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August 1, 2017

The double haul cast. Like a lot of fly casting options, it’s a whole lot harder to think about than it is to do. For sure, once you’ve learned how you’ll wonder what all the fuss was about. Done right, a good 2-haul practically casts line for you.

If you’re fishing sma...

May 3, 2017

I was very lucky to be in the right place at the 11th Annual 2-Fly this past Sunday and caught a quick movie of Emma Jo Williams landing a 19” trout – with a little help from her Dad, Josh.

On it’s own, this is a really fine story. But in larger context, Emma Jo and her...

April 29, 2017

Somewhere around Maryland or Virginia, a bluegill turns into a bream. And that's pronounced 'brim' like the shady part on y'all's straw hat.

Geography and dialect aside, the fish are the same. Though here at the Rose River Farm ponds, they're big enough to fill a 12" p...

April 27, 2017

Every year at the end of April for the past decade, Project Healing Waters has hosted veterans from across the country for the annual 2-Fly Tournament at Rose River Farm. It's just up the road from Criglersville on the Old Blue Ridge Turnpike, almost to Syria, Virginia...

April 6, 2017

I met Capt. Ed Nicholson, USN (Ret.) at a DC-region fly fishing show early in 2005. He was standing next to an empty table with a hand-written poster taped onto a wastebasket. “Take a Vet Fishing” the sign said.

Truth be told, it wasn't much to look at. 

The sign fell. T...

March 7, 2017

I came to know Brian one warm afternoon as we sat by a river and rested while fishing. We talked quietly and laughed and I saw his strength and grace and connection to God.

He was, to me, an amazing man.

I’ve stayed connected to Healing Waters because of Brian and men li...

March 5, 2017

Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing started over ten years ago when Ed Nicholson had a simple idea:

"Hey, let's take some vets fishing".

So some folks from the DC area got together in early 2005. We started by helping a few wounded vets from Walter Reed go pond fishing at...

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