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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.  

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

PHW Holiday Celebration & Annual Award

On December 8th, Project Healing Waters Anchorage hosted a Holiday Celebration and annual awards dinner at the Elks Lodge.  Participants, family members, volunteers and sponsors and donors attended the event.  Several individuals received special awards.  Francesca Popp-Wright was named Participant of the Year and Frank Stevens was named Monty Williams Volunteer of the Year.  Jan Schnorr was given the Phil Johnson Leadership Award, an annual Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing national award for leadership, dedication, and enthusiasm by example. 

A special “Thanks” goes out to the Elks Lodge #2868 located in the Northway Mall, the Fire Island Rustic Bakeshop, and the Wright Brother Cakery for their support and donations.

Tying Clinic Program

Tying sessions started on January 5th and are continuing simultaneously with rod building classes on

Thursdays at the Hatchery.  In addition, the tying clinic at the VA Center in Wasilla is meeting on a weekly basis. 

Rod Building Program

On January 12th, Damond Blankenship started the 7-week rod building classes on Thursdays at the William Jack Hernandez Sport Fish Hatchery.  Twelve participants signed up for the classes.  

All rods and building materials are supplied free of cost by Hook and Hackle.  

For additional information about weekly activities, visit our Facebook page at Project Healing Waters Alaska. 

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

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