Monday, April 25, 2011

Buy a Rod, Help a Soldier

I'm a huge fan of Project Healing Waters. The T.L. Johnson Rod Company is creating rods in honor of the different military branches. The Air Force rod is in the example below. The Rods are built by hand in the U.S. 20% of the proceeds goes towards Project Healing Waters. Here is more details about the rod.

USA Made - Fast Action
"Project Healing Waters" Fly Rod - *Air Force*
Clear Anodized reel seat - StandardNickel Silver - UpgradeGun-Barrel Blued Nickel w/Gunstock Walnut insert - UpgradeArmy colors shown with Blued Nickel upgrade. Air Force will be blue thread & silver accent.Proudly made in the U.S.A.
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20% of retail goes to
Buy a Fly Rod... Help the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled military service personnel and veterans through fly fishing and fly tying education and outings. The solitude of a trout stream or the calm waters of a lake have a healing power that can't be explained, but also, can't be denied!

The 'Air Force' Project Healing Waters fly rod is built in the U.S.A. by T.L. Johnson Rod Company and is based on their FX fly rod but customized with Air Force colors. This fly rod incorporates a unique graphite resin system along with helical reinforcement. The unique construction provides a rod design that is very light, yet extremely durable. Project Healing Waters fly rods are balanced to achieve low swing weight. They have a FAST ACTION and the Line weights offered are 4-7 to cover a multitude of fishing situations. The rods are a Matte Finish and are proudly made in the U.S.A.
• Project Healing Waters rods begin with a blank made in the U.S. at the T.L. Johnson factory and are all fitted with quality components, but made affordable. They come in 4 piece configuration and are Fast action. The base rod comes with a beautiful Pewter anodized aluminum reel seat with wood insert, extra fine grade cork half wells grip, a delrin winding check, bright snake guides and tip-top. This Project Healing Waters rod is a true workhorse rod that won’t break the bank!

The Air Force rod is customized with Blue wrappings and Silver accent. Rods are hand inscribed with Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, rod length, line weight, and serial number. All Project Healing Waters rods will have a five (5) digit Serial number. The first digit will indicate branch of service (Unaffiliated will be 0), the second digit will be year (1=2011, 2=2012, etc.), and the last 3 digits will be the rod number.

These rods are custom built as they are ordered, so please allow 4-8 weeks build time on your order.
Until I get get new photos, pictures are of the TL Johnson FX rod.

Optional Hardware upgrades available (at additional cost) are Nickel Silver reel seat with nickel silver winding check or a gorgeous Gun-barrel Blued Nickel reel seat with walnut insert, Blued Nickel winding check, Titanium stripping guide. All reel seats are custom made by Joel Lemke.


  1. What a great idea for a great cause. It gives these men/women something positive to focus on and helps them out at the same time. Looks like a nice rod. Great Post

  2. Thanks Kevin, Fly Fishing Crazy is a proud sponsor of Project Healing Waters. This rod, available exclusively from is my way of being able to give more than my finances or time will allow. I just received rod #001 [Army of course :-)] 2 weeks ago and will be sending it to headquarters in DC for them to ogle over. Hopefully I will start getting some sales soon on this gorgeous rod. I am going to have Terry Johnson build a non branch affiliated rod and donate it to be raffled for the Denver PHW program. BTW if folks are unaware of T.L. Johnson Rod Company, Terry is, IMO, one of the best rod builders in the U.S.