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Project Healing Waters (PWH)

Project Healing Waters (PWH) is dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled active military service personnel and veterans through fly fishing.  PHW was founded in 2005 at Walter Reed Army Medical Center with the help of local Trout Unlimited (TU) and Federation of Fly Fishers (FFF) volunteers. PWH Alaska was established in 2010 by the AFF and is coordinated by AFF volunteers. PHW staffs tying clinics at three locations for active injured military service members and disabled veterans.  The regular fly tying session meets at the William Jack Hernandez Sport Fish Hatchery on Thursdays from 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm; the tying clinic at the VA Center in Wasilla is meeting on a weekly basis.

For additional information about activities, trips, becoming a volunteer, or donating equipment, money or tying materials, please contact PHW at or Jan Schnorr at or visit the PWH Facebook page.

PWH Happenings

Annual Family Fishing Picnic

On June 1st, PHW hosted its annual family fishing picnic at the Green Lake Cabin on JBER. With the temperatures hovering around 70+ degrees, everyone thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon and evening picnic. More than 40 people enjoyed the activities. The event started with the excitement of spotting a black bear near the cabin; Mike and Manfred chased it away so the kids could go outside. Bob and Duane fired up the grills and everyone enjoyed the food, fellowship and desserts without being attacked by bugs - a true rarity this time of year; then off to fishing on the lake where the bows were very cooperative and everyone caught fish. A special thanks goes out to George Cook, Sage Representative, who generously donated his time to give casting lessons to participants during the afternoon.

National PHWFF Bamboo Bend Event - Dale Aki

During the past year, I have been participating in Project Healing Waters in Anchorage and the programleaders recommended me for a special Bamboo Rod Bend event held in Grayling Michigan May 6th -14th. This event consisted of 5 days of bamboo rod building and then 2 days of guided fishing trips on the famed Ausable and Manistee Rivers. The day came to leave for Michigan as most Alaskans know that to get anywhere east in the lower 48, you need to leave a day earlier than anyone else. I was picked up at Traverse City airport to travel one and a half hours to Grayling Michigan. Our accommodations were at a one hundred plus year old private club named the Oxbow on the South Branch of the famous Ausable River, where I waited for the rest of the members of the 2017 Bamboo Bend class. These PHWFF veterans came from different parts of the country as well as military services and eras.

New PHWFF Region

Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Inc. announced the formation of a new region – Alaska. TheAnchorage program was previously in the Northwest Region but will now be part of the Alaska region. Jan Schnorr was appointed the Regional Coordinator and will assume her responsibilities on June 1st.

Alaska Fly Fishers, 200 W 34th Ave, Suite 1233, Anchorage, AK 99503

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