The Project’s program provides basic fly fishing, fly casting, fly tying and rod building classes for the wounded and injured personnel ranging from beginners to those with prior fly fishing and tying experience who are adapting their skills to their new abilities. All equipment and materials are provided to the participants, including equipment that accommodates their special needs.
Long Beach Casting Club is proud to be one of the first clubs in the country to host a Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing program in a VA hospital. Since our program’s beginning in May 2007, we have worked with veterans with both physical and psychiatric disabilities, young and old, male and female. Our group has included a World War II vet, as well as those who served in Korea, Vietnam, the First Persian Gulf War, Iraq and Afghanistan.
The program at the Long Beach VA hospital includes year-round of classes in fly tying, fly casting, rod building and fly fishing basics, as well as fishing outings. Equipment and materials are provided to the participants at no cost, including adaptive equipment when necessary.
Our fishing trips are both one day local outings, as well as overnight trips. In a typical year, we may have overnight trips to Bishop, Redding, the Bighorn River in Montana and Mammoth. Several of our participants have been selected to participate in national PHWFF fishing trips to Montana, Wyoming, Maine, Michigan, Virginia, Colorado and Alaska – and Costa Rica.
If you would like more information about Project Healing Waters, please go to the national website at projecthealingwaters.org. If you would like to donate to or volunteer at the Long Beach Casting Club Project Healing Waters, please contact Program Lead Carole Katz at (714) 731-6044.