Last holiday season we were humbled and excited to be given the opportunity to help host a gear drive benefiting Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing. In all honesty last years event was thrown together with minimal formal planning, sparked by a last minute idea and we were blown away by the generosity of the fly fishing community; which is why were even more excited to announce the PHWFF Gear Drive will officially become an annual event! And as hard as it will be to top last years event, our long term goal is to not only collect gear, but to also raise awareness for Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing and to ask everyone who enjoys the the sport of fly fishing to give, if not in the gift of gear, then to help promote the efforts of PHWFF so that others can give to those who sacrifice so much to defend our freedom. Before I dive into details about this years event, I would like to take a moment again to thank all of the Companies, Shops and Individuals that stepped up and made last years event an overwhelming success. Because of your efforts we were able to raise $50,000 in gear that was placed in the hands of veteran's across the United States. That's pretty amazing stuff!
Much like last year we will be partnering with Pig Farm Ink and enlisting the help of fly shops to serve as drop of points for your gently used fly fishing gear (This post will de updated with participating shops), as well as accepting donations by mail. The gear drive will end on January 15, 2017, and like last year, PHWFF will be hosting a social event on February 4th 2017 after the completion of The Fly Fishing Show in Atlanta, in which all of the gear collected will be handed over to Project Healing Waters. The event will be held at Tin Lizzy's Cantina, located just steps from the Fly Fishing Show venue. Tin Lizzy's has committed 20% of each person's check that is there for the event to be donated back to Project Healing Waters.
The following fly shops are participating drop of locations: (and please check back as we will continue to update this list as more shops come on board.)
Alpharetta Outfitters – 79 S Main St, Alpharetta, GA 30009 – (678) 762-0027
Unicoi Outfitters – 7280 S Main St, Helen, GA 30545 – (706) 878-3083
Southern Highroads Outfitters – 253 Georgia Hwy 515 East, Blairsville, GA 30512 – (706) 781-1414
Blue Ridge Fly Fishing – 490 E Main St, Blue Ridge, GA 30513 – (706) 258-4080
The Fish Hawk – 3095 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30305 – (404) 237-3473
Orvis Atlanta (Buckhead) Store - 3275 Peachtree Rd, Atlanta, GA 30305 - (404) 841-0093
Cohutta Fishing Company – 39 S Public Square, Cartersville, GA 30120 – (770) 606-1100
Tuckaseegee Fly Shop – 3 Depot St, Bryson City, NC 28713 – (828) 488-3333
Rivers Edge Outfitters - 61 Big Cove Rd, Cherokee, NC 28719 - (828) 497-9300
OGRE Outdoors – 5750 Asheville Hwy, Pisgah Forest, NC 28768 – (828) 877-8622
Hunter Banks Asheville - 29 Montford Ave, Asheville, NC 28801 - (828) 252-3005
Hunter Banks Waynesville - 48 N Main St, Waynesville, NC 28786 - (828) 251-9721
Davidson River Outfitters - 49 Pisgah Hwy #6, Pisgah Forest, NC 28768 -(828) 877-4181
Orvis Plano Store - 2412 Preston Road, Preston Towne Crossing, Suite 200, Plano, TX 75093 - (972) 596-7529
Overwatch Outpost - 97 Main Street, Charlemont, MA 01339 - (413) 339-8800
If instead, you would like to mail your donations you can send them to: Pig Farm Ink, 1275 Castleberry Dr., Buford, GA 30518 or Alpharetta Outfitters, 79 S Main St, Alpharetta, GA 30009
If mailing your donations, please be sure to mark your package PHWFF Gear Drive and include a copy of the In-Kind donation form you can print by clicking here.
If you're interested in finding out more about the event please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be using social media to spread the word and encourage all of you to share posts regarding this event on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. If you're not familiar with Project Healing Waters then I encourage you to visit their site and check out this amazing organization!
I hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday season!
The Winged Reel Crew