On Thursday June 18, 2020 at 6pm EST, Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing veteran ambassador and professional fly tier SGT Joe Jackson, U.S. Army (ret) of Sgt Bassfisher will broadcast a virtual fly tying class live on the Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing Facebook Page.

Join PHWFF veteran ambassador and professional fly tier SGT Joe Jackson, U.S. Army (ret) for a virtual fly tying class…

Posted by Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Inc. on Wednesday, June 17, 2020

He will be tying a basic “Stacked Deer Hair Diver” – here’s what you need to tie along at home:

  • Hook 2/0 universal predator x
  • Tail- neck hackle or strung hackle
  • Body- white tail belly hair and body hair.
  • Colors – grey, natural, brown and tan.
  • Eye -Any 3D eye will work
  • Belly/Eye Coating- solarez bone-dry and thin

Joe Jackson was raised in a small town in southern Indiana. A love of fishing, hunting and wildlife was instilled in Joe at a young age. During his 14 years enlisted in the U.S. Army he deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq. He found Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing a year after being honorably discharged and his curiosity in fly fishing and tying bloomed into a love and obsession. He started tying in November 2015, placed second in Project Healing Waters National Fly Tying Contest in 2017. Joe received the Everett Drake Fly Tying Award in 2018. Joe ties flies for all warm, cold and salt water species with a focus on Deerhair flies. His realistic art flies like the hummingbird, pheasant, Grinch, Baby Yoda, kingfisher and others have been sent across the globe. Joe currently lives with his wife and 4 children, all of whom share his love of fly fishing/tying. He believes the most important thing anyone in this industry can do is to get kids out on the water and behind a vise.


His pro team and Ambassador affiliations are Regal Vise, Natures Spirit Fly Tying, Dette Flies, Partridge  hooks. Willowemoc creek dist. Dr. Slick tools, Solarez Uv, J. Stockard fly fishing, Wade-Deep, fly Trap Fly Holder and Semperfli Fly Rods. He also operates Sgt. Bassfisher offering top quality custom flies — learn more at https://www.sgtbassfisher.com/


Joe frequents fly fishing shows around the nation as a guest or featured tyer Ie: international Fly tying symposium,  (the fly fishing brand shows) in PA, New Jersey, (local  Indiana shows), heartland fky fishing festival, three rivers fly show, Midwest fly fishing expo Warren Michigan, Cincinnati fly show. (FFI Shows) flint Michigan, Sowbug Round up Mountain home Arkansas. Aside from reaching out to veterans about fly fishing and tying, Joe is currently working with Bradford woods an Indiana University property to establish a fly fishing camp aimed at getting inner city kids and under privileged outdoors and on the water.

Interested in joining another PHWFF virtual event?