Our application window for 2021 programs is closed. If you have questions regarding participating in a Fishing Experience, please fill out our inquiry form. You will then be added to our email notification list when our application window opens.

Warriors & Quiet Waters foundation serves individuals who can benefit from a WQW Fishing Experience (FX). Military service documents (i.e. DD 214s, active duty service records), applications, and inquires are thoroughly evaluated by our Chief Program Officer, Saul Martinez, a former Army Infantryman and Purple Heart recipient, and Director of Programs, Audrey Chorak.

FXs are hosted at Quiet Waters Ranch


  • be a Post-9/11 combat veteran
  • provide DD214 Member-4 copy and current photo (If the applicant is active duty, we will request other service documentation or contact current command as necessary).
  • be committed to positive growth and learning
  • if you are a caregiver, we require the above information on your care recipient

Selection for a WQW FX is NOT GUARANTEED even if all program criteria are met. Selection is at WQW’s discretion and we appreciate your understanding.

Warrior Spouse 2017 Couples FX Participant

Not often are spouses given a break to be truly taken care of and that break has made a world of difference in my perspective and view of the future.

Wallace and Scarlet Fanene Warrior and Spouse, 2016 Couple’s Fishing Experience Participants

The experience of being out on the river has been humbling and peaceful and we know that what we’ll take home from this experience will feed our family mentally and emotionally.

SSG Mansour 2015 Alumni FX Participant, 2015 Couple’s FX Participant

Words cannot express the gratitude for all you have done for me and my wife, and children. You all have made me want to be a better husband and father.

SSG Gibson 2013 Warrior Participant, 2014 Couple’s Participant, 2015 Alumni Participant

WQW is more than a place to just fly fish. It offers veterans a chance to connect with each other and create lasting relationships.


  • WQW programs are at no cost to the participant including paid for air travel to Montana, comfortable lodging and home-cooked meals, professional instruction and gear for fly fishing
  • WQW has an active ZERO ALCOHOL policy on all FXs
  • WQW also has a SERVICE DOG acknowledgment and agreement that allows the dogs to go fishing with participants
  • Our staff, guides, and volunteers are well-versed at accommodating various types of disabilities and conditions (including those who are visually and audibly impaired) to ensure a positive and rewarding experience and are highly encouraged to apply. Quiet Waters Ranch is also ADA compliant.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long is a typical day during an FX?

A typical day starts around 7:30am and ends anywhere from 8:00-10:00pm depending on your interest in the evening’s activities.

What do we do during the week?

Do I get to keep the gear issued to me?

YES! Everything from the SIMMS gear to the smallest fly is yours to keep. Our goal is to set you up with the equipment you need so you can continue to fish independently if you choose without gear acquisition being an issue.

Is there an opportunity to return once I’ve participated in an FX?

YES! WQW strives to build long-term relationships with our participants and we are always looking to have you return for progressive programming or as a volunteer.

Warriors who attend a WQW Solo FX are not guaranteed an invitation to return for a Couples FX or other programs.

Can I bring my Service Dog?

YES! Legitimately trained and recognized service dogs are welcome. The handler must provide all food, working equipment and waste handling items while on an FX. We also request the handler ensures his/her dog behaves properly and is under voice control while on a WQW event. **Airport travel with a service dog is at the responsibility of the handler. This includes contacting the specific airline/airport prior to travel with the service dog if necessary.

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Warriors and Quiet Waters

351 Evergreen Drive, Suite A Bozeman, MT 59715