ON THE SHORELINE OF THE DELAWARE RIVER — “I don’t pull trout out of a hole,” said Ed Tansue, “it was trout that pulled me out of a hole.”

Tansue, who lives in Saylorsburg, Pa., was awaiting a trip down a section of the Delaware River in a drift boat, fly-casting for whatever might be there.

Tansue was among 10 participants in Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, and spent a day on the river as guests of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.

The program, founded in 2005 by a retired U.S. Navy captain, “is dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled active military service personnel and disabled veterans through fly fishing and associated activities including education and outings.”

That’s the formal statement from the group’s website (www.projecthealingwaters.org.)

It hits home a little harder when the idea of the group is spoken by one of the project coordinators, John Rocchio: “Trout live in very lovely places.”

A Vietnam Era veteran, Rocchio helps put together events such as the fishing trip earlier this week.

Nine of the group are from Pennsylvania and one came from Dover, Del. The Pocono Environmental Education Center, located within the national park, provided room and board for the trip.



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