By: Fred Timms
Once again this year, the PHWFF Spokane program was invited to attend the 2-Fly on the Yakima
River Tournament, hosted by the PHWFF Northwest Regional Coordinator, Chuck Tye and his team.
(Note: This is an annual event) Chuck reserved 4 boats for Spokane – enough for four vets and four
volunteers. Come join us next year in this fun event held in Ellensburg, WA. Chuck puts on this
terrific event every year providing some outstanding meals, rounding up an armada of boats and tons
of prizes for all.
This year’s participants: Jerry Foster, David Heberer, Terry Fiala and George Davis
This year’s volunteers: Jerry Griffin, Dan Wight and Jacob VanVleck
We can always use a few more VOLUNTEERS.
Probably one of the best highlights of the trip was George Davis being given his own 9’0” 5-wt fly rod
outfit by the guide team: Nick and Steve Fellander, two brothers from Trout Unlimited’s Kitsap-
Olympic Peninsulas – Chapter 383, both were so impressed with George’s fly fishing skills that when
they heard George had to borrow a 5-weight fly rod for this trip, they both got together and gave him
one. To say the least, George was very excited to be the proud owner of a new fly rod outfit!
PHWFF/SPOKANE CANCER SURVIVOR GROUP FISH OUTING
A Veteran’s Cancer Survivor’s Group Fishing Trip by Lori Post
A few PHWFF Spokane members participated in Casting for Cancer Survival Veterans. They had a wonderful outing on the Columbia River, north of Pasco. Beginning the day launching their boat at Ringold boat launch into the Columbia River; Darrell Larson, John Pardee and his son, Tom, and Lori Post were the lucky guests on “Caps” Greg Couch’s’ boat. He’s a great tour guide along with his friend, Joe. We all appreciate their guides taking time to take us out on the waters. We really had a great time. A little rain, wind and sunshine made for a non-binding day. John Pardee caught two salmon right away in the morning. I, Lori Post, finally caught my salmon about an hour before we left for the return trip home.
Remember we are always in need of “volunteers” with the commitment and fortitude to give back to those that gave their all for those here at home.
PROJECT HEALING WATERS
By: Craig Adams
Individuals with boats who are willing to take our members out on scheduled fishing events are needed immediately. Most of our members are not capable of wading/walking rivers and streams. Lake fishing is their primary means of enjoying the sport of fly fishing.
I am putting together a list of club members who would be willing to supply both their time and boats towards helping our veterans. You would not be required to support every function, and you would be contacted prior to each scheduled event to find out if you are available or not.
Contact Craig Adams, 509-999-5660, firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to get added to this list, or if you have questions.
Lake Langlois Trip Report
Eight Project Healing Waters members made a trek over the mountains to Langlois Lake near Carnation on 15 April, 2016, to participate in an event sponsored by the Westside chapter.
We fished on the 16th and the weather was perfect, sunny and 65 degrees. The support was so great that we actually had more boats available than participants. The lake had been stocked the week before with 5000 catchable trout, and we had permission to fish before the general season opened.
The smiles on the members returning from fishing were blinding. Every boat caught at least 25 fish and one of our individual caught 50 fish by himself.
This was a great example of what our support can do. So if you have a boat for June 10th-12th and are willing to donate some time to take someone fishing the rewards can be gratifying.
Contact Craig Adams 999-5660.
Lake Langlois Trip Report
By: Fred Timms
As the Holiday seasons emerge upon us, let’s briefly reflect a bit on our activities throughout the past year. Early on in the summer, we had a change of leadership and development within the local PHWFF Spokane Chapter. Exciting things happened and changed a bit along the way.
We were not only able to focus more attentively on tying local fly patterns, we also showcased some of the “local bugs” (entomology) associated with them too. This allowed us to go on several outings throughout the summer and fall and try out those very flies on local waters bringing us up to the current season.
Several members were also able to experience some very nice activities not only within PHWFF Spokane group but also on a few outings along with the SFF Club and several other Volunteers from the local and surrounding communities too.
We’ve begun to develop a very nice tying program revolving around the actual bugs that are in our local and surrounding areas. A few members have even had the opportunity to catch a few very nice fish on their own flies, virtually sharing that very experience with others. We are also developing an ongoing casting program that helps all of us improve our skills in that area.
As you know the Spokane Fly Fishers recently had their annual “benefit “fly auction. PHWFF/Spokane also provided a few volunteers to assist in making this event happen. We respectively donated a few flies to assist them in raising some funds for the Spokane Fly Fishers.
We want to thank the Spokane Fly Fishers for recognizing the veterans during their auction and offering a “FREE” meal to all those veterans who attended.
PHWFF Spokane at this time wants to thank all those that have contributed to making this program such a success. On that note, we also wish to thank the Children from Rice’s Landing, Pennsylvania, for recognizing PHWFF Spokane and all veterans by making individual handmade cards thanking us for
The PHWFF Spokane Chapter has been very busy lately. We’ve recently had some pretty important visitors: from Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ office, Mr. John Davis and Miss Melanie Steele came by to see how the program was doing and learn how the Veterans in the program were enjoying fly tying and the other PHWFF activities.
PHWFF Spokane is heading onward and upward in developing a warm and safe environment for all Veterans through the art of fly tying and fly fishing, thus allowing them the abilities to showcase their own individual abilities and skills in a therapeutic and healing manner. They have had several opportunities to be out on the waters: reminisce and return to the quiet phases of fishing in which they thought were lost forever. They’ve also been relishing the chance to go fishing with old and new found friends in order to relax and have fun: whether on the rivers or just sitting in a boat on one of our many local lakes: the tranquil aspects of the events they participated in, allowed them to get away and escape to another place in their minds by reminiscing of past times or creating new memories along the way.
Due to our current significant growth (as you can see this is the size of our classes lately, “all three days per week,” VAMC/CLC and VAOC) we need some volunteers (class participants) to step up in order to help assist the instructors during class in getting personnel signed in on the attendance roster as well as helping them hand out the different materials we will be using for that day’s class. Having mentors step up to assist along the way would be a nice asset as well. If you’re interested in helping the great men and women out, please feel free to contact Fred Timms/PHWFF Spokane Chapter PL, (email@example.com).
September 2015 Update
Our latest activities are as follows: We’d like to let you know that we are currently “restructuring” our program so that we may be able to encompass and meet a broader scope of elements as they develop in the future.
It goes without saying that these past few weeks have been busy ones to say the least. The Spokane Chapter has been active in the local area participating and showcasing a booth at the Big Horn Show and has been asked to attend, showcase and participate in the North Idaho Sportsman’s Expo coming up May 15th-17th as well. The veterans finished up their rod building classes (completed with the help and watchful eyes of Al Barrett (custom rod builder) and assistant Rick Newman, and we’ve submitted the rods that were completed to the annual judging competition at Hook and Hackle Fishing Supply. We’ve also spent some time show-casing and speaking at the SFF Extravaganza, local colleges, Veteran’s Clubs as well as some new engagements with Veterans Outreach Programs in conjunction with the Coeur d’Alene St. Vincent DePaul Veterans Reintegration Program, Inland Empire FFC, and the Blind Disabled Veterans Group.
We’ve also been busy with fly tying activities at both locations: VA Hospital (CLC) and VA Outreach Center in the Valley (13109 Mirabeau Pkwy), “come and join us sometime”. Along with this, a group of our Veterans were invited and attended an outing with the PHWFF Regional Coordinator/Chuck Tye and the Joint Base Lewis McChord Chapter at Langlois Lake, Carnation, WA. Please check out our PHWFF Spokane Facebook Page to see how these guys not only had a great time but won the most fish caught category, hands down; plus we enjoyed a bit of what Mother Nature had to offer for the day as well. With the fishing season close at hand, we’re looking forward to seeing you on the waters.
By: Norm Scott
It has been a couple of months since I have written to you on our Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing activities, so let’s get started. Last month we kicked off our 3rd rod building class for the PHWFF Rod Building Competition. This year we have 13 Veterans participating, some for the first time and others for their second attempt. Nationally, the Rod Building Program, like the PHWFF Program itself, has continued to grow. I think the number of Programs (such as ours) participating last year were 45, while this year there are over 75 Programs involved in the rod building efforts. All of the rods being built this year will be submitted to the rod building program at Hook and Hackle Outfitters for judging in mid- April and will be returned to the builder after judging. The rods will be theirs to keep.
We are now thinking about fishing. Two of our volunteers, Mike Fortney and Fred Timms (new member) took one of the PHWFF veterans over to Rocky Ford last week and he landed his first trout on a fly rod; a 28 inch Rainbow. Nice job!
Thomas Haynes Veteran & Mike Fortney Thomas 1st fly rod catch
And, lastly, I have had the honor and pleasure of being involved with the PHWFF Program here with the SFF for the past 5 years, and I think we have made some headway with the Program. That was accomplished with a lot of VIPs, namely, all of those volunteers in SFF who have made it possible. They are: Mike Fortney, Rick Newman, Mike Ainsworth, Fred Timms, Lynn Keener, Bob Kowal, Dan Wells, Ed Chezem, Judy Kauffman, Kurt Tempel, Mike Berube, Brad Thompson, Steve Wright, Dan Wight, Joe Ford, Carl Griffin, and Mike Keegan. Also those volunteers outside of SFF include: Gerald Sullivan, Al Barrett and Rob Leslie. Thank You All. That said, it is time for me to step aside and bring in some fresh ideas and new energy for the Program. Fred Timms, USAF Veteran and new member of SFF, has eagerly volunteered to take over for me. Fred has a lot of energy and brings his years of fly fishing experience and involvement with TU and other PHWFF Programs from the West side. Please give Fred the support all of you have given me over this past time. Thank You!
By: Norm Scott PHWFF Program Lead
It’s amazing just how fast the year goes by. It seems like we just held a Fly Fishing 101 series of classes for our Veterans for 2013, but here we are conducting another series of those classes for another 16 Veterans. A big “THANKS” to Mike Berube, Dan Ferguson, Brad Thompson, Judy Kaufman, Kurt Tempel and Dan Wight for spending their Saturday mornings holding classroom sessions at the VA Outreach Center to ensure the new group gets started in fly fishing with the right information.
PHWFF, Inc. held a fly tying contest among the Veterans recently. Two of our members, Harold Waters and Chris Mastel, entered their flies in the National Contest; winners have not been announced yet. We are keeping our fingers crossed for them.
As we look toward the new year, we will be starting yet another rod building classes for 8-10 more Veterans. This will be the third year we have held these and they are gaining popularity. Information will be forthcoming to our PHWFF Veterans.