>Fly-fishing in Kodiak with Project Healing Waters


On a rainy Tuesday in Kodiak, 21 men took to their all-terrain vehicles loaded with fishing poles, food and extra gear.  These men were headed to the American River at Saltery Cove, a place known by many to have great salmon fishing in Kodiak and it is easy to access.

Of the 21 men, five were a part of Project Healing Waters.  This non-profit organization’s mission is to assist in the rehabilitation of disabled active duty military personnel and veterans through fly-fishing.

Chief Dave Curran, an avid fly-fisherman and stationed with Air Station Kodiak, organized the week-long trip for the men.  He was able to raise enough money with enough donations from the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the VFW Ladies Auxiliary, and the Chief Petty Officer’s Association, along with a fundraiser to fly the men from various locations in the Lower 48 to Kodiak.

The men arrived in Kodiak, Aug. 1, 2010, and fished several of Kodiak’s rivers while making new friends and enjoying camaraderie throughout the week.  These men learned how to to fly-fish in Alaska and were able to leave the stress of life behind.