promoting the sport of fly fishing through education and conservation
       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 needs.

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 hospital: 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  -  -  513 535-8735