The Mountaineer PHW group after a good day of casting in the VA Park.
Jacob Ott, Director of the Greenbrier Sporting Club drove up from Lewisburg to help us with our casting class. Jacob is a certified Fly Casting instructor and helped all of us with our casting! Our next class we will put everybody’s skills to the test as we try hitting the water.
We are looking for donations of leaders, tippet, and flies to help supply our classes. And as always we are always looking for fly fishermen/women who are interested in volunteering and helping with our classes.
From left to right: Michael Andrew - VA Recreation Therapist, Tom Perrine - VA Recreation Therapist, Phil Johnson - PHW Regional Coordinator, Chad Cooper - MCTU Member/Assistant Program Lead, Chris Byrd - MCTU President
The Mountaineer Chapter will be discussing our possible involvement with Project Healing Waters. PHW is a group that has partnered with various fishing clubs and organizations to promote the therapeutic value that fly fishing can bring to the traumas of war. Our local Veterans Hospital in Clarksburg has contacted Project Healing Waters and asked for a program here. The Veterans Service Partnership Coordinator for Trout Unlimited contacted us in the hopes that our chapter might be interested in helping to start a program here in Clarksburg. For those who are not familiar with PHW here are a couple videos that better describe the program and what it does. If you think you would be interested in helping out with a group the Mountaineer Chapter will be looking to put together come to our Chapter meeting 7pm Oct. 11th at the Bridgeport Civic Center.
Project Healing Waters on ESPN’s Outside the Lines
The River Just Knows – Project Healing Waters