Project Healing Waters


Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing (PHWFF) is dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of injured and disabled military service personnel and disabled veterans through fly fishing and associated activities including education and outings. With over 200 Programs nationwide, the programs provides basic fly fishing, fly casting, fly tying and rod building classes, along with clinics participants ranging from beginners who have never fished before, to those with prior fly fishing and tying experience who are adapting their skills to their new abilities. All fly fishing and tying equipment is provided to the participants at no cost. Fishing trips, both one day, and multi-day are also provided free of charge to participants. It is much more than a one-time fishing trip. Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing (PHWFF) began in 2005 serving wounded military service members at Walter Reed Army Medical Center returning from combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. Since then, PHWFF has expanded nationwide, establishing its highly successful program in Department of Defense hospitals, Warrior Transition Units, and Veterans Affairs Medical Centers and clinics.  PHWFF is unique in that our volunteers are teaching classes on an on-going, long-term basis. It is much more than a one-day fishing trip. For many participants, particularly disabled veterans, the socialization, and camaraderie of the classes are just as important as the fishing outings and provide them a new activity.

The Susquehanna Chapter of Trout Unlimited proudly became a partner in this program in 2014.  To find out more information or to see how you can help, please contact

Charlie Knowlden, Williamsport Coordinator
Phone 570-971-1296

If you would like to make a monetary donation to the Project Healing Waters program, you can do so here.

If you would like to donate fishing gear or fly tying materials, please contact Charlie Knowlden as noted above.