Kedgwick Lodge Outing

kedgwick lodge outing as told by gervais jeffrey

Our Kedgwick Lodge Outing began around 10.00 am on the morning of June 7, 2017. Gino Savard and myself, Gervais Jeffrey, are hitting the road. Our destination is the world-renowned Kedgwick Lodge, established in 1886. The Lodge is on the shore of the famous Restigouche River, located in New Brunswick. It is also the home of world class Atlantic salmon fishing.

canadian veterans

Project Healing Waters Canada members have been invited on a Kedgwick Lodge outing for a weekend of fishing. Six Canadian veterans are taking part in this once-in-a-lifetime adventure, fishing in the privately-owned pools on the Restigouche River.

Kedgwick Lodge Outing

Soon after our arrival at the Lodge, Gino and I are directed by the staff to our room. We are told that we will be having a quick lunch around 16:30 pm, just before our evening fishing session.  So we take our time to get our fly-fishing equipment ready before meeting the other participants.

At lunch time we are welcomed by Danny Bird, the Lodge Manager, who tells us the history of the Lodge. Danny also gives us the details of the weekend to come. We are told that we will be fishing from a canoe and with two Micmac guides.

micmac fishing guides

Since the beginning, it has been a tradition that the guides have to be from the Micmac community, and that there are two guides per canoe. So Gino and I are to be guided by Tony and Tommy for the entire weekend. Both of them are seasoned guides and have been employed by the lodge for many years.

Kedgwick Lodge Outing

I can tell you they know the river inside out; when we move from one pool to another, they have no hesitation about the direction and the way to get to the new location. Their advice is essential in order for us to have a chance to fight the mighty Atlantic salmon. If Tony tells you to use this fly, you’d better listen to him otherwise you won’t catch anything!

excellent fishing weather with great results!

We have excellent fishing conditions, plenty of bright silver fresh fish in all the pools, and everyone has a chance to connect with one of these beasts during this fabulous weekend.

Kedgwick Lodge Outing
Gervais, Roby, Wayne, Charles, Andrew and Gino

Danny Bird, Lode Manager, says:

“Our first party of the 2017 season is remarkable. Great memories have been made today for 6 former members of the Canadian Armed Forces. Through Project Healing Waters Canada and Veterans Connecting With Atlantic Salmon, our special guests released a total of 10 big fresh fish (plus a few that were lost). They caught some nice trout, enjoyed perhaps some of the best salmon fishing in North America and some stress-free time in ‘Paradise'”.

In conclusion, I would like to express my sincere thanks to Mr. Goodyear, the main owner of the Kedgwick Lodge, for inviting us and hosting us for this weekend. I don’t want to forget Andrew, who put this adventure together, and his father, Danny, who made sure that we were at home at the lodge.

To all the lodge staff and guides – thank you very much.

Nova Scotia Coordinator

Nova Scotia now has a new Coordinator!

Medric Cousineau (known as ‘Cous’) originally came to Project Healing Waters Canada as a participant.

‘Cous’ graduated from the Royal Military College (RMC). However his career as a naval aviator was cut short by injuries sustained doing Search & Rescue. He was awarded the Star of Courage during this time.

PTSD Survivor
Nova Scotia
Medric and his dog Thai

As a result of his rescue work, Cous understands what it is like to be a survivor of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

His award winning work with Service Dogs and Paws Fur Thought is documented in his book, ‘Further Than Yesterday: That’s All That Counts’. Cous made his experiences public in order to shine the light on the issues veterans face and to help others.

Cous credits Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing Canada and his fishing buddies for helping him find his “happy place”. He likes nothing more than being on the rivers and streams, and at the tying vise.

Consequently, from key fob brookies to trophy fish, Cous is happiest on the water. He is now getting to share his passion and obsession with others.

Nova Scotia
‘Cous’

He loves teaching children Tenkara fishing. Tenkara is the Japanese method of fly-fishing, which uses only a rod, line and fly.

As Nova Scotia Provincial Coordinator, Cous most of all hopes to help others “Heal on the Fly”.

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.