View Full Version : Fly Fishing Therapy Great Story !!!

08-14-2010, 07:23 AM
Posted: 8/13/2010
Some wounded veterans from all across the country made their way to Lake County to learn how to fly fish.

For them, casting a line means a lot more than catching fish, it's a way to help them heal from what they've been through. Servicemen traveled to Baldwin for a weekend of fishing therapy along the Pere Marquette River. Throughout the weekend veterans will learn how to cast a fly rod and how to fish.

The veterans say they use this time to help each other work through their recovery. The veterans will continue their fly fishing knowledge through Sunday.

9&10's Cali O'Rourke and photojournalist Evan Dean went out and discovered the emotional benefits the sport has.

Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing makes these trips possible for the wounded veterans. For more information on the organization, click the link below!

08-14-2010, 08:20 PM
I've heard of this before. What a great program!

I learned how to fly fish just last month out west. Or sort of learned. It really is a blast to catch a trout on a fly rod.

Great post!

08-16-2010, 05:34 PM
Actually if you put a small poper or "ant" float on the end of that fly rod and head out to your local fishing spot, you will have a blast catching bluegills and sunfish (brim)...and don't forget to take the kids, cause they will learn how to backcast without all the trees and brush associated with stream fishing and it is pretty hard to spook a bluegill.

Also in the late evening, put a hair bug on there (bigger lure) and catch some large mouth....they will tow you around pretty well.

All is great fun and as you perfect your casting abilities, then move on up to stream fishing for trout.

This isn't for everyone but it is fun once you learn and can do it reliably.