After a month of preparation, three veterans in the Hot Springs chapter of Project Healing Waters were ready to put their new fly fishing skills to the test.
Dave Hissom, Brien VanReenen and Rebecca Lawrence joined guide Mike Burns and Pocahontas Fishing Game Adventures owners Ernie Shaw and Roger Trusler.
Once the crew had their gear ready, it didn’t take long for the fish to start biting. Within five minutes of finding a place on the main pond, VanReenen and Hissom were reeling in the trout and keeping score of who caught more.
Lawrence joined the men in the afternoon and was catching her fair share, as well.
The group spent the day perfecting their form on the pond and creek on the property.
The excursion was a first for the Hot Springs chapter which recently formed with the support of Burns. With the help of the chapter, Burns has scheduled individual excursions for all three veterans in the program to give them more experience on different streams.
Project Healing Waters is a non-profit organization founded in 2005 to serve wounded military service members at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. The project has expanded to provide services to disabled veterans nationwide.
For more information on the organization, visit www.projecthealingwaters.org and for the Hot Springs Chapter, contact Burns at firstname.lastname@example.org