Vendor Spotlight: Fly Fishing Organizations Helping our Communities

Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing  began in 2005 serving wounded military service members at Walter Reed Army Medical Center returning from combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. Since then, PHWFF has expanded nationwide, establishing its highly successful program in Department of Defense hospitals, Warrior Transition Units, and Veterans Affairs Medical Centers and clinics.

Project Healing Waters brings a high-quality, full-spectrum fly fishing program to an ever-expanding number of disabled active military service personnel across the Veterans Affairs Healthcare System, in Military Hospitals and the Warrior Transition Command. We focus our resources wherever the need is greatest and expand our partner base in the process. PHWFF has become recognized as an innovative leader and model in the field of therapeutic outdoor recreation for the disabled, through its successful application of the sport of fly fishing as a rehabilitation tool.

The mission of Casting for Recovery is to enhance the quality of life of women with breast cancer through a unique retreat program that combines breast cancer education and peer support with the therapeutic sport of fly fishing. The program offers opportunities for women to find inspiration, discover renewed energy for life and experience healing connections with other women and nature.  f Casting for Recovery serves women of all ages, in all stages of breast cancer treatment and recovery, at no cost to participants.


The Maryland Chapter of Trout Unlimited (MDTU) was formed in 1971 and currently has over 800 members. These members largely live in Baltimore City and in Baltimore and Harford Counties.

Mission: To conserve, protect and restore North America’s cold-water fisheries and their watersheds.

Vision: By the next generation, Trout Unlimited will ensure that robust populations of native and wild cold-water fish once again thrive within their North American range, so that our children can enjoy healthy fisheries in their home waters.

MDTU is a regional chapter of Trout Unlimited, a national non-profit organization with 147,000 members dedicated to conserving, protecting and restoring North America’s cold-water fisheries and their watersheds. From forested rivers like the Farmington in Connecticut to the pristine waters of Alaska’s Bristol Bay and all points in between, TU’s work spans nearly a million miles of cold water all across North America.

TU has a basic approach to its conservation strategy. First, we use the best available science to protect headwater spawning habitat for trout and salmon. We reconnect tributaries with their rivers to ensure resilience, and we restore waters where development has impacted trout and salmon and the opportunity to fish for them.

The Mayfly Project is committed to our 1:1 mentor ratio when working with children in foster care because we know they value time with their mentor, and it’s the most efficient way to teach fly fishing. The memories made by celebrating successes, working through wind knots together, and giving high fives after letting go a fish, all surmount to essential experiences for our mentees.

During each project outing the children we mentor participate in our Conservation Initiative. We teach the three C’s: Catch and Release, Clean Rivers, and Contamination. Our mentees join in a cycle of healing by taking care of the waters we are privileged to experience and the fish we are honored to catch and release.

The Mayfly Project’s standard program is to mentor a foster child through five sessions we call “stages”, just like the life cycle of a Mayfly.  Within these stages, the children learn line management, casting techniques, knot tying, some etymology, river safety, mending tactics, hook setting, catch and release tactics, and the value of conservation. At the end of the five stages the child is gifted their own gear to continue to pursue fly fishing.

The mission of the Pennsylvania Fly Fishing Association is to promote and advance fly fishing across the Keystone State. The PFFA was organized to   bring more individuals into fly fishing, targeting our youth, families and beginners that feel they want to experience the pleasures of fly fishing.  We feel by working and partnering with other non profits, that by enhancing their opportunities, and by working together, we may accomplish our mutual goals more efficiently. Trout Unlimited, Project Healing Waters, Fly Fisher’s International, Fly Fishing and Conservation Camps, the Scout Fly Fishing Merit Badge Program, The USA Youth Fly Fishing Team, Casting For Recovery, are just a few of nonprofits we try to assist.




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