Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing now has more than 3,000 flies to use in the coming year with military veterans thanks to volunteers at two fly tying marathons.
The marathons both took place March 21, 2015, in Virginia. One was held at the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Triangle. The other took place at the Port City Brewing Company in Alexandria.
Chris Thompson, a Project Healing Waters volunteer, and Dan Davala, fishing manager at the Orvis Clarendon Store, organized the events. Temple Fork Outfitters and Orvis donated equipment.
“I offer my sincere gratitude to all those that volunteered,” said Thompson. “I was fortunate to be chosen to organize the event and am grateful to be a part of Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing Inc.”
At the National Museum of the Marine Corps, volunteers worked for eight hours to create almost 1,500 flies. Almost 1,700 flies were sent in from those who couldn’t be at the marathon.
At Port City Brewing Company, volunteers tied well over 1,000 flies. Volunteers also enjoyed food, drink, and raffles, and made more than $600 in donations.
It was the second annual fly-tying marathon for both locations.