Ottawa Fly tying

Ottawa fly tying

A Mosca Wooly Bugger fly (courtesy of Wikimedia)

Ottawa fly tying sessions are being provided this Winter by volunteers from PHWFF Canada.

These sessions are scheduled to be on a weekly basis, starting Tuesday November 19th, right through until March 2015.

The location will be in the basement of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #593, which is located at 4026 Old Richmond Road, Nepean (Bells Corner), Ontario.

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Location Map

Everyone will meet between 09.30 a m and 13.30 p.m.

We will finish on December 16th, 2014 and start again on January 6th, 2015.

Any veterans who are interested are welcome to come along. Please contact National Program Coordinator, Andre Baril, or Outing Coordinators Marc MacIntyre or Nick Mraovic for more information.

Hoping to see you there!

Wilderness North Event

Annual Wilderness North Fishing Fun (photos submitted by Ron Dunne).

The annual Wilderness North event was attended this year by Ron Dunne, a member of the Project Healing Waters program in Newfoundland.

Accessible only by float plane, the resort is located north of Thunder Bay. It is a beautiful and peaceful location in which to reconnect with nature.

The event is held every year and hosts veterans from both Canada and the USA. The week-long stay has a full program of fly fishing activities, including fly tying, fly casting and rod building.

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Event attendees

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Miminiska Lodge

The group who attended this year were staying at Miminiska Lodge. The weather was hot! There was a mix of experienced and novice anglers, eager to learn and even more keen to catch some walleye.

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Newfoundland representative Ron Dunne with what looks suspiciously like a walleye….

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Now that’s some catch!

How magical to have some freshly caught fish cooked outdoors. The Miminiska Lake was definitely bountiful.

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Grub’s up!

Everyone enjoyed the fishing, the scenery, the guides and the wonderful hospitality. As these photos show, there were certainly some great catches!

For more information about Project Healing Waters at Wilderness North, please take a look at their website.


New Brunswick Trip

Text and photos submitted by Ed Goguen.

New Brunswick’s first event took place between July 21 and July 24 at Rapid Waters Lodge on the Miramichi River. Four veterans with PTSD took part. Although much of the three days was too warm for fishing, we did enjoy fishing Carl MacKay’s private salmon pool.

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Fishing on the Miramichi River

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Fly tying demonstration al fresco

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Veteran casting his line

Besides the fishing and a fly tying demonstration, we enjoyed “time on the deck”, a guitar night of Miramichi and Newfoundland folk songs. The river also afforded us the opportunity to enjoy a 3 hr tube float trip. Throughout, we also feasted on John Cook’s great food.

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Singing some Newfoundland and Miramichi songs

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Nothing like a trip on the river using a float tube!

Special thanks go to the following contributors and volunteers:

  • Rapid Waters Lodge and its owner, John Cook, who donated the great lodging and meals.
  • Isabel Loughead who made the arrangements for fishing water and guiding
  • Carl MacKay for providing his private fishing pool and the entertainment.
  • Atlantic Salmon Federation’s Geoff Giffin and Howie Gould who provided a fly tying demonstration and annual membership in ASF for the participants.
  • Lt. Connor M. Atchison, JPSU, and Glenn Park, OSISS, CFB Gagetown
  • Goguen Architecture Inc. who donated organizational services.

Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing Canada provided each Veteran with a new TFO salmon rod, line, and reel donated by the Royal Canadian Legion.

Ottawa River Fishing

Text by Marc MacIntyre. Photos by Giselle Cardinal.

An Ottawa River Fishing trip took place on 3rd September when PHWFFC volunteers, Nick Mraovic and Marc MacIntyre, took a group of veterans, along with some spouses, to the Britannia beach area of Ottawa.

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Nick Mraovic giving the group some tips and tricks

As most of them had never been out fly fishing, it was a fresh and exciting experience to enjoy with their new TFO fly rods. The rods and reels were supplied thanks to the grant from the Royal Canadian Legion.

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Marc MacIntyre shows a group member how to cast the line.

The fish of the day were Smallmouth Bass. These are fish that, in most cases, are quite happy to tackle dry or wet flies, and are lots of fun on a fly rod. Other species, such as Walleye and Pike, are present on the river and will also take a fly.

Knots and fly selection was the first step in preparing for the day ahead and things went from there. Nick provided some river tips in both casting and presentation.

The weather was cooperative, as was the water for wading, but it was also a bit high after a recent rain so care was taken as everyone was new to wading and fishing.

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Enjoying the water

Veteran Lee Passey was the first to land a small bass, his first fish!

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A surprised Lee catches his first fish!

We even had a service dog, named Bauer, along with us who had a fun day splashing in the water and making some new friends.

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Service dog, Bauer, enjoying being off duty and in the river

All in all it was a fantastic day and we are looking forward to more days out before winter sets in.

Newfoundland News

Newfoundland has an active and lively Project Healing Waters program which has been operating since 2011. Currently, the Director of the Program is Ryan Edwards, a veteran himself.


Ryan Edwards, Newfoundland

For those of you new to our website or indeed, looking to know more about Newfoundland’s program, here are some brief facts:

  • Newfoundland’s program started with four members and now there are eleven –  no doubt more to come!
  • The group has gone on two Atlantic Salmon trips and many small trout trips.
  • It is the only chapter in Canada that meets on a weekly basis!
  • The group members tie flies and build rods in the winter season.
  • The Program has evolved their chapter into a peer support group.

Here is Ryan, on a trip to Denver, Colorado, where he fished with members of the U.S. Project Healing Waters program from that city.


Salmon fishing

Below is a group shot of members of the Newfoundland Project Healing Waters program on an outing to a place called Pipper’s Hole, two hours north of where the group meets. This was the first trip to fish for salmon. Ryan brought along a bottle of Champagne and during lunch the group toasted their fallen brothers.


Newfoundland Project Healing Waters group toasts their fallen brothers

If you want to know more about the group and/or are interested in volunteering, you can find Ryan’s contact details here. The group also has a Facebook page.