Project Healing Waters

Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing:  (PHWFF) is a program started in 2005 at Walter Reed Medical Center to help disabled veterans heal through fly fishing. There are over 160 programs nationally in support of our veterans. Our chapter along with the Candlewood chapter has been supporting a program at the Newington VAMC since May 2012.  We support a group of over 20 veterans with monthly sessions of fly tying, casting instructions and on water fishing outings. Volunteer help is always appreciated and anyone interested in supporting our program can contact Don LaChance –  860-930-0184.  More information is also available at FVTU is proud and honored to offer this program to veterans in the Hartford area.

2015-2016 Stats

  • Currently we have 81 vets signed up for the program with about 20 attending monthly meetings on a regular basis
  • Currently we have 75 volunteers signed up with 20 attending monthly meetings on a regular basis.
  • Last year we had 3 outings with the vets and volunteers
    • Zak’s Landing located in Riverton, CT
    • Limestone Trout Club located in New Canaan, CT
    • Dr. Schildgen’s Pond located in Litchfield. CT


AN URGENT CALL FOR INSTRUCTIONAL VCR TAPES AND DVDs – If you have any instructional VCR tapes or DVDs on fishing and/or fly tying subjects, please consider donating them for the program to use!

Trout In The Classroom

Trout in the Classroom is a conservation-oriented environmental education program for elementary, middle, and high school students. Through the school year, students raise trout from eggs to fry and then release them into approved cold water streams and lakes. This act of raising, monitoring, and caring for young trout fosters a conservation ethic within participating students and promotes an understanding of their shared water resources.

Are you a teacher that would like to know more about the Trout in the Classroom program?  Please contact Carl Swanson at or at 860-605-9249.


Conservation in action!

The FVTU Conservation Committee meetings/outings are held in the field on a monthly basis on the first Saturday of each month.  Our goal is to post meeting locations reasonably in advance, but please check the website by the preceding Thursday night for updates due to weather or unforeseen circumstances.  Committee meetings/outings are an ongoing opportunity to discuss or participate in new or ongoing conservation projects and are open to the public.  We are always looking for anyone interested in learning or volunteering!  It’s a great opportunity to meet some new people and to get your hands/waders/boots nice and wet n’ dirty.  We might even find a few hidden “honey-holes” along the way (shhhh – those are sworn to secrecy for conservation committee participants only)!  Current projects are:

  • Culvert Surveys
  • Water Temperature Monitoring
  • “On your own” smartphone field data collection using
    1. Aquatic insects (The River’s Calendar)
    2. Wild brooktrout (Connecticut Wild Brooktrout)
    3. Wild Trout all species (Trout Unlimited TroutBlitz)

For additional information, please contact:

Doug Jann– Conservation Committee Chair,, 203-339-1918, or

Dave Lemanski – co-Chair,, 860-573-7127 (call or text)

Culvert Surveys.

Temp monitoring on Thompson Brook in Avon

Doug Jann demonstrating Temp Monitoring calibration.