FAYETTEVILLE — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, working with the Fayetteville chapter of Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, is offering a new monthly program to wounded, active-duty military personnel and disabled veterans at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center in Cumberland County.
The Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing program will be held on every third Thursday of the month. The free program will be dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of military personnel and veterans with disabilities through the therapeutic benefits of fly fishing. Program activities include:
- Skill development
- Opportunities for socialization with experienced fly-fishermen
- Fly casting, fly fishing, rod building and other fishing-related activities
- Opportunities to participate in guided fly-fishing outings
The April program, set for April 17 from 6:30 to 9 p.m., will cover the importance of color as it relates to matching aquatic food sources — more commonly known as “matching the hatch.”
The Fayetteville chapter of Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing matches with the mission of the Pechmann Fishing Education Center, according to Thomas Carpenter, an educator with the Pechmann Center.
“Project Healing Waters is committed to teaching the skills necessary for participants to enjoy fly-fishing,” Carpenter said. “Program volunteers teach classes on an on-going, long-term basis, and for many participants, the socialization and camaraderie of the classes are just as important as fishing outings because they provide new activities to enjoy, such as fly tying and rod building.”
To build on skills learned at the Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing programs, participants are encouraged to attend a monthly fly-tying course, which is held at the Pechmann Center on the third Tuesday of each month from 6:30 to 9 p.m.. The next fly-tying forum will be held on March 18 and will cover fly patterns for American and hickory shad.
The John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center is located 7489 Raeford Road, Fayetteville, across from Lake Rim. It is one of four education centers operated by the Wildlife Commission across the state.