fine motor skills, often there is a considerable
improvement in the emotional state of the patient.
The fly fishing program works with the wounded and injured patients to learn or
relearn fly fishing regardless of their injuries. The motions of fly fishing help develop
damaged muscles and improve balance and mobility. The fishing trips help the
patients relax in a different environment from the hospital while he or she uses those
skills and movements to catch fish. Again, the patient's emotional state is improved
by going fly fishing.
While Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Inc. emphasizes the skills of fly fishing
and fly tying to help the patients regain the use of their damaged bodies, perhaps the
greatest benefit is in their realization that a more normal life is possible. Fly fishing
for all fish in all waters can be a lifelong re-creation, both physically and emotionally.
Project Healing Waters in the News
PHWFF Contact Form For Veterans and Volunteers
PHWFF Hold Harmless Agreement Form
PHWFF-Cincinnati Program Leader:
D. Brent Miller - firstname.lastname@example.org - 513 535-8735