Independent Record: Theraputic ties to water

For a lot of Montanans, fly fishing is a way of life.

For others, like Travis Williams, it’s a lifesaver.

Williams joined the Marine Corps in 2002, and was a member of Lima Company’s 3rd Battalion, 25th Marines. In August 2005, his entire squad was killed in Iraq. He left the Corps in 2006.

Fishing, he said, is something he could easily fall back on upon his return.

“I like the temperature that my feet feel when I’m standing in the river,” he said. “I like not worrying about the clock.

“Fishing has been my savior.”

Wednesday in Craig, Williams joined seven other veterans at Craig’s Headhunters Missouri River Fly Shop and Guide Service on the night before their third annual fishing trip for Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing. He said he got a free hat and fly rod, and he won a T-shirt.

“I’ve had a pretty good day,” he said as the sun set on the beautiful little town.

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