HRO Fly Fishing Trip by Russ Johnson
From October 27th to 29th, we had the privilege of accompanying our veterans to the R Bar C Boy Scout Camp situated north of Payson for a memorable fishing experience at Christopher Creek. The individuals truly demonstrated the skills they had acquired during our four weeks of instructional classes. Our time by the river was exceptionally fruitful, with both veterans and camp participants jointly catching and releasing approximately 30 fish.
Among the attendees, we were delighted to welcome three veterans who had previously undergone our fly fishing classes in September. Each of them enjoyed multiple successful catches. When we weren't engaged in fishing, we savored delicious meals expertly prepared by our camp cooks, relaxed in the cozy cabins, or gathered around the campfire on the crisp, starry nights.
A heartwarming highlight of the event was the presentation of a quilt, handcrafted by one of our instructors' wives, which we raffled off to one of our deserving veterans. Building relationships with these remarkable individuals has been a genuine joy, and we've forged friendships that will endure for years to come.
The camaraderie was exceptional, the food was delectable, and the fishing provided a serene and tranquil experience. Collaborating with the AZ Fly Fishers, this year's program proved to be a resounding success, leaving us eager for future classes. We're thrilled to announce that another class is scheduled for April, with an accompanying trip in May. If you're a veteran interested in participating in these classes and trips, please don't hesitate to reach out to us. Additionally, if you're keen on volunteering as a cook for the trip, we welcome your assistance.