Amarillo Fly Guys help heal vets through fly fishing

Amarillo Fly Guys help wounded veterans deal with emotional and physical scars through fly fishing activities.

"We're here to help veterans with anything they might be going through," said Amarillo Fly Guys President, Austin McWhorter. "May it be a physical scar or a mental scar, we're just here to have fun and fly fish."

The group is a Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing chapter for Amarillo. Fly fishing is a way for veterans to heal and get their mind off of their troubles. Members learn how to fly fish, make their own flies and even go out on fly fishing trips.

"It's just so tedious and small and it takes your mind off of everything," said Donavan Wainright.

After seven years of serving America, Wainright was wounded and medically discharged from the Army. Being a part of the Amarillo Fly Guys has helped with the transition he said.

"You forget about everything that's going on in your life and you're just out there thinking about how you're going to catch your next fish," said Wainright.

Founder Kyle McAdams noticed that even though the area had a lot of other programs that catered to veterans, most of them were one-time events and not continuous.

"The healing process for a lot of these guys, especially dealing with a lot of the post-traumatic stress syndrome and things like that, it's an on-going deal," said McAdams.

McAdams thought this would be a good way to give back to veterans that have served our country.

"It's something that once they learn how to do, they can go out on their own weekend excursion with their families," said McAdams. "You heal the solider, you heal the family and bring them all together and it's a win win for everybody."

The group meets at the VFW on the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m.

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