February Chapter Meeting

The February Chapter Meeting will be on Wednesday, 2/1 at 7:00pm. As usual we’ll be at the Montgomery County Government Center, 755 Roanoke Street in Christiansburg.  Join us at Due South BBQ at 6:00pm to share fish stories and discuss the upcoming Spring Thaw-Out banquet.

Wesley Hodges, a member of the Virginia Tech Student Veterans Association and a special events coordinator for Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing (PHWFF), will give a presentation about Project Healing Waters – a national program dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled active military service personnel and veterans through fly fishing and fly tying education. He will also discuss his current efforts to develop a fly fishing education program aimed at Virginia Tech’s student veterans.

After serving three tours of active duty with the 82nd Airborne in Iraq, Wesley returned to the states and is currently pursuing a degree in International Studies at Virginia Tech. He has been fly fishing since a young age and shares his knowledge of the sport through numerous education and outreach programs. He was an assistant to Project Healing Waters founder Ed Nicholson and helped establish and run the Salem VA medical center Project Healing Waters program. Wes is a self-described big streamer addict; when not studying he can be found inside a midge hatch double-hauling meat whistles to monster browns on the Jackson River, or tying flies at the Roanoke Orvis retail shop.

Learn more at www.projecthealingwaters.org

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