By Andrew Frutiger
It’s amazing to see how fly fishing is bringing this group of veterans together, no matter what the task or how new they are, they continue to work as a team and successfully meet every challenge we present them with.
April is Rod Building Month and I was truly impressed with how the veterans are not only meeting this challenge but helping each other as if they had been working together for years. As Don Fine led the first in a series of rod building classes, with assistance from other PVFF members, the veterans dug right in, sanding and marking their blanks, preparing their cork handles, and most importantly, finding the rod’s spline. As each veteran rotated and bent the rod looking for the spine, there were at least 2 or 3 other veterans there to lend a hand if needed so that each member of the group felt confident that they had found the right mark. By the end of the class, every member of the group felt extremely confident in their work and excited about the next class and eventually getting out on the water with their own flies and fly rod!
If you have any questions or would like to participate in any of our upcoming fly tying sessions at Fort Detrick, please reach out to me at any time at firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about the program and follow our Chapter’s progress, follow us on Facebook at: Project Healing Waters – Frederick Chapter.
Our next PHW Meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 28th at 7:00 PM at our NEW LOCATION, the Francis Scott Key Post #11 American Legion, 1450 Taney Avenue, Frederick, MD.