PHW Follow Up & Thanks

Since we've put a bow on the second annual PHWFF gear drive, I wanted to take a moment to say thanks to all those who were instrumental in making the second annual gear drive go off without a hitch. While the final numbers aren't in yet, thanks to the many generous individuals and fly shops alike we were able to haul in some pretty sweet gear. Some of which has already been placed in the hands of service vets. This year, like last, we were able to outfit two deserving veterans at the social dinner and I have to say it's a pretty awesome feeling helping to outfit these guys from head to toe for an enjoyable day on the water.

I have to admit it's humbling to hear these guys speak about their experiences and the positive affect fly fishing has had on their lives. I think most of us take everyday life for granted and I know I'm as guilty as the next. These guys and girls sacrifice so much for the rest of us and being able to interact and discuss fishing with them, puts things in perspective and makes you realize how blessed we all are. I don't mean to brag on the Winged Reel and Pig Farm Ink crew, but Regional PHW representative Curt Boatman, has said many times "people approach me all the time with lots of talk and little, to no action. Winged Reel and Pig Farm Ink came to me with little talk and lots of action". I'm proud as hell to be a part of giving back to such a great cause, but I share the above message in hopes that more folks will reach out to worthy causes within the fly fishing community and give back.

Often times it has nothing to do with giving donations, but more about donating your time to a sport that has touched all of us at some point and time in a meaningful way. Fly fishing is often associated with elitism and while there is some of that I think it's deeper than that. The fly fishing community is like a small fraternity and elitism is often mistaken for our ability to quickly weed out the bullshit. I'm not sure if there's a more willing group in the fishing community, than fly fisherman to stand up for the places and causes we believe in. So take a day on the weekend and go help with a stream restoration project or visit the Project Healing Water's or Casting for Recovery site and ask how you can help. You can't put a price on the satisfaction you'll get from giving back!

Again I want to say thanks to all of those who donated and give a special thanks to Tin Lizzy's Cantina for hosting the social dinner. The service was superb and their willingness to donate 20% of each guests bill back to PHW is truly awesome! We're beyond grateful for PHW allowing us to make the gear drive an annual event and we look forward to raising the bar again next year!


2016 FCA at Mountain Town

We were fortunate enough to film and photo the 2016 FCA Fundraiser again this year.  Weather was good, fishing was great, and the cause even better. Click the button below to view all our photos.

Photos by Matt Bornhorst & Jamie Keown

2015 PHWFF Gear Drive

At this time of year I find myself thankful for so many things.  As many do, I reflect on all the wonderful people I’ve had a chance to meet and daydream of goals for next year.  It’s also the time of year to give as generously as we can to bring joy and cheer to others.  In all that reflecting I think it’s important to remember our military personnel who fight or have fought hard for our freedoms.  The best gift I might be able to give is the one that has given me so much joy in my own life. I’m really excited to announce Winged Reel is partnering with Pig Farm Ink (the same folks that brought us the infamous Iron Fly events) to host a Gear Drive benefiting Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing.

Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Inc. is dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled active military service personnel and disabled veteran’s through fly fishing and associated activities including education and outings.

This is the perfect opportunity to donate your gently used gear to a great cause.  Please stay tuned as this Gear Drive grows.  We will continue to post local shops where you can drop off your donations as they come on board.  At the end of the gear drive on January 30th we hope to host a social event here in the Atlanta area with raffles to further raise money for Project Healing Waters.

Here is a current list of participating fly shops excepting your gear donations:

Unicoi Outfitters - 7280 S Main St, Helen, GA 30545 -  (706) 878-3083
Tuckaseegee Fly Shop - 3 Depot St, Bryson City, NC 28713 - (828) 488-3333
Alpharetta Outfitters - 79 S Main St, Alpharetta, GA 30009 - (678) 762-0027
The Fish Hawk - 3095 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30305 - (404) 237-3473
Blue Ridge Fly Fishing - 490 E Main St, Blue Ridge, GA 30513 - (706) 258-4080
Southern Highroads Outfitters - 253 Georgia Hwy 515 East, Blairsville, GA 30512 - (706) 781-1414
Cohutta Fishing Company - 39 S Public Square, Cartersville, GA 30120 - (770) 606-1100
OGRE Outdoors - 5750 Asheville Hwy, Pisgah Forest, NC 28768 - (828) 877-8622
Fern Valley On The Soque - Clarkesville, GA - (770) 597-4219

If you wish to mail your donations, you can send them to: Pig Farm Ink, 1276 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 would like to find more ways you can help promote this event, please contact me at

Happy Holidays!

If you are unfamiliar with Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Please take a moment to watch this short film.