There are many great causes to donate your time and money too. Whether you enjoy the sport of fly fishing or not, I think supporting our men and women who have served or are currently serving in the armed forces is a great way to say thanks. We'll, Project Healing Waters, an organization that helps wounded soldiers get back into something new like fly fishing, is always looking for help and often organizes events like the Battle at Boxwood to raise funds.
"The Battle at Boxwood is set for the weekend of Aug. 20-21," said Larry Snyder, avid fly fisher and big supporter of Project Healing Waters. "This event will be a competitive fly fishing trout tournament where anglers will catch rainbows, browns, cutthroats, cutbows and brookies averaging 16 to 22 inches with maybe a few 30 inchers in the mix, on three miles of private water on the North Fork of the South Platte River. The place is known too many as Boxwood Gulch."
Located approximately 50 miles southwest of Denver in the small town of Shawnee, CO, Boxwood Gulch will see two days of competition with 10 four-man teams. Each team will include a professional guide, a recovering service member, a NHL player (current or retired) and a paying participant. The cost is only $750 which includes a full day of guided fishing, beverages, snacks, dinner and a complete 5-weight outfit from Scientific Anglers and Ross Worldwide valued at $700.
"The top three teams from each day will be determined by total length of fish," added Snyder. "Daily winners will earn trophies and bragging rights. Anglers can sign up online. Sponsors can also reserve a spot knowing their donation is going to a great cause."
Fly fishing industry leaders or private companies looking to sponsor this great event can contact Steve Payner (715-941-4540), the Battle at Boxwood event director. Keep in mind, the event will be will be taped for an episode of the award winning TV series Fly Rod Chronicles and seen nationally on the Sportsman Channel network with an estimated viewing audience 3,000,000.