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The Veterans Guide to Local Hatches in Southeastern Pennsylvania is a newly published book that came about as a suggestion from a PHWFF veteran participant in West Bradford, PA for a hatch chart detailing local waterways.  Immediately upon opening the book you see its dedication:

This book is dedicated to the veteran participants of Project Healing Waters West Bradford, Chester County, Pennsylvania, for their unselfish service in times of conflict to protect our liberties and principles of our nation. By their service and sacrifice our flag still flies over a nation of free people. This is just a small token of my thanks for your service and sacrifice. – The “Old Man”

Though the author prefers to remain anonymous, the book was edited by PHWFF volunteer/participant Charles P Speakman III and  worked on by 4 PHWFF veterans and volunteers who provided great insights and support during the process : Caleb Coldiron (PHWFF West Bradford), Jim Clark (USAF Veteran and volunteer), Dave Riggio (Deputy Regional Coordinator: Pennsylvania Region ), and a friend.  It’s a great, information-packed book which serves to provide not only a resource for anglers, but its sales also benefit the PHWFF West Bradford, PA Program.

From their website:

Tveterans-guide-to-local-hatches-in-se-pahe Veterans Guide to Local Hatches in Southeastern Pennsylvania is a collection and exhibition of one man’s, the “Old Man’s”, notes and journals from decades of fly fishing in Southeastern Pennsylvania. This Vietnam veteran meticulously logged his fly fishing experiences, the successful, the unsuccessful, the trials, the errors, and the surprises.

Now, he has consolidated his notes into a published book. This guide is much more than a guide telling you what you should and should not fish with in Southeastern Pennsylvania. It is written with scientific methodology and an overwhelming attention to fine details. Not only can you learn what flies work where, but you can learn when to use them, how to use them, what time of the day and seasons to use them, what color patterns to use in specific waterways, and even what natural signs to look for in the nature around you to decide how to best match the hatch.

This guide is also equipped with a thorough Index so you can search for specific waterways, search for specific fly types and patterns, and thoroughly research your proposed fishing whole before you even head out. Let the “Old Man’s” decades of experience and his high attention to fine details make your fishing trip in Southeastern PA more fun and successful.

As the author is involved with Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing Inc., an international non-profit organization benefiting and enhancing the recovery of both active duty and service connected disabled veterans through fly fishing, all the proceeds from the sale of this book go towards Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing.

You can purchase a copy here: