Raffle tickets / Billets pour le tirage

Good morning everyone. I would like to let you know that we should be starting the sale of our raffle tickets in early February. Our first prize consists of a complete bamboo fly rod outfit. The Bamboo rod is fabricated by Marcel Duval from Winnipeg, MB. The rod is a 4 weight 7′9″ rod 2 pieces with an extra tip. The Stamp River reel was fabricated in Port Alberni, BC, by Dan Holder the reel will come with backing and a Scientific Angler Amplitude WF4F line. This outfit as a total value of $2500 Our second price is an artistic hand tied fly fabricated by Tom Herr from the USA. Value of $500. Our third prize consists of a handmade fly box fabricated by a veteran and containing flies tied veterans from across Canada value of $250.
Tickets are available and you can contact me by email and I will then direct you where you can get tickets. The cost of a ticket is $10 Ea and it will be only 2000 of them printed. The draw will be held in Rockland, Ontario, on June the 17.
All proceed will be used to enhance Project Healing Waters Canada.
Thank you for supporting us in helping us to heal those who serve.
The picture of the rod and reel are only a sample.
We accept interact transfer only.

For ticket contact gervaisjeffrey4@gmail.com<mailto:gervaisjeffrey4@gmail.com>

Bonjour vous tous, j’aimerais porter à votre attention que la vente de nos billets pour le tirage est maintenant débuté.
Le premier prix consiste en un ensemble complet pour la pêche à la mouche : Cane en bambou fabriqué par Marcel Duval de Winnipeg Mb. C’est une cane en bambou refendu de deux pièces de 7’9’’ avec deux pointes pour une soie 4. Un moulinet fabriqué par Dan Holder de Port Alberni, B.C. modèle Stamp River pour soie 4/5 de couleur noire/argent. Le moulinet vient avec la soie de réserve et une soie WF4F de Scientific Angler Amplitude d’une valeur de plus de 2500 $.  Les photos de la canne et du moulinet sont à titre d’indicatif seulement.
Notre deuxième prix consiste en une mouche artistique pour le saumon. Cette mouche est montée sur un hameçon forgé à la main et le tout monté par Tom Herr des É.-U.  Valeur de plus de 500 $.
Notre troisième prix est une boîte pour ranger les mouches en bois fabriqué par un vétéran ébéniste et contenant des mouches fabriqué par des vétérans de partout au Canada d’une valeur de plus 250 $.

Les profits sont pour Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing Canada.
Merci de nous encourager et de nous aider à aider ceux qui ont servi.
Nous acceptons les transferts interact seulement
Pour des billets, contactez
Gervaisjeffrey4@gmail.com<mailto:Gervaisjeffrey4@gmail.com>

Fly Fishing Healing on the Albany

FLY FISHING IN NORTHERN ONTARIO

Contributed by Gervais Jeffrey

I’m just back from a joint fly fishing venture with our American counterparts at  Project Healing Waters.  We went on a fabulous fishing trip in Northern Ontario.

This adventure starts on the morning of July 19th. I travel from Ottawa to Thunder Bay with 2 other participants, Marina and Mercier.

On arriving, we meet at the Thunder Bay airport with the US trip leader, and proceed to the Prince Arthur Hotel for an overnight stay. We finally meet Carl, our Canadian participant, who is from Timmins.

settling in

We get all settled into our rooms then we gather in the hotel lobby.We are to finally meet the rest of the US participants, Tom, John, Ed and Bruce. Then we go to dinner and continue to mingle until we part ways around 9 pm after a long day of travel for all of us.

There’s nothing better than a good night’s sleep before getting up, bright and early, the next morning for the flight. It will take us to our final destination at the Miminiska Lodge where we will be fishing for the next six days.

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Raising the flags

Finally arriving at our final destination, we get settled into our assigned cabin and rooms. We then got all our fishing rods ready for our first evening of fishing.

Right after a healthy dinner, some of us went out fly fishing and scouting around the lodge. It didn’t take too long for some of us to hook our first fish of this upcoming memorable fishing trip to come.

I stayed behind in order to get the tying room ready for making our own and special flies in the days to come. We all retired early that night due to the travelling done and the early starts of those previous days before arriving to the camp.

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The Healing on the Albany group
first day

On our first morning after an excellent breakfast, we had a small flag raising ceremony to underline the camaraderie and friendship of being brothers-in- arms. The American and Canadian flags flew for the entire time of this great venture.

From that morning on, we visited and fished various parts of Miminiska Lake and tributaries. Each and everyone of us caught our fair share of walleye (pickerel for Carl) and northern pike.

the big catch

The largest walleye was caught by Marina, a whopping 261/2 inches, and granted her the walleye Master Angler pin. As for the largest northern pike caught, this was a nice, 371/2 inches catch by John.  Unfortunately it was missing a small 2 1/2 in for qualifying for the northern pike Master Angler pin.

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Marina with her catch
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John with his catch

Those dreams days came to an end.  Early morning of the 26th July, we all boarded the plane that brought us back to Thunder Bay.

Upon our arrival, we went to the Prince Arthur hotel where our American counterpart had to stay an overnight before returning home. For us Canadians, we had to kill few hours before our own departure, either for Ottawa or Timmins.

This gave us the time to have our last lunch as a group and to say our goodbyes before going our separate ways. Each of us departed with memories that will remain for the rest of our lives. We all hope to meet each other again on the water somewhere.

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Ready to catch the plane

In conclusion, I would like to extend our sincerest thanks to Allan and Krista Cheeseman. They provided the opportunity for Project Healing Waters (US) and Project Healing Waters Canada to live the exceptional experience of fly fishing in this pristine water. Thanks also to their Miminiska staff who gave us exceptional service when we were at the lodge.

Thank you very much for caring those who serve.

about gervais
fly fishing
Gervais Jeffrey

Gervais Jeffrey is the national director of Project Healing Waters Canada. He retired in 2012 from the Canadian Armed Forces, at the rank of Warrant Officer, after 41 years of service. Gervais has been volunteering with the program since 2010. He opened programs in Quebec and Montreal. He has moved to the Ottawa area and is now working to expand the program within Canada.

Quebec Fly Tying Marathon

Fly Tying Marathon

fly tying marathon

The Second Annual fly tying marathon was held by the Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing Canada program on Saturday February 10th in Quebec City.

A total of 28 participants were present for the event, a mixture between Healing Waters participants and fly tying guests. All the flies tied will be used by our participants during our official summer outings.

I would like to extend my sincerest thanks to all participants who came and tied flies for our veterans. A special thank you goes to Gaspé Fly who donated prizes for our draws.

The event was a great success all round. Here are a couple of pictures. Thanks go to Nedia Couthinho, our official photographer.

Fly Tying Marathon
Marathon de montage de mouches

Bonjour,

Le 10 février, nous avons tenu notre deuxieme Marathon de montage de mouches.

Nous étions vingt-huit au total, un beau mélange de participants des Eaux curatives et monteurs invités.

Toutes les mouches qui ont été montées durant cette journée, celles-ci nous serviront pour nos participants lors de nos futures sorties estivales.

fly tying marathon

J’aimerais remercier tous les monteurs qui sont venus participer à cet évènement un gros merci à tous les monteurs qui ont participé à l’évènement et un merci spécial aux bénévoles qui ont administré l’évènement.

Un merci spécial à Gaspé Fly pour nous avoir fourni les prix de présence.

Encore une fois, nous pouvons dire que ce fut un succès sur toute la ligne.

Merci à Nédia Couthinho pour les belles photos.

 

(Report from Phil de Guise)