Giving Back Through Project Healing Waters

Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Inc. is dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled active military service personnel and disabled veterans through fly fishing and associated activities including education and outings.  Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing (PHWFF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization incorporated in the State of Maryland. PHWFF is dependent on tax-deductible, charitable donations and the help of numerous volunteers to meet the educational, equipment, transportation, and related needs of its participants.

We have been working with Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Inc. for over ten years, serving the men and women in uniform using the sport of fly fishing as a rehabilitative tool.  Each year our program includes two trips down the Smith River for five days and four nights and two trips staying at Healing Waters Lodge for a week and fishing our local waters.  In our experience with Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, we have the good fortune of witnessing a transformation in a person through the power of fly fishing.  Fly fishing at its best is something closer to religion than sport.  The act of fishing at its core is a quiet, as well as profound affirmation of life.  Instead of telling a service member to “have a nice day”, we can bring them to a special place, mentally and physically, to have a “great day!”  When you open the door to the sport of fly fishing, you create a space where beauty, serenity and peace of mind flow as naturally as the streams and creeks that haunt our imagination.  Our goal, our commitment, and our obligation at Lewis & Clark Expeditions and Healing Waters Lodge is to offer our continued support to our service members.  We will be doing trips for Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing in 2017, 2018, 2019…and as long as there is a wounded service member with a desire to hold a fly rod, there will be a place for them on the rivers we fish.

Contributions to our programs can be made directly to Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Inc., please designate your donation to Mike Geary’s Smith River/Healing Waters Lodge trips.  If you are interested in being a sponsor and/or volunteer, or need more information, please contact Mike Geary at 406-459-2030 or hwlodgemt@gmail.com.

 

Trout Unlimited is the singular strongest advocate we have in the state of Montana for trout and trout habitat.  We are lifetime members and active participants in our local Lewis & Clark Chapter 656 of Montana Trout Unlimited.  Mike Geary, owner of Healing Waters Lodge and Lewis & Clark Expeditions Fly Fishing Outfitters is actively involved with the local chapter and lifetime member of Montana Trout Unlimited which supports and engages in activities of  the local biologist for Montana’s Fish, Wildlife, and Park; the Beaverhead Watershed Committee; FWP Smith River Corridor Committee; Upper Missouri Waterkeeper and more.  Supports and actively involved with Montana Land Reliance-Ruby Habitat Foundation in the heart of the Ruby valley.

 

Montana Land Reliance Ruby Habitat Foundation are partner conservation organizations working to make the Ruby Valley and the state of Montana a better place.  The Montana Land Reliance is a private land conservation organization that works statewide with landowners to protect agricultural lands, fish and wildlife habitat, and open space through voluntary conservation easements.  Since its establishment in 1978, it has protected nearly one million acres of deeded private land and over 1,600 miles of stream frontage in Montana.

The Ruby Habitat Foundation participates in the stewardship of the Woodson Ranch in the Ruby Valley.  They are committed to the compatibility of agriculture, wildlife and trout streams, creating a ranch that flourishes as an example of excellent stewardship.  They also create a program that keeps sections of the ranch open to the public for fishing.  They can be supported by contacting David Delisi at 406-660-2709 or dave@rubyhabitat.org