“Our kids were always asking ‘When is the next outing?’” 

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Austin, Texas Project

Austin, Texas Project

Project Lead Mentor: Tom Hunt

Project location: Austin, Texas

Year project founded: 2019

Mentors on this team: 13

Children mentored to date: 7 full project mentees, introduced fly fishing to 23 children in foster care at a one day event.

Children to be mentored in 2022: 8

Local foster care partners: We work with the Texas Baptist Children’s Home for our annual project and Foster Village to host a one day outing each spring for foster families.

Local companies that support this project: Thanks to Living Waters Fly Shop and San Gabriel Fly Fishers for their support.


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The Mayfly Project is important because it helps children engage with nature in their area and gain confidence through positive mentor relationships!

Tom Hunt

Lead Mentor, Austin, Texas Project

Project Mentors


Driftwood, Texas

Vincent was born in the Bronx, NY, I traveled to Texas in 1979, attending AHS High-school, completing College at University of Texas at Arlington in 1991.

Vincent is a Volunteer for Texas Parks & Wildlife (Area Chief), Angler Education Instructor Program for Kids of all ages, and disabilities for past 9 years. Vincent also volunteers his time with, Austin Angles Foster Home as a Fishing instructor, and Buda Tx YMCA Youth Outreach Programs with Fishing Education in mind. Vincent has also been a fly fishing guide and educational instructor for past three years with the Trout Unlimited Annual Youth Camp on the Guadalupe River.

Vincent has been fly fishing for past 10 years and is excited to pass on his passion of fly fishing with Mayfly Project in the Austin, Tx. area.


Georgetown, Texas

Britt Donaldson grew up in New Mexico and started fly fishing around 1980. Most of Britt’s fly fishing experiences have taken place on the San Juan river in northern New Mexico. Britt worked with Big Brothers/Big Sisters in New Mexico while he was employed in the banking industry. Through that experience, he developed a desire to work with disadvantaged children. Britt looks forward to sharing his fly fishing skills with young people participating in the Mayfly Project.


Austin, Texas

Born and raised in the Adirondack Mountains, Jud tied his first buck tail fly at the age of seven, and grew up fishing the remote trout streams and lakes every year as soon as the ice broke. After attending college in upstate New York and the university of West Florida, Jud relocated to Austin, Texas where his focus switched from cold water to warm water fishing, and passed his love of fly fishing on to his daughter.
Jud joined the Mayfly Project in 2019 and is eager to share his love of fly fishing with the young future of this sport.


Kingsland, Texas

A Texas native, Jeff started fly fishing over 25 years ago after buying his first fly rod at a flea market. Jeff, his wife Karen and their 3 sons have lived all over the US. Jeff is a Chemical Engineer by training and spent the first 11 years of his professional career on active duty in the US Navy in the submarine force and another 12 years in the naval reserve retiring as a US Navy Captain. He and his wife were foster parents in Tennessee and Ohio and Karen was director of a foster care program in Pennsylvania. After retiring in 2017, Jeff consulted for two years and began volunteering. He is a volunteer for Reel Recovery that offers fly fishing retreats to men with cancer. He is excited to be involved with Mayfly Project in Austin, TX.


Arlington, Texas

I grew up in Northern California where I had the amazing experience of hiking and camping throughout the Sierra Nevada mountains with my family. I had the privilege of serving in the military. When I finished serving, I went back to college and got a BS in psychology. I’ve always enjoyed helping others more than myself; it is what I’m most passionate about. I have a niece and a nephew I get to spoil, as well as three mastiffs I recused and rehabbed into socially healthy pups. I feel so lucky with my childhood and want to help these kids have a better one.


Austin, Texas

Originally from Spokane, WA and born into a long line of fishermen, Brian had a rod in his hand as soon as he could walk. It wasn’t until college though that he discovered fly fishing after a trip to Wyoming to visit a friend. After a day of catching dozens of eager brookies in the Bighorn Mountains, he was hooked for life. Relocating to Austin to be closer to his wife’s family, Brian has enjoyed the new challenge of catching bass on the fly. His love of fly fishing has instilled an equally fervent passion to protect these beautiful fish and to educate the rising generation in ways they can contribute to conservation.


Wimberley, Texas

A Texas native, Melissa grew up living between Austin and the Gulf Coast. She also lived in Oklahoma and northern Arizona before making her way back home. Melissa became a mother through adoption and now has 2 wonderful children. She works as an educator, a biologist, and a researcher specializing in inland fishes and mussels of Texas. She began fly fishing in 2019 and considers herself a lifelong learner. Melissa is looking forward to mentoring with the Austin Mayfly project and making a positive impact on the lives of people who’ve grown up with similar experiences as she has. She values the positive influence of the outdoors, especially within aquatic ecosystems, and can’t wait to share with others how special Central Texas is.

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