Standing in a river trying to catch an elusive trout with a handmade imitation fly that he makes himself is a special place for Jim Iannone, physically but also emotionally.
He summarizes the tranquility and accomplishment that come with fly fishing in a few words: “There’s nothing like it.”
But he also wanted to share that peace of mind with others, and a small ad he saw in the newsletter of a fishing organization he belongs to gave him an idea.
That ad promoted a fly fishing program for disabled veterans called Project Healing Waters, which was looking for people to start local chapters. Iannone had an idea where such a program could work — the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ medical center in Newington.
“I had been coming to the VA hospital myself and I could see the need,” said Iannone, who was in the Marine Corps from 1963 to 1966. “So when …