Children in Foster care seem to have few positive influences in their lives and need an constructive outlet. Fly fishing has always been that outlet for me and I’d like the opportunity to share it with those who need it most.

Brody Green

Mentor, Boone, North Carolina Project

Boone, North Carolina Project

Project Lead Mentor: Nils Peterson

Project location: High Country of North Carolina (Avery and Watauga counties)

Year project founded: 2018

Mentors on this team: 20

Children mentored to date: 11

Children to be mentored in 2022: 4-6

Local foster care partners: Crossnore School Incorporated

Local companies that support this project: High Country TU, Mountain Bound Fly Guides, Due South Outfitters, West Fork Anglers, GAP (Giving At Potlucks). Looking for further support for our 2022 project.

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Teaching kids fly-fishing provides a set of life long skills and a passion for the outdoors that helps foster kids cope with life. It provides a forum for healing deep emotional wounds and provides our kids with a new starting point or a new lens to look at the world through.

Nils Peterson

Lead Mentor, Boone, North Carolina Project

Project Mentors


Linville, North Carolina

The adventure began thirty or so years ago for Nils when his family moved from Western Kentucky to Western North Carolina. This move opened up the world of small stream fishing in the Southern Appalachians and a world of other fishy places like Montana and Idaho. In 1996 Nils Moved to Boone North Carolina to work for the North Carolina Wildlife Resource’s Commission on a short term research project. When the project was over, Nils began his career in Guiding at Foscoe Fishing Company. Through guiding he met his wife and they decided to settle down nearby in Linville North Carolina. In 2001 He began to pursue other interests in the home building industry as a master craftsman. In 2012, through some twists and turns, Nils relaunched his guiding career by opening his own guide service West Fork Anglers. He guides on local small streams and in East Tennessee on the Watauga and South Holston rivers.


Winston Salem, North Carolina

Growing up in Texas, Jeff learned to fly fish in ponds and lakes. In 2010, Jeff moved with his wife to the mountains of North Carolina and started learning all about trout and fly-fishing rivers and streams. After working as a firefighter and paramedic for 15 years, Jeff transitioned from a full-time firefighter and part-time fly fishing guide, to guiding full time. He enjoys spending his days on the water, teaching others all about the great sport of fly fishing. He is a mentor with the Mayfly Project in Boone, NC.


Spruce Pine, North Carolina

I have lived and fished in many areas of NC from Little Switzerland to Fayetteville then New Bern then back to Spruce Pine. In the last 20 years I have fished for trout in several local streams and floated the Toe River for smallmouth. I am a high school math teacher and real estate agent. I have shared my passion for fishing with many students and my two daughters. In fact, my daughter, Lyndsay, introduced me to the Mayfly Project. I look forward to introducing more kids to fishing through this mentoring opportunity.


Spruce Pine, North Carolina

I was born and raised in mountains of Western North Carolina. My family was always in the outdoors – hiking, fishing, camping. My dad loved fishing – he was always taking my older sister an I – mostly fishing for small mouth and native trout. I began to really get interested in fly fishing in college and have been trying to perfect the craft ever since. Through college, Physician Assistant school and now a career, it is often difficult to find time to do the things that bring you peace and joy. Fishing is that for me. Especially fishing with my dad. When we stumbled across The Mayfly Project, we both had an instant drawing to serve and bring this peace and joy we have found through fishing to others!


Concord, North Carolina

My name is Matthew Murphy and I am so excited to be a mentor at TMP! I started fly fishing about 5 years ago and it has become a great passion of mine.
Originally from Michigan, I started fly fishing for Northern Pike, Bass and Steelhead/Trout. Today, now living in North Carolina, it’s hard for my wife to get me away from the mountains going after stockers and wild trout.

As a believer the Lord calls his children to care for the fatherless, and I am so excited to have the opportunity to do so with TMP. Isaiah 1:17 “Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow”. To teach is one of my greatest joys, and I can’t wait to do so in this capacity; with a rod in hand.


Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Born and bred in North Carolina, Adam is no stranger to the pure joy that results from standing in a cold mountain stream. His passion for fly fishing comes from a place of seeing first hand the positive effects it can have on a person’s life. He has experience working with the YMCA’s after school care program and has also lead high school boy’s youth groups within his local church. Seeing that young people have the emotional support needed to grow and thrive in life is something he cares deeply about. Adam is excited to have the opportunity to serve as a mentor for the Boone Mayfly Project.


Saluda, North Carolina

As a native North Carolinian, and on/off again resident of Asheville, Zack Davis felt it was natural to start fly fishing and exploring the rivers winding through the Blue Ridge Mountains of the Appalachians. Although Zack feels most at home on the Davidson River, or any other rivers flowing through the wilderness of Western NC, he spent time honing his skills on rivers out West, such as the Rogue and Applegate in Oregon. He now works as a full-time guide in Western NC, loves working with kids from his time as a camp counselor and wilderness therapy guide and has decided to share his passion for fly fishing and the outdoors by becoming a mentor for the Mayfly Project.


Waynesville, North Carolina

I grew up on the other side of the Smokies in Knoxville, TN. I have always been a fan of the mountains, but it wasn’t until I moved to Jackson, WY that I fell in love with fly fishing. I guided for nearly 9 years, three of which were spent with Lillard Fly Fishing working with teenagers in the backcountry of Yellowstone. When I wasn’t rowing a drift boat, I was heading to the Winds in search of golden trout. Fly fishing’s impact on my life cannot be summarized in a paragraph. Friends, experiences, travels, etc. Now that I am in WNC selling rural real estate, I have been missing something. After hearing of the Mayfly Project, I quickly realized it was the perfect outlet to share my love of fly fishing and the opportunities it can bring.

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