You MADE a difference in his life! Teach a man to fish and he will have peace for the rest of his life. Thank you!!

Foster Parent, Bend, Oregon Project

Bend, Oregon Project

Lead Mentor: Allison Buntin

Co-Lead Mentor: Jenny O’Brien

Project location: Bend, OR

Year project founded: 2018

Mentors on this team: 9

Children mentored to date: 7

Children to be mentored in 2020: 9

Local foster care partners: CASA

Local companies that support this project: Fly and Field Outfitters, and Confluence Fly Shops,  Louie M & Betty M Phillips foundation

Photography: Terry Miller, Candace Bell, Allison Buntin

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It meant a lot to me that this year one of the dads of the foster children we worked with were able to spend a few weeks together and his dad said he was really happy to have a new activity for him and his son to do together. It was sweet how happy fly fishing made both of them!

Allison Buntin

Lead Mentor, Bend, Oregon Project

Project Mentors

Ryan Johnson

Ryan is an Oregon native who learned to fly fish for trout on small spring creeks in Central Oregon. He works as a project manager in the construction industry during the week and as a fly fishing and hunting guide on the weekends. He has had the opportunity to fly fish around the world but still finds himself preferring the solitude and technicality of fly fishing small water in Central Oregon. His enthusiasm for working with teens stems from years of coaching middle school basketball and football which has been incredibly fun and rewarding for him. With Ryan’s passion for the outdoors paired with his coaching experience, he is excited to be able to share all that fly fishing has to offer to Oregon’s youth while serving as a Mayfly Project Mentor.

Terry Miller

A lifelong Oregonian and fly fisher with great appreciation for the sport of fly fishing and the outdoor places where it is pursued.

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Our 2020 Impact!!

Our 2020 Impact!!

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Giving Tuesday Success, 2020!

Thank You!!! Together, WE DID IT! We hit our goal on Tuesday! For our National Project online, we raised $14,000! For our individual project fundraisers we hit over $20,000!!!! This year, many of our lead mentors, mentors, and friends, all did Facebook fundraisers to...

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