Day of fishing planned for wounded veterans

PitProject Healing Waters is sponsoring a day of trout fishing for wounded veterans and their families on May 7 at Paddy’s Creek near Star Tannery. Double Spur Outfitters, owned by Levi Pitcock, is donating time, fishing spots and gear.

Greg Hyde, a fly-fishing guide for Double Spur Outfitters, said they expect 19 veterans and their families to participate, with a total of around 50 people.

“The vets are going to start arriving around 9:30 and we’re going to fish from 10 a.m. to noon,” said Hyde. “We’re having a big lunch for everyone there from noon to 1 p.m., then we’re going to go back out fishing from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. We’ve got T-shirts for the event and door prizes. Hopefully the weather will be nice and they’ll get a great day of fishing.”

Hyde said fly fishing is a natural form of therapy and he hopes he can help bring the veterans some relaxation.

“Fishing, especially fly fishing, is a very relaxing sport,” said Hyde. “That’s one of the things that we’re trying to promote. We’ve got 4 miles of private water that we own and lease. One of the reasons we brought Project Healing Waters is the water is great for fishing and it’s a great, tranquil place and we want to give back to those vets. It’s a very therapeutic event. It’s stress free.”

Families of the veterans will be taking part in the fishing, too.

“Nine guides volunteered. We’ve got wives and kids coming as well,” said Hyde. “We’re going to set up a kids’ fishing hole and each vet is going to have a fishing partner for the day.”

Fly tiers will be on site tying custom flies for the veterans and the creek has been stocked with brook, brown and rainbow trout.

Pitcock noted, “We invited the vets to Star Tannery to fish with us to give back to the guys that make our fly fishing possible.”

Contact staff writer Nathan Budryk at 540-465-5137 ext. 155, or nbudryk@nvdaily.com