NCCFFF

  • As of this writing we are drawing (15 +) volunteers from the following NCCFFF clubs: (Alphabetically)
  • • As of this writing we are drawing (15 +) volunteers from the following NCCFFF clubs: (Alphabetically)
    • VFFF is an education committee under the NCCFFF VP of Education, and uses the NCCFFF 501 (c)(3) tax ID and insurance.
    o We operate our (Programs-Fly tying and casting) within VA Hospitals, clinics and Vet Centers (Primarily PTSD clinics).
    o As part of the NCCFFF we do not have any paid staff, except for stationary, printing and postal costs all of our funding goes directly to fund the workshops, outings, and Adaptive Equipment for the veterans participating in our program.
    o Our volunteers pay their own way on all activities, outings and events – making the majority of the funding available for materials, tools, equipment, food, lodging, travel expenses, and fees for the veterans.

VFFF does not consider itself the only group helping veterans appreciate fly fishing.

In fact we reject the notion that any group consider itself the only group helping veterans appreciate fly fishing.

VFFF, welcomes opportunities to partner and cooperatively collaborate with similar groups as long as it benefits our veterans.

What we do:

  • • Drawing from the above clubs our volunteers teach/conduct a Fly Fishing Workshop as follows:
    • Since 2012 Granite Bay, 1x/month at the Fly Casters of Granite Bay club meeting led by Art Livingston.
    • Since 2009 Livermore VA CLC, 2X/Month with (3) Volunteers led by Ken Brunskill.
    • Since 2010 Menlo Park VA 2X/Month currently at the 1st Step program led by Ken Brunskill .
    • Since 2013 Oakland VA, 1X/month with (3-4) volunteers led by Al Tom
    • Since 2012 Palo Alto VA Spinal Cord unit 2X/Month with (2) Volunteers led by Gene Kaczmarek.
    • Since 2013 San Jose VA 1X/month with (1) – (2) volunteers led by John Parks.
    • Beginning in 2016 a new program at the San Jose Elks with several volunteers led by John Parks.
    • Beginning in 2016 a new program at the Stockton Elks Lodge with (2) volunteers led by Craig Williams.
    • Beginning in 2016 a new program at the Reno, VA with several volunteers led by John Imsdahl.
    • A Fly Fishing Workshop consists of the following:
    o One or more Fly Tying stations for those able to use both hands
    o One or more Evergreen Hand (One Hand Fly Tying stations for those only able to use
    one hand)
    o Fly Casting indoors with the Rajeff Micro practice Rods
    o Fly Casting outdoors with rod/reel outfits donated by Cabela’s or in the Menlo Park VA their own Rods/Reels
    • Since 2009 & when invited we have participated in an (5) day event at Wounded Warrior event at Horseshoe Bar Preserve where 6-8 veterans experience one-one mentoring on fly fishing.
    • Since 2010 we have participated in a weekend campout with the Menlo Park VA’s HVRP, where we offer a fly fishing opportunity to up to 70 veterans on the Truckee R. near Truckee.
    • Since 2009 every May we take up to 30 veterans Fly Fishing to Shadow Cliffs in Pleasanton, CA.
    • In 2012 & 2013 we hosted an event to take up to (6) veterans to Eagle Canyon Trophy Trout Lakes near Red Bluff for a day of fishing for some really huge trout.
    • Every year there is sufficient water we take up to 25 veterans to Bear Gulch. A private Res. in Woodside, CA.
    • In July of 2012 we began working with Hero’s on the Water (HOW), another great group, these volunteers teach veterans and WTU (Warriors in Transition Units) to enjoy the outdoors using Kayaks. We hope to do more cooperative outing with the area HOW folks.
    • In August of 2015 we took 5 veterans form the Palo Alto & Menlo Park VA’s to Oregon for one week to fish the Deschutes River and participate in the IFFF Festival of Fly Fishing.
    • In 2015 we added New York to our program with Gary Romanic as the Eastern Vice Chairman of VFFF.
    • In June of 2016 we are taking up to 8 veterans to Lake Almanor to fish the Hex Hatch.
    • In August of 2016 we are taking up to 4 veterans to Montana to fish Yellowstone Nat’l Park and participate in the IFFF Festival of Fly Fishing.
    • We take veterans to the Casting Ponds at Golden Gate park, Oakland’s Leona Park, and the FCSJ ponds in Campbell where we get these veterans out doors and doing some casting.
    Ken Brunskill, Founder and National Chairman,
    Veterans First Fly Fishing
    PO Box 8114
    Fremont, CA. 94537
    510-793-7913
    Your donations will strengthen this program and allow us to do more and better events, provide more materials and equipment.
    Donations do not always need to be monetary; we can use old rods, reels, waders, wading boots, vests, etc. So please be generous and help these men & women that have served our country so generously themselves.

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