Engaging tomorrow's fishermen


Project Healing Waters is dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled active duty military personnel and veterans through introducing or rebuilding the skills of fly tying and fly fishing.


The Project Healing Waters program was first introduced in the Pacific Northwest at Madigan Army Hospital in the Spring of 2007.

It was later introduced at the Seattle VA Hospital in April of 2008, initially in Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Unit, and then in the Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Unit.

We are currently Operating at the Compass House for veterans in Renton on Tuesdays 1000-1200.  Also, we work at American Lake on Thursdays from 1445-1615.  We have a monthly fishing outing from March through October.  There are two annual outings; one in the May-July time period at a private ranch west of Port Angeles called Pooh’s Pond and another in September on the Yakima River near Ellensburg which is 3 days at the KOA camp ground, with a float trip.


This program is made possible through the combined efforts of volunteer instructors and many donations by estates and generous folks!

The Washington Fly Fishing Club volunteer instructor team includes club members Chuck Ballard, Bob Birkner, Dick Brening, Hugh Clark, Greg Crumbaker, Rich Gaspar, Scott Hagen, Jim McRoberts (group leader), Dick Stearns, DeVonne Wells, Walt Swanson, John Townsell, and Bob Young. army-hospital-fly-tying-sessionmallard-lake-fishing-sessionproject-healing-water-picture-1

Click PROJECT HEALING WATERS for more information about this program.

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