Meet the Finalists – Intermediate Fly Rods: The 14th Annual Fly Rod Building Competition

We are pleased to announce the Finalists for Category 2: Intermediate Fly Rods in the 14th Annual PHW Fly Rod Building Competition!

Now in its 14th year, the National Fly Rod Building Competition is focused on expanding the therapeutic experience for Veterans participating in PHW programs by giving them the experience of building their own fly rods to further their physical and mental rehabilitation through the sport of fly fishing.  The program also has a fun competition component which gives participants the chance to win prizes for their rod building abilities. The Fly Rod Building Competition features four (4) separate judging rounds for Beginner (Category 1), Intermediate (Category 2), Advanced (Category 3), and Veteran Ambassador (Category 4).

We are pleased to announce the finalists for Category 2: Beginner! Over 400 votes were cast during the Category 2 Public Judging Round, determining who moves on to the Finals Round to be judged by an expert panel who will determine the winners.

The winners will be announced on November 14, 2022 at


Category 2: Intermediate

This category is for participants who are building their 2nd or 3rd fly rod.

  • Joseph Ashley | PHW Winston Salem, NC
  • Shane Hallowell | PHW Charleston, SC
  • Moses Key | PHW Charleston, SC
  • Aaron Trevino | PHW Winston Salem, NC
  • Allen Odell | PHW Murfreesboro, TN
  • Daniel Randazzo | PHW Eglin, FL

These top fly rods from Category 2: Intermediate will move on to the finals with an expert panel of judges who will determine 1st, 2nd & 3rd place . Winners of Category 2: Intermediate will be announced on November 14, 2022 at

Click here to learn more about the 14th Annual Fly Rod Building Competition

Fly Rod Building: A Life Saving Gift

“Fly rod building is very therapeutic for me, it is my release. It allows me to focus on something and allows me to be creative which I think is a key part of recovery and healing

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