Amarillo veterans receive therapy tying fishing flies

Amarillo veterans receive therapy tying fishing flies
Veterans receive therapy through tying fishing flies (Source: kfda)

AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - Amarillo veterans participated in a unique form of therapy to help find a new sense of release through tying fishing flies.

Amarillo veterans receive therapy tying fishing flies

The Amarillo Fly Guys club partnered with the Veterans Resource Center by providing supplies for veterans to tie fishing flies and learn the benefits that come with it.

The experience is said to help veterans cope with post-traumatic stress disorder and get a distraction from daily stressors, along with other benefits.

“It’s really therapeutic for the veterans,” said Veterans Resource Center Program Coordinator Shyla Dubois. “It helps build hand-eye coordination and they can visit with each other without really having to talk but the actual benefit of tying flies. That’s where the therapy comes from. It really works with the brain, so by engaging their right and left hemispheres of their brain, that’s really kind of how it helps the brain heal.”

Dubois mentioned the phrase “catch and release”, meaning veterans will get a sense of release before they even begin to fish.

“People can heal without really even having to know what’s working in their brains by doing it, which is the beauty of it,” said Dubois. “It is an absolutely unique way to help and encourage each other, love each other and get to know any other veterans who they may not associate with during the day.”

Tying flies was free for veterans and came with a meal. However, one veteran explained how the event provided more than just free food.

“It gives us a chance to get our minds outside of the box and outside of here,” said Marine Corps Veteran Scott Beck. “It’s giving us another therapeutic, because we do equine with the horses and now we’re gonna be able to do this. So it’s multiple avenues basically. We can actually get out of our mindset, the PTSD, and [find] ways to de-stress and get away from the war time stuff.”

This weekend, they will be able to put their new skills to the test.

“Amarillo Fly Guys, they’re having a fishing event this Saturday and they take veterans to go fishing many times during the year,” said Dubois.

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