Veterans fly fish on Clinch River through rehabilitation program

Veterans fly fish on Clinch River through rehabilitation program

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Veterans from East Tennessee and other parts of the country are taking it easy after a busy day of fly fishing along the Clinch River Wednesday. Veterans from East Tennessee and other parts of the country are taking it easy after a busy day of fly fishing along the Clinch River Wednesday.
The fly fishing outing is part of a program organized by the Knoxville chapter of Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing. The fly fishing outing is part of a program organized by the Knoxville chapter of Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing.
Organizers for the Knoxville chapter of Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing say about 30 veterans have taken part in the program since it started. Organizers for the Knoxville chapter of Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing say about 30 veterans have taken part in the program since it started.
By CAMERON TAYLOR
6 News Reporter

NORRIS (WATE) - Veterans from East Tennessee and other parts of the country are taking it easy after a busy day of fly fishing along the Clinch River Wednesday. The activity is part of a rehabilitation program by the Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing Organization.  

Iraq War veteran Brian Woliver is trying his luck on the Clinch River with fly fishing. He came home in August of 2007 and says the sport eases his mind. 

"Getting away from the crowds and not worrying about bills. Getting back in touch with nature and it's always good to get a way," said Woliver.


Woliver and other veterans were hoping to catch a fish, but they didn't seem to be biting on Wednesday. The fly fishing outing is part of a program organized by the Knoxville chapter of Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing. 

More online: About Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing

The chapter teamed up with the Wounded Warrior Project to provide 22 veterans from East Tennessee to Northern Kentucky with a good time. The idea is to help them physically and emotionally. 


"They start doing stuff and they just want more. They want to fish more. They call us and say 'we want more. Let's go more.' That's really rewarding for us that they fall in love with a sport we like so much," said Steve Thompson of Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing. 

Veterans like Woliver say the program builds a camaraderie with others who have served. 

"You share phone numbers and contact information, facebook, and social media is huge so when you need somebody to go to with stressors, like the every day life, you have somebody to go to," said Woliver.

Ultimately they say the program lets them escape from their daily stresses and maybe catch a fish or two. 

"Out here on the water, this is a new experience for me and it's definitely one i'm going to keep pursuing because it seems to work," said Woliver.

Organizers for the Knoxville chapter of Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing say about 30 veterans have taken part in the program since it started.

If you or a veteran you know want to sign up for next year, you can contact Steve Thompson at stevethefishingguy@gmail.com or by phone at (865) 773-3343. You can also email Wayne Nobles at waynenobles@bellsouth.net or call him at (865) 335-2485.
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