The fabled Flint Rainbow Club provides the outing of a lifetime for PHWFF veterans

Mike Schlimgen, Outing Leader and Deputy Regional Coordinator for our South Central Region, checks-in with a dispatch from Baldwin, MI and the Flint Rainbow Club.  We’re pleased to share it with you below alongside some of the great pictures he took.

August 15-19
Baldwin, MI

Six deserving veterans, from different parts of the country, participated in an outing of a lifetime in Michigan.

Our gracious hosts, Mark Wayde and Mark Jensen arranged for them to stay at the fabled Flint Rainbow Club, and fish for three days with the professional guides at Hawkins Outfitters.

Steve Ladd provided the vision and energy for this outing for many years. He would be proud that this tradition continues in his honor. Related: Remembering Steve Ladd

I was blessed to serve this amazing team as the driver and Outing Leader. They enjoyed fabulous hospitality, great food, and world class fishing on the historic Manistee River.

Thank you Mary and Jim Nichols for your “Extra Mile” hospitality.

Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing provided all travel, food, lodging, and fishing FREE to the disabled veterans that qualified for this National Destination Outing.

A big thank you to the generous donors and supporters.


These brave veterans have served in various conflicts over the past 50 years. Our hosts Mark Wayde (right) and Mark Jensen (left) have successfully carried on the proud tradition of the Flint Rainbow Club trip, originated by Steve Ladd.

Andy, a tough as nails Navy veteran. He is seeking trout from the scenic Pere Marquette river

Bill with a beautiful largemouth bass on the Manistee river.

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