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Fly fishers cast out to disabled vets

FISHING — Project Healing Waters has reached out through fly fishing to help several dozen Spokane-area disabled veterans since the Spokane-area chapter was founded two years ago.

Members of the Spokane Fly Fishers joined the 173 other volunteer organizations organized with PHW dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled active military service personnel and veterans. The emphasis is on healing through fly fishing, fly tying education and outings.

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The group continues to seek donors of money and good-quality fly fishing equipment for use by the vets as well as volunteers interested in helping outings and clinics.

Contact Norm Scott, (509) 315-8867, email phwffspokane@gmail.com.


Trout TV to feature Project Healing Waters on Crab Creek

FLY FISHING – Spokane anglers treating disabled veterans with fly fishing therapy will be featured on Trout TV on Sunday, March 30 at 4 p.m. on KAYU Fox 28.

Trout TV host Hilary Hutcheson teams with Crab Creek fishing guide G.L. Britton and volunteers from Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing to help vets catch fish and cast away their anxieties from injuries sustained in Vietnam and Iraq.

Project Healing Waters has 140 chapters in 50 states where fly-fishing volunteers reach out to veterans, said Norm Scott, organizer of the chapter serving the Inland Northwest.

And the vets weren't disappointed with the fishing on Crab Creek last spring.

Filming of the show was featured in The Spokesman-Review Outdoors section on May 12, 2013.

See a photo gallery of the filming.

See a video trailer for the Crab Creek program.

  • Trout TV will feature Yakima River fly fishing on April 6 at 5 p.m.

Fly fishing gives Vietnam vet a day of peace

FISHING — The photo above shows Double Spey Outfitters fly fishing guide G.L. Britton in the process of aiding Vietnam-Gulf War veteran Harold Watters of Cheney catch and release a feisty rainbow Tuesday.

They were enjoying the sunny day on a locally organized Project Healing Waters outing at Crab Creek.

Well done.

Had a wonderful day,” Watters said by emaiI last night. “I was able to excape my PTSD for the day, and for that I thank you.”

Fly fishing art, beer featured at benefit for Project Healing Waters

Fly tying and fly fishing artwork will be on display and local brews will be served at a Fly Fishing Art Show to benefit Project Healing Waters, 5 p.m.-8 p.m., Friday Sept. 7, at the Steam Plant, 159 S Lincoln St.

Project Healing Waters addresses the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled active military service personnel and veterans through fly fishing and fly tying education and outings.

The non-profit group is organizing activities in the Spokane area.

Featured artists include:

Greg Piller, Steam Plant’s head brewer, will be offering samples of Steam Plant’s handcrafted beers and Spokane-based Dry Fly Distilling offer tastes of their fly fishing-inspired spirits that use locally-grown grains and botanicals.

Food and drink specials will be offered in Stacks restaurant and the Steam Plant Brewing Co. & Pub 3 p.m.- 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. to closing.

Info: (509) 995-9945