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: 5

Children mentored to date: 7 

Children to be mentored in 2020: 7-8

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 2020 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

NILS PETERSON, LEAD MENTOR

Boone, 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 Resoruces 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.

WYNN PARISH, MENTOR

Boone, North Carolina

I was born in Canada and have been fishing as long as I can remember, but I didn’t pick up a fly rod until 25+ years ago while living in Colorado when I caught the fly fishing bug (pun intended).  Fly fishing is in my blood.  It calls to me.  It brings me solace, joy, challenge, and balance to my life. 

I now live in North Carolina and regularly fishing the rivers and streams in Western NC and East Tennessee.  Married with three grown children, I am at the point in life where I wish to give back.  The Mayfly Project is the perfect confluence of that desire and my love of fly fishing.

News & Events

From Foster Care to Fly Fishing, Meet Mentor, Breezy Johnston

From Foster Care to Fly Fishing, Meet Mentor, Breezy Johnston

Breezy Johnston, mentor for Pikes Peak, CO project, talks about life in foster care and how fly fishing has become her home-base. We are thrilled to have Breezy joining our team and are so thankful for her willingness to share. We are inspired by folks who have been through the trenches and have found their niche in the world!

TMP’s COVID-19 Response and Fundraiser

The COVID-19 pandemic is creating unprecedented challenges globally, for our country and for our TMP and foster care communities. We are a nonprofit that values action, and we have been passionately working non-stop to continue to support the most vulnerable in our...

The Mayfly Project Mentee Curriculum Development

The Mayfly Project Mentee Curriculum Development

Last year we rolled out our new curriculum with the help of our fly fishing family and TMP partners! The impact of this curriculum has surpassed our expectations--the foster children we work with are able to use the curriculum with their mentors and then keep it to...

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