On March 7, FVTU Veterans Service Partnership Coordinator Jim Borowski presented 6,817 flies to Emily Sather of the Warriors & Quiet Waters Foundation (WQW) in Bozeman. The flies were donated by FVTU members and friends as part of the Veterans Fly-A-Thon Challenge. TU chapters across the state were asked to donate flies to WQW. The chapter donating the most flies per member, would win a Winston fly rod to use as a fund raiser. Although FVTU came up just short in the contest, the real winners are the recovering veterans who pass through the WQW program.
For eleven years Warriors & Quiet Waters has been bringing groups of injured post 9/11 combat vets to Montana for a week at a time to teach them to fly fish. Each participating vet receives a complete fly fishing outfit: rod, reel, waders, boots, chest pack, rain gear, accessories, hats, shirts, even a travel bag to haul it all in. Everything they get is theirs to keep in the hopes they will continue to benefit from the therapeutic value of fly fishing once they return home. Our donated flies will be used to stock their chest packs for use here and on their home waters.
FVTU wants to extend it’s sincere thanks to everyone who donated flies to this cause. Whether you chipped in just few or emptied your fly box, every single fly counted and will be put to good use. Special thanks to George Widener, Lakestream Fly Shop owner Justin Lawrence, local guides Marc Evans and Rob Weiker, Montana Fly Company’s Jake Chutz, Dan & Kim Short, Dan Olson, Lucky Sultz, Jim Johnson, and Steve Schnall.
Thanks everyone for supporting our vets!
FVTU VSP Coordinator and WQW board member
If you’d like to learn more about the Warriors & Quiet Waters Foundation or TU’s Veterans Service Partnership check out these links: