The 2017 PHWFF Rod Building Program and Competition has shifted into high gear and we wanted to share a some of the remarkable fly rods being built by our participants across the county. There are 98 PHWFF Programs throughout the United States taking part, so this represents just a small fraction of the incredible work being done. With over 800 participants involved this year, it is the largest number ever to be enrolled in this annual program and they have been hard at work crafting amazing pieces of functional angling art. We’ll be sharing more from other PHWFF Programs in the weeks to come.
Thanks to a generous grant from the Bob Woodruff Foundation we have been able to provide this great program to a record-setting number of PHWFF participants in 2017.
The purpose of the Rod Building Program is to give our participants the experience of building their own fly rods to further their physical and mental rehabilitation through the sport of fly fishing. It is a way for them to further showcase the skills and creativity garnered from program classes, meetings, and independent study in a casual, fun program. Additionally, the rod building program has a fun competition component as well, which gives participants the chance to win prizes for their rod building abilities. These prizes may include the opportunity to further their rod building experience by attending a bamboo rod building school or attend a PHWFF National fly fishing trip.