About Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing San Francisco Program

Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing offers therapeutic outdoor recreation for disabled veterans and active duty military personnel through the successful application of fly fishing as a rehabilitation tool. The PHWFF San Francisco Program was launched in January 2017 in cooperation with the national PHWFF organization, the Golden Gate Angling and Casting Club and the San Francisco VA Medical Center.

Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing is much more than a one-time fishing trip: our unique program helps veterans working to overcome the mental and physical stress of service.

We strive to help those who have served our nation by offering on-going, year-round support, classes and outings.

Our full spectrum, high quality, therapeutic recreation programs offer disabled veterans and active duty service personnel:

  • Fly fishing, fly casting, fly tying and rod building classes
  • Entomology and knot tying
  • Fly casting practice clinics
  • One-day and multi-day fly fishing outings

For many participants, our classes and the associated socialization and camaraderie are just as important as our fishing outings and provide a new and rewarding activity.

To remove any financial barriers for disabled veterans and active duty service personnel, all equipment, classes and fishing outings are offered at no cost to PHWFF participants and all funds for the PHWFF San Francisco Program are raised annually by its volunteers.

How You Can Help

Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing is a501(c)(3) non-profit organization incorporated in Maryland. We are dependent on tax deductible, charitable donations and the help of numerous volunteers to meet the educational, equipment, transportation and other needs of our participants.


You can help by making a tax-deductible contribution to Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing San Francisco. Simply click here or send a check to:

PHWFF San Francisco
1336 Shrader St.
San Francisco, CA 94117-4232

The veterans of Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing San Francisco also need your unused rods, reels, waders and other fly fishing gear. To donate fly fishing equipment, contact Henry Little.


Your donation of time to Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing San Francisco is a precious gift. You can help our program by:

  • Teaching fly fishing, fly casting, fly tying, entomology, knot tying or rod building skills
  • Leading or assisting a fly fishing outing
  • Providing meals for program participants during classes and practice clinics
  • Spreading the word about Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing San Francisco

Whether you donate funds or your time, your contributions make a great difference to those who have served their country. Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing San Francisco thanks you for your generous support.

More Information

PHWFF San Francisco holds classes and practice clinics every other Wednesday from 10:30AM until 1:30PM at the Anglers' Lodge and Casting Pools in Golden Gate Park.

If you have any questions about Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing San Francisco, its history, or its scope and impact, please contact Henry Little at your convenience.

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In the News

The Golden Gate Angling & Casting Club and our Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing program were featured in the special 2020 Veterans Day edition of Catch Magazine’s online journal of fly-fishing photography and film.

"Casting to Heal" features stunning photography by PHWFF volunteer CJ Glynn and GGACC member Val Atkinson. Written by PHWFF volunteers Henry Little and Brian Miller, it describes the healing qualities of casting for our disabled military veteran participants, enabled by a strong cadre of GGACC volunteers helping those who have served our country. Moreover, the issue recounts the Club’s pioneering history and our robust array of current fly-fishing activities, the foundation upon which the PHWFF program succeeds.

You can see this special "Casting to Heal" issue by clicking here where you’ll enjoy a compelling foreword followed by a thumbnail which takes you to the full issue. Here you will also see a thumbnail for a previous Veterans Day edition, "Healing on the Fall" which captures a PHWFF outing to California’s Fall River in 2018.

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