Monday, April 14, 2014

Mahoghany campaign chest


This hand crafted, solid mahoghany chest is reminiscent of the days when British (and American) army officers transported copious personal baggage and furniture on long campaigns. Wooden campaign chests served as sturdy luggage, portable offices and most importantly…as a field bar!

The field bar before you is built of solid mahoghany. The dividers are made from Peruvian Walnut and the hardware is solid brass. The bar comes complete with a crystal decanter and four tumblers.

The craftsman who created this chest is Captain David Van Haasteren (U.S. Merchant Marine, Ret.). An avid woodworker for all of his life, David’s specialty is designing and creating fine, functional furniture from beautiful hardwood.  When David is not pursuing his hobby, he is employed as an engineer and travels frequently to Europe.  David and his family reside near GreenvilleSC.

This year’s chest was collaborative effort between David and PHWFF founder Ed Nicholson, who also worked together on the walnut fly tyer’s chest which was auctioned at the 2013 2-Fly Tournamant.   David expended over 150 hours crafting this exquisite chest. Similar manufactured chests retail for over 

Monday, April 7, 2014

Nonnemacher Fly Rod

Nonnemacher Rod's is honored to provide to the highest bidder, either a two or three piece custom bamboo fly rod paired with a beautifully hand crafted Saracione trout MK IV reel at this years PHWFF Silent auction. Be sure to check it out Saturday night.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Rose River Farm Map-- click it to expand view

Regal Fly Tying Table from JANTECH

Another donation to the 2-Fly-- the ultimate fly tying table. You won't want to miss this one. Thanks JANTECH !

Regal Engineering One of a kind vise

Regal has created a special vise for this years 2-Fly event. Embedded in the base unit is a coin with Project Healing Waters stamped into it. This is a beautiful vise and one of the easiest to use. Make sure to check it out at this years silent auction.

Steve Silverio Fly Plate

Check out this wonderful Fly Plate created and donated by Steve Silverio.  Steve is a master at tying and his flies are really pieces of art.  This specific piece was from the 2012 2-Fly event but Steve is working on an even better Fly Plate for this years event.  Thank you Steve for your contribution.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Rose River Cabins

Rose River Farm is putting up a weeknight stay in one of their luxury cabins. These cabins are amazing and there are so many things to do in Madison County like hiking and wonderful fishing. Thank you Douglas for all you do for PHWFF. Check out the cabins here

Yeti Cooler for 2014 Silent Auction

Yeti Cooler's has donated one of their YT65 Coolers for this years 2-Fly Silent Auction.  There is no better cooler out there.  Thank you Yeti for your support of PHWFF.
Harold Harsh with Spring Creek Outfitters has donated a 2 person full day float trip on the North Branch of the Potomac.  This is a wonderful trip with lots of great fishing.  Thank you Harold for your support.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Why I Fly Fish

Great book by Chris Santelli that features PHWFF Founder Ed Nicholson. Buy it at the 2-Fly Auction. Read a great review here

Great Reel Donated by Willow reels for the 2-Fly

Thank you Willow for this beautiful custom PHW reel! This should be a big hit at the auction.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Custom Made Fly Tyers Chest

This hand crafted, solid cherry and walnut fly tyer’s materials chest took over one hundred hours to build.  All of the dovetail joints were cut by hand, and each of  drawers was custom fitted. The chest will hold an impressive amount of fly tying materials or fly fishing equipment. The top compartment can be used to display a dozen or more fine reels or fly collections. 

The craftsman who created this chest is Captain David Van Haasteren (U.S. Merchant Marine, Ret.). An avid woodworker for all of his life, David’s specialty is designing and creating fine, functional furniture from beautiful hardwood.  All of the wood used in this chest was resawn and milled from rough stock. When David is not pursuing his hobby, he is employed as an engineer and travels frequently to Europe.  David and his family reside  near Greenville, SC.
Thank you David for this amazing piece of furniture.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

"Close to Home"

"Close to Home" was created to illustrate John Gierach's 100th column in Fly Rod & Reel magazine. The print is signed by both John Gierach and Bob White.

Chota STL Plus Boots

Chota has donated a pair of their wonderful boots and a set of cleats for this year's 2-Fly. Thank you Chota.

Ruana Knife

Ruana Knife Co. has created a ONE OF A KIND "Smokejumper" knife for this years annual 2-Fly event.  It is engraved with 2013 2-Fly and the PHWFF Logo.  This is an amazing piece that you do not want to miss at this years silent auction.  Thank you Ruana Knife Co. for your support.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Fishing Trip on the Spruce Creek

Gary Burwell is providing a day for 2 of guided fishing on the famous Spruce Creek in central PA. This mostly private stream is an amazing fishery with many large trout to be caught. Lunch is included. Thank you Gary!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Abel Reel Donation

Abel Reels has donated a beautiful PHWFF Reel for this years 2-Fly auction.
The Abel Super 5N trout reel will be anodized in a deep blue finish, with a gold drag knob, and red aluminum handle to correspond with the symbolic colors of the Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing logo. The reel will also feature an engraved logo of the non-profit organization. The 5.9 ounce reel is designed for 5- or 6-weight lines with a capacity of 125 yards of backing and a 5-weight; 100 yards and a 6-weight. The large arbor reel has a hub of 1.850 inches.
Thank you Abel for your support of PHWFF.

Ben and Jerry Nonnemacher to lead 2-fly Auction

Ben and Jerry Nonnemacher have graciously agreed to run this years 2-Fly Auction. Please follow up with these guys if you have any items to donate. They can be reached at or at their website at By the way if you are looking for a beautiful cane rod or a great fly tying table these are the guys to talk to!

Monday, February 18, 2013

Woodcock hunt with the founder of PHWFF

Founder, Ed Nicholson has donated a one day hunt in early 2014 for woodcock in southern Maryland. Join Ed and his English Pointer, Gem for a great day of bird hunting. Thank you Ed for all you do for PHWFF!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Gold Top County Ramblers

Gold Top County Ramblers will be performing at this years 2-Fly event Saturday evening dinner. Learn more about this great band by visiting their website at:

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Gentry's Catering Service is the Best!!!

What can I say about the generosity of Ed Gentry and his son Eddie? For the 5th year in a row they have donated the meals for the 2-Fly. His food is some of the best you will find anywhere. I sure am looking forward to his cooking. You can book Ed for weddings or other events at . Thanks Ed and Eddie!

Friday, April 16, 2010

License Reminder!

Although all the servicemen and women fishing in the 2-Fly are covered by a special license granted by VDGIF for the day, and other participants MUST HAVE A VIRGINIA FISHING LICENSE! They will not be available on site.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Tournament Rules

A. The Two Fly Tournament will field up to thirty teams; ten Pro/Vet teams will comprise a wounded veteran partnered with a professional fly-fishing guide and the remaining twenty teams will be made up of two amateur fly anglers.

A. Contestants will furnish their own fly fishing equipment.
B. The type of rod and fly reel is the choice of the individual contestant.
C. The use of fly floatant, lead weight, leaders or other accessories will be at the discretion of the contestant. Only floating fly lines are permitted.
D. No real or artificial fish attractants, such as scents, are allowed.
E. Traditional strike indicators are allowed.

Event Flies
A. Only two flies of any conventional pattern (dry, wet, nymph, streamer, etc.) will be allowed per contestant through the duration of the Two Fly Event. A total of four flies will be allowed per team. If a contestant loses both flies during the event or the fly angler is finished for the day unless the other team member donates a fly. The same is true for a team that loses all four flies.
B. The rule committee considers that it would be impossible for a veteran (a veteran fishing on a Pro/Vet team!) to lose a fly.
C. Flies must be tied on a single barbless hook, or on a hook with the barb pushed down.

Fishing Procedure
A. Federal and state rules and regulations governing the waters to be fished will be strictly observed.
B. The river will be divided into fifteen fishable beats.
C. All Teams will fish at least two, one and half hour increments, unless they lose all their allowed flies. Teams will be assigned a fishing beat for the morning fishing session and during the lunch break will be assigned a new fishing beat for the afternoon fishing session.
D. Both team members can fish at any one time but teams are strongly encouraged to consider only allowing one team member to fish, depending on the size of the fishing beat.
E. Each fishable beat will be assigned Stream Monitors who will confirm and validate each caught trout on a scoring sheet. Stream Monitors will also assist wounded vets on an as needed basis.
F. All trout species will be counted in the scoring. No “Fall” Fish will be counted. For a trout to be counted as “caught,” the Stream Monitor needs to see the trout being landed and released with a little impact to the fish as possible.
G. Each Team may only have three caught trout measured by the Stream Monitor during the tournament.
H. Fishing hours on the Rose River will be from 8:00 AM until 4:30 PM.
I. If a contestant's fly becomes caught in brush or in a snag, it may be recovered and reattached to the leader. The contestant may continue fishing in the event. The contestant can be disqualified by the Stream Monitor for any unsafe practice used to retrieve a fly.
J. Daily scoring ends for the contestant when his two flies become irretrievably lost. The contestant whose fishing has ended may continue to support his team member through advice and other encouragement.

A. To be counted in the score, the release of a caught trout must be witnessed by the Stream Monitor. Each of these trout will have a value of two points.
B. Each team will be allowed to select three (3) trout to measure during the day. All trout not selected for measurement will be released immediately, preferably without removing them from the water.
C. Measurement of trout shall be done by the Stream Monitor while the trout is in the water whenever possible. The Stream Monitor will measure the trout with the tournament ruler. Any trout which measures ½" or greater is rounded to the next full inch by the scoring committee. For example, a measurement of 21 ½" equal 22 inches for scoring purposes. The stream monitor will measure and record the exact fractional inch and allow the scoring committee to tabulate the final value. Fish are measured from the tip of the nose to the tip of the relaxed tail. The tail is not to be pinched.

A. A $1.00 penalty will be assessed for any fish killed or ruled by the Stream Monitor to be unable to survive. The fish will not be counted as a caught fish.
B. Any contestant that hooks his teammate, a competing team member or a stream monitor will be assessed a $10.00 penalty.
C. Any contestant that foul hooks a trout (on a location other than the trout’s mouth) by snagging or other hook set will be assessed a $1.00 penalty.
D. All penalties will be collected at the end of the fishing day and donated to Project Healing Water as a contribution from that angler.
E. The Stream Monitor is responsible for monitoring Teams for any Rules Violation or unsportsmanlike conduct and will notify the Rules Committee of any such occurrence. The Committee will rule on the violation within one hour after receiving it. Penalties will vary with the violation, from sanctions, to nullifying daily scores, to disqualification from the event. Violations will be considered only from the Stream Monitor who is responsible for the assigned fishing beats where the rules violation or behavior was observed.

These rules are subject to change and modification as directed by the Two Fly Committee.