Fly-Fishing, and fishing in general, is generally recognized for its health benefits of relaxation and enjoyment of scenic, often off-the-beaten path outdoor experiences.
Benefits of Fly fishing for Canada’s Ill and Injured
Fly-Fishing, and fishing in general, is generally recognized for its health benefits of relaxation and enjoyment of scenic, often off-the-beaten path outdoor experiences. Directly connected with the nature, it is an experience that is southing for the soul. You reflect on many things while working to recharge your energy. The power and energy of the stream or river around you gives you the feeling to be strong and steady.
What Does an Event Consist of?
An event consists of a gathering of injured soldiers to one location over 3 days. The participants are taught the basics of fly fishing out on the beautiful rivers and streams of Canada. These events allow our Veterans to mingle one another; share their stories and experiences in transition; and engage with the local community members who help make Wounded Warriors Canada’s investment in fly fishing possible.
Teaching of the art of fly tying.
3 day fishing outing
Gervais Jeffrey –
Wounded Warriors Canada National Fly Fishing Guide
and Operations Manager
Gervais learned fly fishing when he was 9 years old and, at that time, just wanted to fish – unaware of the difference it would make in his life. Many years later, when he would fish on his return home from Tours he found it to be extremely refreshing and relaxing.
Specifically, following his return from Afghanistan, Gervais used fly fishing as a means to escape the daily rigours and reconnect with himself again. Soon after he was put in contact with Project Healing Waters Canada and in 2010 he started a Chapter in Quebec to support our ill and injured Canadian Armed Forces members and Veterans suffering with PTSD. Since then, he has built a team of dedicated volunteers and passionate fly fishermen and the team continues to teach injured soldiers the art of fly tying and fly fishing.