FFV presents PHWFF founder Ed Nicholson with Nat Burgwyn lifetime achievement award


At the March diner meeting the FFV presented Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing founder Ed Nicholson with the Nat Burgwyn Lifetime Achievement award.

Phil Johnson (R) had the honor of presenting the award to Ed.



Ed was reared in Northern Ohio in the small town of Wadsworth, where as a youth he developed a love of the outdoors. After graduating from the University of North Carolina in 1964, and receiving a commission as an Ensign in the United States Navy (R), he was off to sea on what he thought, at the time, was two years of obligated service.  It didn’t take long for him to decide that life in the Navy was his calling, and he transitioned to the regular Navy, embarking on a career that would span thirty years.

Along the way, there were a succession of assignments, with duty on seven ships (culminating in commands of a destroyer and frigate); Post-Graduate School in Monterey, California; a tour in Viet Nam, as a Riverine Advisor in the Mekong Delta; a stint at the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, earning a Masters in National Security and Strategic Studies; and, ultimately, commands of two ordnance-related shore installations, prior to his retirement as a Captain in 1994.

After retiring from the Navy, Ed worked for ten years for Applied Ordnance Technologies in Southern Maryland, the location of his last duty station.  During that time, he worked as a Program Manager on various projects, and, prior to retiring, was a Director, managing offices in three different locations.

Ed’s own stay in Walter Reed Army Medical Center, in 2005, presented him with a close look at the wounded returning from the conflict in Iraq (and later Afghanistan) and was the genesis for Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing (PHWFF).  A desire to offer fly fishing to recovering injured and wounded service members wanting to join him on outings soon (with the help of a great many others) blossomed into a project that now encompasses not only the recovering warriors of Walter Reed, but other disabled veterans in-need, at over 200 programs serving all 50 states, and our military in Germany.  In recognition of the work PHWFF has accomplished since its inception, Ed was selected as a CNN Hero in 2009. In 2010, the National Consortium for Academics and Sports presented him with their Giant Steps Civic Leader Award.  In 2012 he was selected as a Purpose Prize fellow by Encore.org, and the following year he was honored as a recipient of the 2013 Purpose Prize. In March of 2014, Ed was recognized by Field and Stream magazine with a Hero of Conservation Award, and that following August he was selected as one of Huffington Post’s “50 over 50.” In 2017, Ed and PHWFF were featured in People Magazine’s on-line publication.  Ed officially retired in March of 2017 but remains passionately involved in PHWFF and committed to helping our disabled veterans and service members enjoy a better life, through participation in fly fishing education and outings and, more importantly, in building lasting mentoring relationships that will follow them as they transition to civilian life.

Ed lives in Port Tobacco, Maryland, with his wife, Leslie, and his faithful bird-hunting companions, Pointers Ruby and Stella.



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FFV Ex-officio Richard Roadcap presented the Kenny Grandstaff award

FFV president Tom Mlot (R) presenting Richard Roadcap the Kenny Grandstaff award.

At our January Annual Banquet FFV Ex-officio Richard Roadcap was presented the Kenny Grandstaff Continuing Service award for his many years of dedicated service to the Fly Fishers of Virginia.




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Bernard ‘Lefty’ Kreh

Fly fishing legend Bernard ‘Lefty’ Kreh passed away March 14, 2018.


Lefty was very kind to the FFV over the years.

We had him visit with us as a dinner speaker on several occasions and he was good friends with several of our club’s members.

He will be missed by many.

Here is a fitting tribute by his longtime friend Flip Pallot.


Lefty giving a casting lesson before the FFV 2004 Annual Banquet




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March 15th, FFV Dinner meeting


Our Thursday, March 15th dinner meeting speaker will be Mike Bednarski, Fisheries Director of the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.



Mike will talk to us about the ‘state of our fisheries’.






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January 27th, 2018 FFV Annual Banquet


Join us on January 27th, 2018 for our Fly Fishers of Virginia Annual Banquet.



Our guest speaker will be Brian O’keefe



Fishing Bum With A Camera

I have had so much fun pretending to call fly fishing photography work, that I still describe this endeavor as a ‘hobby out of control’. I sold my first fly fishing photograph when I was 16 years old, and let me tell you, that was a fairly long time ago. Since then, it has been my absolute pleasure to work with some of the finest publishers, magazine and photo editors and graphic artists in the world. I consider the following publishers of fly fishing  photography some of the finest, and thank you for using me as a contributor: Field & Stream Magazine, USA Today, The Drake Magazine,  Outside Magazine, American Angler Magazine, Orvis, Patagonia, Fly Fisherman Magazine, Outdoor Life Magazine, Catch Magazine, Fly Rod and Reel Magazine, Northwest Flyfishing Magazine, Voyage de Pesch Magazine, Oregon Tourism, Chile Tourism… I could go on and on, especially with the addition of blogs and all the websites for fly fishing lodges, products, travel companies, etc. It has been a good ride and thanks to everyone who has helped me along the way. I am more of a shoot from the hip photographer. I rarely use a tripod and I usually have to put down my fly rod or the oars to organize a shot. My style is basically editorial in nature and natural. I do not use professional models or fancy lighting. If I did, I couldn’t call this a hobby out of control. I have a very deep collection of images. From my backyard pond, here in Oregon, to far flung destinations like Alaska, the Bahamas, Chile, Argentina, New Zealand, Tonga, England, Mexico, Belize, Sierra Leone, Christmas Island and many more. Every decent fly fishing photographer has these kinds of lists, also. But, I have a little more time on the water than most. For example, I have made over 50 trips to Alaska and over 30 trips each to the Bahamas and Belize. Let me know what you are looking for, I’ll probably have it.




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FFV November 16th dinner



Please join us on Thursday, November 16th for an afternoon and evening with Ken Gangler of  Gangler’s North Seal river lodge.





Some bio ‘tidbits’ about Ken:



Born and raised in Chicago in 1960, moved to North-central Florida in 1994.  Been in the lodge business since 1984. Helped spearhead the introduction of fly-fishing for Northern pike since the early 1990s with hosted trips by some of the top names in the business. Lefty Kreh (8 trips), Flip Pallot, Dan Blanton, Ed Jawrowski, Bob Clouser, Nick Curcionne, Wanda Taylor are  just some of the noted fly-fishermen who have enjoyed Gangler’s. In 1997, instrumental in the development of Gangler’s North Seal River Lodge, Northern Canada’s top destination.



There will be an afternoon session too…more info to come!




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