New Program Launch, Victoria, BC


program launch in victoria, british columbia

Project Healing Waters Canada is proud to announce a new Program launch for veterans in Victoria, BC.  This event follows the recent introduction of a regional Coordinator.

The first meeting was held at Robinson’s Outdoor store in the city centre. The veterans in attendance were introduced to the art of fly tying.  the best practice for this is to see a demonstration of fly tying in action. A live screen hook-up is also a good way to view the skills needed as well as the final well-tied fly.

Fly shop manager, Matt King, and Ian Muirhead, a renowned BC fly-fishing guide, were there as well. The pair were keen that everyone enjoyed their experience. The veterans were told more about what Project Healing Waters Canada  and what it does.

Furthermore, it is clear that the recruits are more than keen to pursue this new passion. They could not wait to have a go at tying some flies themselves, and the photos show how engaged they are.

Don Smith, our newly appointed BC Provincial Coordinator, an avid fly tyer and fly fisher, was present at the event. He is very enthusiastic to see his fellow veterans’ desire to continue the fly tying adventure.

The next step for this new Program and these veterans includes learning the art of fly-casting. Once this is mastered, they go out onto the water to experience the joys of fly-fishing.

Finally, this introductory event would not have been possible without the financial support of the Royal Canadian Legion. Special mention goes to Esquimalt Dockyard Branch 172, spearheaded by Jim Stephen.

Thank you to all those involved and to the companies who donated the tools for the new fly tyers to use. We appreciate the support.

New Coordinator BC

Coordinator BC

new project healing waters canada coordinator bc


We’re delighted to announce that Don Smith is our new Project Healing Waters Canada Coordinator in British Columbia (BC).

Don is a former engineering officer who retired from the Royal Canadian Navy after a thirty-five year career.

Don was raised in Ottawa, Ontario where he learned to fish at the family cottage near Perth.  After graduating from the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC), Don took up fly fishing during a posting to Halifax.

As he and his family moved across Canada and the United States, fly fishing and fly tying became passions that grew and remain strong to this day.

Don benefited greatly from some excellent mentors. As Coordinator BC,  he hopes to pass on what he knows to the veterans who are novices to fishing.

Proud to have served in the Navy, Don is happy no longer being in an office with four walls. He much prefers the rivers and beaches of Vancouver Island. He lives with his wife, Lynn, (another fisher who is rather more patient than he) in Victoria, BC.

Please join us in giving Don a warm welcome to our Project.

Quebec Fly Tying Marathon

The Quebec program of the Project Healing Waters Canada project is a very active group. The volunteers are always looking for new ways to help veterans. Some form of outing or get-together is always being planned.

One new idea to help veterans with fly fishing needs came to fruition recently.

Quebec Fly Tying Marathon Group
Quebec Fly Tying Marathon Group
quebec fly tying marathon saw good turnout

On Saturday March 25th this year, Quebec members held their first ever fly tying marathon which they called “Tie a fly for a Veteran”. Over twenty regular tyers came for this first event as well some of the group’s regular participants.

Quebec Fly Tying Marathon
Quebec Fly Tying Marathon Participants

As you can see from the photos taken on the day, the marathon was a success. Furthermore, a record number of flies were created and proudly displayed on the group’s supporter board.

Quebec Fly Tying Marathon
Quebec Fly Tying Marathon Board including sponsors

The members of the Quebec program are keen to extend a huge thank you to all of the sponsors who graciously donated material and equipment to make this day special for us and for the veterans.

Please be sure to visit their websites and consider supporting their businesses.

Superfly International  provided all the material for the group to use.
Partridge Hooks donated all the necessary hooks.
UNI Thread Fils Uni supplied the thread and some door prizes.

Other door prize donations came from:

Cortland Fly Line

Royal Wulff Fly Line

Loon Outdoor

Le Coin du Moucheur

Temple Fork Outfitters