Niagara Veteran Event

niagara veteran event

Trout Unlimited Canada and Soldier On arrange a Healing Waters event every year for veterans. This year’s event was in Niagara.

The Niagara Veteran event was planned by the local Chapter of Trout Unlimited Canada.

The Chapter hosted 10 injured soldiers for this Healing Waters event in September.

Over three days the veterans learned about fly casting and fly tying.

A highlight was a lesson from Bill Spicer. Bill is the host of the New Fly Fisher television show. The popular series airs on the Fly Fishing Network.

Volunteers throughout the three days included experts in fly casting.

The soldiers always respond very positively, and some return another year.

As seen here, Chapter member Gary Kosinsky, teaches a soldier how to tie a fly to use the next day to catch trout.

Niagara Veteran Event
Gary Kosinsky teaching a soldier how to tie a fly
Niagara Veteran Event – Press Coverage

Local media publication, the St. Catherine’s Standard, features the event in an online article.

thanks to all

Our thanks go to all the participants and volunteers. We hope to see many veterans return next year.

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

 

Ottawa fly tying

Ottawa fly tying
Mosca Woolly Bugger

 

Winter in Ottawa fly tying

Ottawa fly tying sessions are going to be provided this Winter. The sessions are run by volunteers from Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing Canada.

These sessions are going to take place on a weekly basis. The start date is Tuesday November 19th. They will probably run through the Winter with an anticipated end at some point during March 2015.

The fly tying sessions are all in the basement of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #593.  The map below indicates the location at 4026 Old Richmond Road, Nepean (Bells Corner), Ontario.

Ottawa Fly tying
Location Map

Everyone is going to meet between 09.30 a. m. and 13.30 p.m each session.

Furthermore, as the Holiday season approaches, we are going to finish on December 16th, 2014 . We are due to start the sessions again on January 6th, 2015.

Also please note that equipment and materials are provided for those who need them.

Any veterans who are interested are welcome to come along. For further information, please contact our National Program Coordinator, Andre Baril.

In addition, it is also possible to contact one of the Outing Coordinators, Marc MacIntyre or Nick Mraovic, for help or advice.

We are hoping to see you there!