Fly fishing gear

Local veterans gather to fly fish

FAIRLEA, WV (WVNS) – Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing is a national initiative to help veterans find something new to enjoy.

This group from Lewisburg makes different flies or lures to catch trout, bass and other fish along the local rivers and lakes.

Project manager Ted Martin said the program inspired him to step out of his comfort zone.

“I myself was on this program about twelve years ago at Beckley and I’ve been on it ever since, it’s just camaraderie, commonality, getting out on the water, and just something to do that’s a little better than watching TV,” Martin said.

The group teaches incoming participants how to make a fly, how to make their own rod and, most importantly, how to fly fish.

Martin said it can give veterans a new passion they never thought they could have.

“We are all veterans ourselves and all veterans communicate differently with each other than in public. It kind of gives them back a military family that they were estranged from or used to years ago,” Martin said.

To find out how to participate in fly fishing, visit their website.