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WQW is pleased to announce the release of our first Annual Report. Thank you all for the wonderful support!
2014 Annual Report
From May 14-19, we had the privilege of hosting 6 Wounded Warriors from the
U.S. Army for an unforgettable experience in and around Bozeman,
Montana. They arrived on two different flights and were welcomed with open
arms. After stopping for a delicious lunch at Tarantinos Pizzaria, the group
headed to the new Simms Fishing Products factory to be fitted for waders and
boots. The generous people at Simms also gave each Warrior clothing and
fishing equipment to outfit them in any weather for a long time. After an
interesting tour of the factory, they took their new bags full of “stuff” and headed
for ice cream at the Cold Stone Creamery. They were then introduced to their
new home for the next five nights. An outstanding dinner provided by our
“Moms” and a comfortable bed was all these tired hombres needed.
The next day started with a tour of our host fly shop, Greater Yellowstone Fly
Fishers. The Warriors learned a great deal about the art of fly fishing and
received a brief education on “Bugs”. From there, we headed to a local pond for
Fly Fishing 101. Here they received professional instruction in fly casting and
were given their own fly rod, reel and case. All six of them seemed to catch on
really fast and were quickly off fishing in the ponds with guide and companion in
trail. With a sore right arm (except for one south paw) and some great fishing
memories, the Warriors headed back to the ranch for another superb dinner and
relaxation. They were each given a complete fly tying kit and introduced to fly
tying by a few of our local professional tiers. When time permitted, they also
enjoyed a fantastic massage.
Thursday was the first day out on the local rivers and ponds with their guides and
companions. In the few days prior, Mother Nature had decided it was time to get
rid of some of the winter snow and blessed us with temperatures in the 70′s and
80′s. Needless to say, most of the local rivers were blown out with spring
runoff. The fly fishing took place on the Lower Madison River and local
ponds. The six Warriors managed to catch some of the largest fish ever caught
in the history of Warriors and Quiet Waters. From the pictures and “fishing
stories”, it was obvious that each man had a great time fishing.
Bright and early Friday we headed to Yellowstone National Park for an all day
tour lead by Park Ranger Butch Bach. A few rain showers couldn’t dampen the
day, but did cause us to have our picnic lunch on the bus. Highlights included
views of the Lower Falls, Old Faithful Geyser, a meadow full of bison with new
born calves, and a delicious dinner at the Corral Steak house. The Warriors
were filled with interesting fact about Yellowstone and the Gallatin Valley as well
as Montana beef, bison and fish.
Saturday was much like Thursday where the Wounded Warriors again headed
out fly fishing with their guides and companions. Many trout were landed, large
and small, along with a couple white fish (aka Senior Blanco). That evening was
filled with stories and tears at Riverside Country Club at the Farewell Dinner.
We said goodbye to all six of these great men on Sunday morning at the
Bozeman airport. With hand shakes and hugs exchanged, our Warriors headed
back to their homes and battalions forever etched in our hearts and welcomed
back to Montana, anytime.
With a very special “Thank You” to all of our dedicated, kindhearted volunteers,
Assistant Team Leader, FX 2-13
We have determined our schedule for 2013 as follows:
- FX 1-13 23 April-28 April 6 solo warriors
- FX 2-13 14 May – 19 May 6 solo warriors
- FX 3-13 27 June – 6 July 2 Groups of 6 solo warriors
- FX 4-13 9 July – 14 July 6 warriors and their spouses. Couples event.
- FX 5-13 23 July -28 July 6 warriors and their spouses. Couples event.
- FX 6-13 13 August – 18 August 6 solo warriors
- FX 7-13 10 September – 15 September 6 solo warriors
- FX 8-13 1 October – 6 October 6 solo warriors