July 25, 2018 – Seven vets and two counselors from Maine and Vermont attended this years fishing trip. They arrived the afternoon of July 18th and stayed at Kokadjo Sporting Camps on First Roach Pond. Dinner, the first evening, was provided by the Rod & Reel Café.
Everyone meet at the Maine Guide Fly Shop the morning of July 19th where the guides (Chad, John, Wayne, & Dan) from the Maine Guide Fly Shop were ready with with their drift boats in tow to take the vets for a day of fly fishing on the East Outlet of the Kennebec.
The vets had a grand time drifting the 3 ½ mile river and had lots of fun teasing trout and landlocked salmon to their dry flies. We all gathered at the Beach Pool and set-up for a mid-day cookout provided by Indian Hill Trading Post and told morning tales of fish that were caught and the big ones that got away. Following a great day on the water the vets dined at Kelly’s Landing on Moosehead Lake.
Their second day was reserved for another drift on the West Branch of the Penobscot River. The guides launched at Chewonki‘s Big Eddy Campground. After a morning of fishing the Big Eddy we had a great lunch at the campground then got back in the drift boats and fished our way downstream to Salmon Deadwater. Fishing was good on both days and everyone caught fish using dries flies.
The last evening our local American Legion went to Kokadjo Sporting Camps and put on a dinner for the vets.
Before the vets departed for home the morning of July 20th the vets were treated at their cabin on First Roach Pond to a homemade breakfast and baked goodies prepared by Susan Hamer & Ella, our granddaughter.
We look forward to the Annual Healing Waters Outing and taking the vets fishing. They are always amazed and so appreciative of the generosity of the Greenville people. Everyone has such a wonderful time.
We want to thank each and every business and the many individuals involved in this and every Project Healing Waters Outing for the last thirteen years. They have all been a huge success. Please go to our “Photos” page and see all those happy, smiling faces.