Friday Fish 09/29/2017

It takes more than MUD and MONSOON RAINS to dampen the enthusiasm of our Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, San Marcos, Texas team.

Four days of steady rain have pumped up our Central Texas Hill Country rivers, and turned ranch roads into muddy trenches.

Chris George welcomed Blake O Holbrook, James Lambert, TK Phelps, David Beadle, Dr. Carl VanAacken, Juan Garcia, and myself to his soaked and soggy Tips Turf Grass Farm. These veterans are also engaged in a mentoring project with the local, Team of Champions, six-man football team, coached by Chris. (More in a separate post)

The San Marcos River was still fishable and John Shank, owner and highly skilled guide at Lone Star Fly Fishing LLC, located some big ones for Air Force veteran, Erik Larsen.

Medical disabilities don’t keep Erik from being a valuable member of our Team Project Healing Waters San Antonio & San Marcos. He has caught some real trophies lately, but his Guadalupe Bass on this trip is PRICELESS.

Max Petri braved the rain and wind, along with his coaches Scott Henize and Gordon Holt. Don Hudgins III was with us, always ready to provide his expert skills to help with our veterans.

We also welcomed Taryn Davis, Founder and Executive Director of the American Widow Project. She serves women who have survived their military spouses. Our hope is that we can provide a quality outdoors experience for these women, during a future retreat.

Taryn tied her first fly fishing Wolly Bugger and Floating Spider, under the expert guidance of Gordon Holt.

Friday was a huge success, thanks to the efforts of our amazing team of participants, coaches, supporters, and donors.