A few months ago, we put the word out to the guys that we would be heading to the river at the end of March, to chase the little silver bullets that migrate upriver every Spring. We spent several meetings teaching our members how to tie different types of shad flies, and spent evenings practicing casting 200gr sinking lines on 5wts. I made contact with a few good buddies who were kind enough to offer to host our Vets on their boats for the day. Everything seemed to fall into place.
A few days before the trip, the weather report took a turn for the worse, with a forecast of 100% rain. I spent those last couple days with knots in my stomach trying to make a decision on how to handle the trip with the bad weather.
Plenty of good stories were told over the buffet at Ralphs BBQ that afternoon, and I have no doubt a few new friendships were forged that day. The trip was a great success and it couldn't have happened without the generosity of people like Chuck Laughridge, Greg Hurt, and Dean Lamont...nor without the help of fine companies like Temple Fork Outfitters and Scientific Anglers. Most of all, I want to thank our PHWFF participants and all of our US Military who are out there fighting for our Freedom. I owe you all a debt of gratitude and I'm already anxious for next years PHWFF Shad outing on the Roanoke River.