Warriors & Quiet Waters Foundation currently offers five unique program models to support post-9/11 combat veterans and their loved ones.

The Solo Fishing Experience

The Couples Fishing Experience

Women’s Fishing Experience

Military Caregiver Fishing Experience

Coaching Fishing Experience

The Solo Fishing Experience

The Solo Fishing Experience:

A Solo Fishing Experience (FX) brings six first-time Warrior participants together for a week of camaraderie. Participation in a therapeutic Fly Fishing Experience may be the first time a Warrior has asked for, or accepted, help. It may be his or her first time stepping onto the path of emotional healing. Outcomes often include a reduction in feelings of isolation, better mental health, and improved relationships.


Arrival Day


Participants arrive in Bozeman and are met by WQW staff and volunteers. The participants are then transported to Quiet Waters Ranch (QWR) for lunch and downtime. Lunch is followed by a visit to SIMMS Fishing Products headquarters to be outfitted with top of the line gear. Once outfitted, the participants retire to Quiet Waters Ranch. Each evening during the week, participants can expect relaxing evenings and delicious home cooked meals provided by the volunteer “Mom” crew.

Fly Fishing 101


The first full day of fishing takes place on a private pond. Each participant is paired with a volunteer companion and a professional, licensed fly fishing guide. The morning is full of instruction focused on the fundamentals of fly fishing. WQW’s volunteer support crew serves an outdoor lunch before participants head to the pond to finish their instruction for the day. The group is introduced to fly-tying before the evening concludes.

Fishing Day 1


This is the Warriors’ first introduction to some of Montana’s premier Blue Ribbon trout streams. Each Warrior spends the day either floating or walking/wading with their guide and companion on one of the many public or private waters around Southwest Montana. Adaptive equipment is available as needed for the various conditions of our participants.

Fishing Day 2


The Warriors once again head out with their guides and companions for a full day of fishing. At day’s end, everyone involved in the week – Warriors, guides, volunteers, and a few staff members – meet at Quiet Waters Ranch for a “Sayonara” dinner.

Departure Day


Participants are transported to the airport. By now the participants have become a part of the WQW family. They also have the basic skills and equipment necessary to continue the healing craft of fly fishing independently.



  • You DO NOT have to be a Purple Heart recipient to qualify for our programs
  • Quiet Waters Ranch is 100% ADA accessible
  • All applications and service documents are thoroughly reviewed for qualifying criteria by our Director and Deputy Director of Programs.
  • Applications for our 2021 Fishing Experiences are closed. You can add your name to our waitlist here.

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