DRiFT - DuPage Rivers Fly Tyers - Conserving, Restoring, and Educating Through Fly Fishing
"It is easy to take liberty for granted, when you never have had it taken from you."
- Unknown

Dr. Arthur G. Mazzier is a founding member of DRiFT, a visionary in conservation through fly fishing. And a U.S. Veteran. Through his passion, and compassion, for those who have sacrificed so much for our country, he has lead DRiFT into one of the most important missions in our history -- Project Healing Waters.

Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing is a non-profit organization initiated by members of Trout Unlimited and the Federation of Fly Fishers. Its purpose is to assist military personnel, wounded or injured in the line of duty, in their physical and emotional recovery by introducing or rebuilding the skills of fly fishing and fly tying. It is our hope that these Vets will use and enjoy the skills they learn as lifelong recreation.

Here, in Art's own words, are DRiFT's dreams for the program:

"While fly fishing and tying have wonderful recreational value, the mission of our program is to aid the occupational and physical therapy staffs at VA hospitals in the physical and emotional recovery of our Vets.

Our commitment through DRiFT is to hold a program twice monthly at the Hines Medical Veterans Hospital in Hines, IL. Our volunteers spend at least six hours each month traveling to the hospital and teaching. We have 5 to 15 volunteers for each program. All equipment and materials are donated by the Healing Waters Organization, DRiFT and our members.

It took a year to organize and introduce this program, and the members of DRiFT have been volunteering for over two years.

Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing is an amazingly important endeavor. Your support -- whether time, talent or funding -- is greatly needed and appreciated!"

Arthur G. Mazzier
DRiFT Project Healing Waters Director

If you are interested in learing more about this program, please contact our Project Healing Waters Director, Arthur Mazzier, by using our Contact Form.

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