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: Terry Miller

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 2021: 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

Former Lead Mentor, Bend, Oregon Project

Project Mentors

TERRY MILLER, LEAD MENTOR

Bend, Oregon

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

RYAN JOHNSON, MENTOR

Redmond, Oregon

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.

News & Events

Podcast with April Vokey, Anchored Outdoors

Podcast with April Vokey, Anchored Outdoors

We were thrilled to be on Anchored Outdoors Podcast, with the talented, April Vokey! Please check this podcast out and find out more about the founders, their vision, and how TMP is supporting foster children across the country here: Anchored Podcast Ep. 177: Jess...

The Gift of Fly Fishing, Fort Collins, CO

"Hello Bryan and Chelsea, I just wanted to share this great picture of Alicia catching a beautiful rainbow trout (I think) while we camped along the North Fork of the Gunnison River in Paonia. She really enjoyed fly fishing while out there and you can tell by the look...

Wet Fly Swing Podcast

Wet Fly Swing Podcast

TMP Founder, Jess Westbrook, is honored to speak with Dave Steward of Wet Fly Swing Podcast recently! Jess Westbrook shares the amazing stories behind the Mayfly Project that he created to help foster kids change their lives with fly fishing. Today, we find out what...

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