Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing Healing those who serve

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Photo courtesy of Jeff Stahnke: Veterans take to the water at Hidden Valley Ranch and other locations throughout the Pagosa Springs area as part of Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing. The project teaches wounded warriors the art of fly tying, rod building and fly fishing as a way of bringing healing to the past.
Photo courtesy of Jeff Stahnke: Veterans take to the water at Hidden Valley Ranch and other locations throughout the Pagosa Springs area as part of Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing. The project teaches wounded warriors the art of fly tying, rod building and fly fishing as a way of bringing healing to the past.

By Casey Crow
Staff Writer

Project brings wounded veterans to Pagosa Springs

It was a perfect morning in Pagosa Springs as wounded veterans made their way down winding dirt roads, in the shadow of the San Juan Mountains, to join a group of volunteers at Hidden Valley Ranch.

The setting couldn’t have been more serene. The men fished in pairs, their colorful fly fishing shirts catching the sunlight from around the shoreline. Boats dotted the lake as the men tried their luck in deeper waters and a handful of volunteers chatted in the shade of the gazebo.

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