Wednesday, November 12, 2014


SFF at Ft. DeSoto with PHWFF

October 29, 2014 was a sunny and pleasant day and to be with 14 veterans was a special day not only for them but for those of us who helped.  

Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing (PHWFF) is a national program between veterans and local fly fishing clubs to introduce veterans to fly fishing.  John Craig, Tom Gadacz,  Ken Hofmeister, Terry Kirkpatrick, Richard Oldenski, Ted Rich, and Alan Sewell of Suncoast Fly Fishers, a Charter club of the International Federation of Fly Fishers, assisted veterans at Bay Pines Veterans Administration Heath Care System at an outing at Ft. DeSoto, a Pinellas County Park.  

These and many other veterans have spent many hours with fly tying and rod building.  The trip to St. DeSoto gave the veterans on the water experiencewith fly fishing in the Gulf of Mexico. There was plenty of fly fishing, kayaking, and fly casting along with a great lunch.  VA staff member and Recreation Specialist, Peter Jonsson arranged for these veterans and members of their family to have a great time in the sun and waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

1 comment:

  1. I only wish there were a program like this in the Philippines. I have wanted to learn Fly Fishing for as long as I can remember. The closest group of Fly Fishers to me is in Malaysia, not exactly a quick jaunt. Anyway, kudos to Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing.