Fall River Outing and BBQ

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Our first outing at Lake In The Dunes

Our first outing at Lake In The Dunes

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Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Inc. Program

Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Inc. Program

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Veterans find therapy in fly fishing

Veterans find therapy in fly fishing

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Healing with crafts and casts - Fly-tying program for Central Oregon veterans helps some find peace PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 03 March 2013 18:56


Published: March 03. 2013 4:00AM PSTPublished: March 03. 2013 4:00AM PST

Alan Teshima jokes that he didn’t take a single breath as he tied his first fishing fly. One year later, he now finds the craft relaxing.

Like fly fishing, tying flies requires too much concentration for the mind to wander, but not so much that it’s overwhelming. That’s why some local veterans find solace in it.

Teshima’s service in the Air Force, from 1972 to 1975, overlapped the end of U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War.

“The closest I got to Vietnam was Okinawa (Japan)," he said, “which was fine by me. I had friends who died in Vietnam."

Teshima retired a couple of years ago and didn’t have much to do. He visited the Central Oregon Vet Center, where he came across Central Oregon Project Healing Waters. It’s part of a national program for veterans and disabled active service members, to promote physical and emotional rehabilitation through fly fishing and fly tying.

Every Friday afternoon, any veteran may drop in and tie flies. The group arranges fishing trips, too. In May, they’ll fish the private Lake in the Dunes. In June, the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs has invited them to fish the tribal side of the lower Deschutes River.


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Project Healing Waters hitting the links! PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 19 September 2012 18:58

Here is a picture of yesterdays golf tournament at Awbrey Glen Golf Course. I set up a casting challenge where the golfers had to attempt to cast their “fly” and land it on the top of a bucket lid.  One golfer exclaimed that casting the rods was the “highlight of his day”.

Have a great day!

Greg Ford
Office Manager
Central Oregon Vet Center
1645 NE Forbes Rd, Suite 105
Bend, OR 97701
Phone: 541-749-2112
Fax: 541-647-5282

Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 September 2012 19:04
The 'Peaceful Spirit Outing' at Warm Springs PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 26 July 2012 17:25

The 'Peaceful Spirit Outing' at Warm SpringsThe 'Peaceful Spirit Outing' at Warm Springs, Oregon was an amazing success. We arrived and were told by our host that the only thing we needed to do was relax and enjoy. The entire area was at our disposal as were Casey Green's family and friends, this was our time to heal.This being our first outing with Casey and the Warm Springs people, I had no idea what to expect. It truly was a day that honored our Veterans, warriors of so many battles. Now I know that the feelings I came home with are feelings of warmth, belonging, love and understanding.

We got there about 930 AM and were introduced to Casey's crew and generally got our feet under us. One of our vets got rigged up and went fishing until lunch as others arrived from Portland and Bend. Just before breaking for lunch, Casey and his mother had a welcoming talk about their land and some history about the name of the guide service Casey has started, Tiluiite Injun Guides, named for the site we were on. Lunch consisted of Indian Tacos - fried bread and all the taco fixins - really good. After lunch everyone was free to go fish, hang out tying flies, or telling lies .... which as veterans and veteran fishermen, we all do quite well.


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Fly Tying with Veteran's at the Vet Center in Bend on Friday's PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 06 March 2012 17:47

With feathers flying and thread doing the 'whirlingdurbish' Central Oregon Project Healing Waters had their second fly tying class.  It was held at the Vet Center in Bend - many thanks to Greg Ford for the room and great support.

We have covered the Wooly Bugger (last week) and this week we did a Gold Ribbed Hares Ear and a Pheasant Tail. These we are using for the basic skill of fly tying along with tying a proven fish getting fly.

We had a "first fly tied" by a couple vets and they did really well, mastering (semi) the dubbing and wing cases but mainly having a good time with good people and dreaming of getting out fishing.

We are planning on continuing fly tying classes every Friday at the Vet Center at 1300 til whenever Greg kicks us out.  For more information call Brad Emery at 541-536-5799.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 March 2012 18:02
Fall River Outing and BBQ PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 28 September 2011 20:02

So what happens when you get a bunch of veterans, their significant others, a BBQ, some great home cooking, a beautiful spring fed river, and good friends together?  What you might expect, a really fun afternoon sharing stories, sharing some flies, and taking the time to reconnect with each other with a common goal of getting veteran's together to get their fish on...

Again we were all marveled with Nelle's wonderful homemade baking with 3 different types of cupcakes.  She seems to make sure we all get a good taste of home when she is in charge of the menu, and now has set up a sort of ritual with making sure we have some baked goods from her kitchen each time. With Rick Demars manning the grill we had plenty of food and beverage to soak up, and yours truly ended up waddling around the river most of the afternoon with a food hangover.

The usual suspects were all in attendance including our friends from Bend, La Pine, Sunriver, Sisters, and even a couple that came from over the hill to join us for the day.  The Kreft clan brought out a great assortment of flies that seemed to do the trick for everyone today, and we must take the time to thank them for their help.  Central Oregon Flyfishers President Lee Ann Ross made it out and along with Peter Gustavson from Sunriver Anglers being there, and it just goes to show how much support we get from the local angling community and the clubs here in Central Oregon.  We even had some fun hanging out with the guys from 10 Gauge Sports who have offered to sponsor our organization with proceeds from their online product offerings.

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