Project Healing Waters Pacific City 2023
Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing (PHWFF) is a remarkable nonprofit organization that has profoundly impacted the lives of wounded and disabled veterans across the United States since its inception in 2005. By harnessing the therapeutic power of fly fishing, PHWFF provides veterans with an enjoyable outdoor activity, a supportive community, and a pathway to physical and emotional healing.
This past Monday, a dedicated group of volunteers hosted a deserving group of veterans on the waters of the Nestucca River. While Searun Cutthroat was the target species, Fall Chinook jumped and splashed around our fleet, keeping the focus on each cast. Each of our boats displayed a small American flag, and many of the other anglers on the river asked about the flotilla, giving a thumbs up to our guests.
The concept behind Project Healing Waters is simple yet transformative: Through the art of fly fishing, veterans can find solace, camaraderie, and a sense of purpose. Fly fishing is more than just a sport; it requires focus, patience, and a connection with nature. These elements come together to create an experience that can be profoundly cathartic and rejuvenating for individuals who have experienced war's physical and psychological wounds.
While on the water, the memories of war fade, and the focus is on the fishing and friendships made. I've been organizing this outing since 2010, and I couldn't do it without my volunteers and their boats. So, I'd like to thank Ris Bradshaw, James Baggett, Anthony Marrese, Jacob Noteboom, and my Royal Treatment staff, who were all in attendance this year: Spencer Pelham, Josh Linn, and Randy Stetzer. Thank you everyone for your efforts!