The America Cup

Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing & The America Cup


Soldier's Day 2012

This year’s tournament will be preceded by a Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing 'Soldier's Day' that will be hosted through an ongoing partnership between The America Cup and Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing.  It will offer soldiers an opportunity to get out on the water with America Cup competitors, and other supporters of The America Cup.  September 16, 2012 at historic Camp Hale.  Each soldier and supporter will be joined by a top competitor for a day of learning and fishing on river and lake. Nova Guides will be providing lodging, food, and transportation for the event at their Camp Hale property, where the 10th Mtn Division trained for WWII.


Thank you to everyone that attended the Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing 'Soldier's Day" with The America Cup on Sept 16, 2012. The day began with the soldiers pairing up with competitors and volunteers from the tournament.  The group went to the Eagle River and focused on river techniques and refining their skills. Fish were caught and a lunch was then served back at the Nova Guides lodge. The afternoon was filled with still water techniques on the Nova pond while enjoying a beautiful Fall day with changing colors all around.  The soldiers all became better anglers while enjoying new friendships.
Guides that made this day possible:
Anthony Naranja - Ben Metcalf, Chris Galvin, Riley Cotter, Dzyfa Glyman, Jeremy Sides, Michael Drinan, Thomas Drinan, Marek Walczek, Todd Oishi, Sandro Soldarini, Janet Lopez, Sandy Wright, Mike Salomone, Michael Johnson, Carl Huett, Michael Pukas.
Monetary support provided by:
Tred Barta
Vail Valley Anglers & guides
Fly Fishing Outfitters & guides
Minturn Anglers & guides
Team USA & Walter Ungerman

In Kind Donations provided by:
Maui Jim - sunglasses for each soldier
George Daniel - Dynamic Nymphing signed book for each soldier
Nu Cast - red, white, & blue nippers for each soldier
Nova Guides - Thanks Marty, Julie, Erica, Stan, and Brenna
Umpqua - hats and stickers for each soldier
Tred Barta - Best & Worst of Tred Barta signed book for each soldier

Thank you all for the support!!

Ben Metcalf of Team Caddis and Gordy Rothoff of Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing
September 16, 2012 - The America Cup - Soldier's Day

AgendaNova Guides

September 15th 2012 Saturday - Nova Guides at Camp Hale - Colorado
Soldiers arrive for a later dinner and night in the Pando cabins.

September 16th 2012 Sunday - Nova Guides at Camp Hale - Colorado
7:30am - Breakfast for the soldiers and support staff at McAllister's Grill at Nova Guides
8:30am - There will be an introduction to the Camp Hale 10th Mtn Division historical area and program agenda review. Soldiers will meet their guide and supporter and go over tackle and fly fishing style.
9:00am - Transportation for River Techniques with guide and supporter along the Eagle River.
1:00pm - Lunch at McAllister's Grill at Camp Hale and group pictures.
2:00pm - Still Water Techniques with guide and supporter on the private trout pond at Nova Guides.
5:00pm - Break time to clean up for dinner.
6:00pm - Dinner Buffet served for all participants - Day ending comments, pictures, and gift presentation.
7:00pm - Open Pond Fishing and soldiers will stay over night in the Pando Cabins at Nova Guides.

There are Supporter Spots open to join a soldier and competitor for the day. If you would like to join this event as a supporter, please contact John Knight to join us for the event.

Directions to Nova Guides at Camp Hale

Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing


Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing is a nonprofit organization that supports wounded warriors from local active and reserve military installations and the local Colorado Springs Veterans Clinic. They have been helping wounded soldiers since 2007, providing fly fishing education, trips, and equipment at no cost to the participants. Project Healing Waters is unique in that volunteers teach classes on an on-going, long term basis. It's much more than a one day fishing trip. For many participants, particularly disabled veterans, the socialization and camaraderie of the classes are just as important as the fishing outings.

This 6 minute video was filmed earlier this year at the state fish hatchery in Castalia, Ohio where Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing participants gathered from across the state. It powerfully tells the PHWFF story and captures what a typical outing looks like for many of our disabled veterans.

Project Healing Waters

Camp Hale

Camp Hale Nova GuidesCamp Hale was established in 1942 in west-central Colorado to provide winter and mountain warfare training during World War II (WWII). The site was acquired by purchase from private owners and by use permits from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service. The cantonment (or living area) area for Camp Hale was constructed in Eagle Park, east of Highway 24 between Leadville and Red Cliff, Colorado. The camp was established here because of the natural setting of a large, flat valley bottom, surrounded by steep hillsides suitable for training in skiing, rock climbing, and cold weather survival skills. The size of Camp Hale varied between 5,000 and 247,243 acres during the time that it was an active military installation.

CAmp Hale soldiersMilitary use of Camp Hale included the 10th Mountain Division, the 38th Regimental Combat Team, 99th Infantry Battalion, and soldiers from Fort Carson conducting mountain and winter warfare training exercises from 1942 to 1965. Throughout this time, the Army tested a variety of weapons and equipment at Camp Hale. From 1959 through 1965, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) secretly trained Tibetan soldiers at Camp Hale. In July 1965, Camp Hale was deactivated and control of the lands returned to the Forest Service in 1966.

East Fork Valley
While munition training exercises were conducted throughout the Camp Hale area, one area of known heavy use was the East Fork valley. The East Fork valley is near the cantonment area of Camp Hale off U.S. Highway Nova Guides at Camp Hale24 and is located along the East Fork of the Eagle River. According to historical records, the valley was a major combat training area throughout the life of Camp Hale. The following munitions have been confirmed to have been used in the valley: anti-tank rockets, recoilless rifles, rifle grenades, hand grenades, high explosive and illumination mortars, artillery, practice antitank land mines, and small arms. Other munitions may also have been used in the valley. Records show that the CIA also used the valley for military training.

Nova Guides at Camp HaleNova Guides