Having clear and concise standards of operation is paramount to achieving the goals and fulfilling the mission of Platte Rivers Veterans Fly Fishing. Below are the Standard of Operations relevant to the organization.
Section 1. Participation on any and all PRVFF trips will be based on the fact the applicant is a qualified veteran according to their military service and is an active, registered participant of the PRVFF organization. The Program Lead or appropriate Trip Coordinator will coordinate the selection process with the Trip Leader, ensuring all applicants have equal opportunity to go on trips that they qualify for and so choose.
Section 2. Veterans must be active, reserve or retired military. U.S. Army, Air Force, Marines, Navy, National Guard, Reserve and Coast Guard are all eligible to participate in the PRVFF trips.
Section 3. There are no minimum requirements for Disabled Veterans to participate. If a disability does exist, PRVFF reserves the right as to the detail and extent of disability in order to accommodate each participant’s needs due to levels of difficulty PRVFF trips may offer.
Section 4. Both Female and Male Veterans may participate on any trip. Accommodations for separate gender quarters will be taken under consideration for any and all participants.
Section 5. Participation on any one trip will be limited to two (2) consecutive years unless there are unfilled slots available for the selected trip.
Section 6. Non-Veteran friends and/or relatives are not allowed to participate in a PRVFF trip unless that individual is the official authorized care-giver or medical aid of the participating Veteran.
Section 7. Service dogs are allowed on PRVFF trips if the credentials of the service dog are provided at time of trip registration and if the trip host is in agreement that such animals are allowed on the property. PRVFF reserves the right to evaluate each applicant’s registration of said animal in order to provide a safe environment for the participant, the service dog, and the other participant themselves.
Section 8. Volunteers will have trip slots reserved to ensure there is adequate supervision and mentorship available to create a successful trip experience. All volunteers must be registered with the PRVFF organization and participate in all required training offered by PRVFF.
Section 9. Any person or persons who wish to sponsor or fund a fishing trip only if they are permitted to participate, must be reviewed on a case by case basis by the PRVFF BOD.
Trip Participation **ALASKA TRIP**
Section 1. Selection for the Alaska trip will be restricted to no more than two (2) times within a five (5) year period as long as the PRVFF organization is underwriting any portion of the trip.
Section 2. Should the Alaska trip become underwritten or donated in any form that exceeds 75% of the total trip cost, selection of PRVFF participants will be limited to veterans and volunteers who have demonstrated their commitment to the PRVFF organization and be an active participant for a minimum of (1) calendar year. Selected Participants will be limited to (1) trip with the exception of those who volunteer to be a Trip Lead for subsequent trips.
Fly Tying Program
Section 1. This educational classroom program is available to active, reserve or retired military. U.S. Army, Air Force, Marines, National Guard, and Coast Guard, their minor children, grandchildren, relatives and guests. There is no cost attached to this program and PRVFF encourages all Veteran participants to register with organization after their second class of attendance.
Section 2. Materials needed to tie flies will be available on a limited basis for use at home at the discretions of the Instructor and with PRVFF program approval. Fly Tying vises and tools may be checked out only by a Veteran or volunteer from the Quartermaster. All items must be returned at the conclusion of the winter course. Participants and volunteers may be charged for the replacement cost of any damaged or non-returned items to the Quartermaster, is not returned within the designated timeframe. Failure to do so may result in a non-eligibility status for all PRVFF programs until the items are paid for, replaced or returned.
Rod Building Program
Section 1. It is the policy of the PRVFF rod building program that the first fly rod building kit will be provided to Veterans and volunteers at no cost. All subsequent rod building kits must be purchased at PRVFF program cost.
Section 2. A Veteran’s family member (children, grandchildren or spouse) at least sixteen (16) years of age or older will be allowed to participate in the rod building class. For these participants, rod building kits are to be purchased and can be done so through PRVFF at organization’s pricing.
Section 3. Materials needed to build rods will be available on a limited basis for use at home at the discretion of the Instructor and PRVFF approval. Rod building cradles and tools may be checked out to a Veteran or volunteer only, from the Quartermaster. All Items must be returned at the conclusion of the winter course. Participants and volunteers may be charged for the replacement cost of any damaged on non-returned items to the Quartermaster if not returned within the designated time frame. Failure to do so may result in a non-eligibility status for all PRVFF programs until the items are returned or replaced.
Rod Building and Fly Tying Contest
Section 1. During the second week of April of each year, PRVFF holds its annual Fly Rod building and Fly Tying contest to the Veterans that participated in classes throughout the scheduled months. This is open to all Veterans that are registered with the PRVFF program, participated in at least one full season of class and meets the minimum requirements for his or her class desired to enter. Participants entries must be completed within the last year of the previous competition and entries must be received one (1) week prior to the published contest date.
Section 2. Judges are selected from the community