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Project Healing Waters, Pittsburgh, PA – All veterans or active duty military with a disability are eligible to participate at no cost.

Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Inc. (PHWFF) 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. PHWFF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and 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. PHWFF began in 2005 serving wounded military service members at Walter Reed Army Medical Center returning from combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. Since then, PHWFF has expanded nationwide, establishing over 200 highly successful programs in Department of Defense hospitals, Warrior Transition Units, and Veterans Affairs Medical Centers and clinics.

The PHWFF Pittsburgh Program will be holding two new Fly Tying sessions for disabled veterans. One will be held at Upper St. Clair’s McLaughlin Run Recreation Center the 4th Wednesday of the month. The other will be held at The Stephen Foster Center in Lawrenceville every other Wednesday night. We tie flies and build rods at the Aspinwall VA every Monday, and host fishing outings year round.

All veterans or active duty military with a disability are eligible to participate at no cost. For more information or to sign up, please contact Amanda Thompson at:

My honor to work with our nation’s heroes

Those who protect our great nation are truly heroes. We owe so much to them that it’s hard to know where to start. This year I volunteered my time and talents to work with military veterans through Project Healing Waters. Once again, I am humbled to work with men and women who have put their lives on the line to provide me with the freedom to pursue hobbies like fly fishing.

We had a great day on Yellow Creek. All the folks caught fish, shared stories, and made new friends. The soldier I worked with told me numerous times that he would go back to military service again, and it was hard to let go.

We worked on casting, as you know my most favorite subject, and managed to catch a one on a dry fly. Sweet!

I’m looking forward to working again with these brave heroes. With God’s blessing I will.

Take a moment to visit the Project Healing Waters website. I know you too will find a way to honor these men and women.

Fly Fishing Schools for Spring 2017

Our fly fishing schools have something for everyone. Whether you are just starting to learn how to fly fish or interested in advancing your knowledge and skills. Join us this spring and learn basic and advanced fly fishing skills. Beginner courses are designed to take an absolute beginner and have them successfully fly fishing by the end of the day. The advanced courses take you to the next level and beyond. Classes are intentionally planned for early spring in order to provide you with the skills to fish successfully through this year’s prime season.

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Vote for your favorite Pennsylvania river 2017


We enjoy sharing with you the wonderful rivers and streams Pennsylvania offers for fly fishing. So it’s nice to see the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources launch a contest aimed at publicizing Pennsylvania natural recreation.
Of course many visitors to paflyguide focus on fly fishing the contest aims to reach many interests, such as boaters, hikers, and overall outdoors enthusiasts. Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers (POWR), an affiliate of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council, in cooperation with DCNR, oversee the selection of public voting choices.
Voting begins Monday, Nov. 14, and concludes 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 19.
Visit 2017 River of the Year Nominees to vote and learn about the nominated waterways and the River of the Year program.

Are you interested in joining us for a fly fishing gathering?

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We’re sure most of you get pretty busy during the spring fly fishing season. Just like us we all have the best intentions to get out and fish with of our friends that we meet along the way but who has time for all of them before it’s over? Or maybe you’ve been meaning to meet a couple like-minded anglers because you are sure you’re not the only one that chases the dog around the house to get that special color dubbing.
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The Little Juniata River, clean, full of trout, and fragile

Bill Anderson

We recently helped The Little Juniata River Association (LJRA) with their annual spring river clean-up. I can tell you that it is with great pride to give a back to this watershed. If you think about how much enjoyment we get by having a healthy environment then it goes without much convincing to help keep it that way and further improve it.
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Join us for the 2016 Fly Fishing Film Tour

Join us for an afternoon of fun at the 2016 Fly Fishing Film Tour.

When: Sunday, February 28, 2016
Time: Doors Open 2:30 pm, Show 3:00 pm
Where: The Oaks Theatre, Oakmont, PA
Cost: Pre-pay $16, Door $20

Join us pre-event for lunch at Carnivores Restaurant:
Where: 215 Allegheny Ave, Oakmont, PA 15139-2093, (412) 820-7427
Time: 12:30 pm

International Angler, Full Service Fly Fishing, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania

We recently visited International Angler located in Pittsburgh to talk with Greg Hoover and we will be posting our full-length interview very soon.

The guys at International Angler are the real deal. As a complete full-service shop they have something for the beginning and expert angler alike. IA also offers a large variety of angling travel opportunities year-round. Stop by and say hello I’m sure you will not be disappointed.

Thanks and remember: Go. Explore.

Upcoming Fly Fishing Shows and Events

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Things are beginning to heat up… Well at least on the human activity front, the streams still need a few more weeks. In the next couple of weeks, there are three great fly fishing events are taking place.

Join us:
Cabin Fever show Cranberry,, Sunday, February 23, 2014

41st Forbes Trail Trout Unlimited Banquet, Latrobe, March 1 2014

The Fly Fishing Show, Lancaster, March 1, 2 2014

Successful Fly Fishing Clinics


People learning how to fly fish; now that’s good stuff! It warms my heart anytime I get to work on-stream with bright and friendly people. This past Saturday we worked together learning the fundamentals of fly fishing at Laurel Hill State Park, and then again at Slippery Rock Creek on Sunday.
I’d like to recommend the following homework, off-stream practice, so to ingrain these skills into your subconscious resulting in more time fly fishing opposed to fiddling around. Continue reading Successful Fly Fishing Clinics

Laurel Highlands Trout Trail Fly Fishing Clinics


Discover the Laurel Highlands Trout Trail and learn how to fly fish using easy to follow steps. Each clinic covers the essential topics for successful fly fishing. No experience required. Information booklet included with fee. It’s a great way to gain experience, explore Pennsylvania; most of all have fun!

Cost: $85.00

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Laurel Hill Creek, Somerset, PA, May 4, 2013

Youghiogheny, Confluence, PA, June, 15, 2013

Youghiogheny, Confluence, PA, July 16, 2013


–          Essential Gear and Assembly

–          Knots, Rigging, and Preparation

–          Entomology and Fly Selection

–          Demonstration: Casting Principles

–          Casting: One-on-one guidance and practice

–          On-Stream Lunch (Lunch Included)

–          On-Stream Fishing: One-on-one guidance and practice

–          Group discussion

Flies and terminal tackle provided.

Rod, and Reel provided upon request.

Waders not included, WADERS REQUIRED.