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Fly fishing with a purpose on the Blue River

Special to the DailyA participant at Project Healing Waters shows off a fish he caught Sept. 29 on the Blue River.

On Sept. 29, three members of the Rotary Club of Summit County witnessed a remarkable healing effort, Project Healing Waters, on the Blue River just north of Summit County. Local businessman, Rotarian and angler Jim Buckler, of Cutthroat Anglers in Silverthorne, brought the project to the attention of the club’s Troop Support Program.

A significant grant was given to support the effort, a three-day experience for 28 soldiers and veterans. They were supported by about 50 local guides, ranch hands and business people who ensured the success of the event.

One young soldier confided that prior to attending a similar event he did little but sit in front of his TV and feel sorry for his situation. Now he not only fishes regularly, but works events like this one helping others.

The mission of Project Healing Waters is to “assist in the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled active duty military personnel and veterans through fly fishing and fly-tying education and outings. Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Inc. strives to effectively serve the deserving past and present members of our armed forces who have made great sacrifices in the service of our nation.”

The Summit County Rotary Charitable Fund would like to make further contributions to this rehabilitation effort. The fund is a 501(c)3, so contributions are tax deductible. Donations can be sent to PO Box 4401, Frisco, CO 80443. Please mark your checks for “Troop Support.”