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.
Our New Brunswick Miramichi River trip took place between July 21 and July 24 2014, at Rapid Waters Lodge. Four veterans with PTSD took part. While most of the three days were too warm for fishing, we did enjoy fishing Carl MacKay’s private salmon pool.
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Besides the fishing activity and a fly tying demonstration, we enjoyed “time on the deck”, a guitar night of Miramichi River and Newfoundland folk songs. Furthermore, the river also afforded us the opportunity to enjoy a three hour tube float trip. Throughout the trip, we also feasted on John Cook’s great food.
Special thanks go to the following contributors and volunteers: