It’s Not Always About The Fish, Right?

For the first time we had a camping to the North Umpqua River for the veterans who brought their children. It was special. We got to help ODFW to move some really huge breeder fish at Rock Creek Hatchery. One fish was almost too much to handle. Otherwise hiking, fly-fishing, visiting Frank and Jeannie Moore and more!

Rusty’s Journal: 

Friday, 05/26/2017

It’s been since the article I wrote about Steamboat that the opportunity has allowed me to fall asleep listening to the North Umpqua.

This time I’m blessed with a glimpse into the future. I was able to see two parents connect and ground themselves with their children. I saw little early morning eyes gradually turn into trustful and compassionate expressions of a soul.

Soon I will be able to share this same journey. Connecting and sharing the pure love of my soul with a beautiful boy named Lian. (Lian is my 2-years-old son).

Saturday, 05/27/2017

A big salmonfly just flew into my tent and landed on my note pad. Most likely someone would jump out of their tent, a gear chucker would smash it, or a bobber watcher would eat it. Being a fly-fisherman, I know the significance and beauty of such a bug. I catch it loosely in my hand and safely free it outside.

Taking a group of Vets on a fishing trip with their kids brings a very deep purpose to the journey. Introducing a little girl to fly-fishing and getting her “hooked” has opened the door to new journeys that this girl and her single mother can enjoy together, healing and growing together.

It isn’t always about the veteran. It can be about the future.

Sunday, 05/28/2017

After breaking camp I took the group to Frank and Jeannie Moore. I confide in Frank often to keep grounded and hopefully obtain some of their wisdom through osmosis.

Samantha and Emma counted Frank’s hats (at least 84), Seth and Corin were captivated by Jeannie, and Frank and I talked.

It was, and always is. A beautiful visit. Frank took the girls out to feed his fish and talked with Seth and Corin at length about hatchery and wild fish. Our visit turned out longer than thought and not once did they pick up a rod!

It isn’t always about the fish, right?






The Tasty North Umpqua:


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Umpqua Jazz & Fly-fishing Experience

Roseburg, Oregon, June 4 – Source One Serenity had a successful first event Umpqua Jazz and Fly-fishing Experience sponsored by Elk Island Trading Group, Lone Rock Timber Company, and Roto-Rooter under the Washington and Oak Ave Bridges in the heart of Roseburg.  

This event has definitely fulfilled its purpose to reach out to our local Veterans and their families. There were about 100 people who attended this event. Some of them took advantage to try out fly-fishing with amazing local fly-fishing instructors, three of them came from Bandon and were teaching spey casting which is a tricky casting technique with no or little room behind the angler. One of the fly-fishing instructors shared his best and touching experience during the event, when a little girl, who is a daughter of a Veteran pulled his shirt and told him in a humble and little voice to teach her fly-fishing. The fly-fishing instructor was so happy to show her how to cast a line.

The event was opened with bagpipes by the Veteran John Pierson.
Jazzy tunes were performed by the talented Umpqua Singers to accompany fly casting and to create a soulful atmosphere on the beautiful waterfront of the South Umpqua River.
Roseburg VA Healthcare System and Disabled Veterans Outreach Program by WorkSource Douglas had a chance to meet Veterans and assist them with their issues.
Freshly smoked BBQ which guests called gourmet BBQ was provided by a Veteran-owned business Big D’s Shredded BBQ.

Chad Alcock from Disabled Veterans Outreach Program by WorkSource Douglas said: “I think that the Jazz and Fly Fishing Experience, put on by Source One Serenity, was a great success. It was a comfortable, welcoming environment. Elena, Rusty, and everyone else that helped put it together should be proud of themselves.”  We definitely know that Umpqua Jazz and Fly-fishing Experience will happen next year and we already look forward to it!

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