This was the funnest day I’ve ever had in my life!

Foster Child

Coeur d'Alene, Idaho Project

Coeur d’Alene, Idaho Project

Lead Mentors: Phil Biggerstaff

Co-Lead Mentors: Kaitlin Barnhart, Ben Baird

Project location: Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

Year project founded: 2016

Mentors on this team: 12

Children mentored to date: 40

Children to be mentored in 2020: 8-10

Local foster care partners: Children’s Village, CASA, DHS, Integrated Interventions LLC.

Local companies that support this project: North West Outfitters, North 40, Woods Meats, Kyla Kulp Photography

Currently looking for sponsors and support for 2020!

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These children need us to come along side them–to hold space for them during a difficult time in their lives. If we can get them outside with safe mentors, and teach them how to fly fish, we are giving them tools to cope and experiences that will impact them for many years to come. Every child should have a memory of a big fish they were proud to catch!

Kaitlin Barnhart

The Mayfly Project, Co-Founder, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho Project

Project Mentors

KAITLIN BARNHART, CO-FOUNDER, NATIONAL PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Athol, Idaho

Kaitlin joined the Westbrooks’ in April, 2016 and helped co-found The Mayfly Project, National Program. With over 20 years working in the mental health field with children in foster care, she understands the needs of this population, as well as the benefits of taking foster children fly fishing. Kaitlin started her fly fishing addiction right after college, working at a lodge in Bristol Bay, Alaska. Since then, she has been fly fishing every chance she gets, exploring new waters and leading as many people as she can to the sport of fly fishing. Beyond her work with TMP, Kaitlin is a mother to three wonderful children, an outdoor writer, and is known for hauling her family fishing year-around. She is thankful to live in North Idaho, surrounded by her favorite outdoor places, friends, and family.

PHIL BIGGERSTAFF, LEAD MENTOR

Sandpoint, Idaho

Phil was born and raised in Sandpoint, Idaho. He has been married for 17 years to his wife, Shawna, and they have a 17 year old son and a 7 year old daughter. Although raised in a generally non fishing family, Phil’s love of fishing started with fond memories trolling for Kokanee with his grandfather on lake Pend Orielle. Then, then once his mother’s boyfriend introduced him to his outdoorsy family, Phil learned how to hunt, hike, be a man, and most importantly, how to fish!

“I didn’t know it at the time, but a developing child, especially a teenager is dramatically shaped by their environment and those around them.  I fell in love with fishing, head over heels from the beginning. I dabbled in fly fishing but was not serious about it until about ten years ago. I want to show young people not just fishing, but living life outdoors is the most fun. Other than fishing, I enjoy woodworking, astrology, talking philosophy, taking Krav Maga classes, coaching my son’s football team and chilling with the family, ” Phil said.

Phil is currently working at Stancraft wood boats as the restoration manager, for the last 6 years. Prior to that, he was a chef for ten years. His favorite fish to target is Pike on the fly!

ERIC BARNHART

Athol, Idaho

Eric grew up in North Idaho and has been fly fishing for 8 years. He was a youth leader for many years and has always loved working with kids who need supportive mentors in their lives. When he’s not working or his wife (Kaitlin) is forcing him to go fly fishing, Eric enjoys hiking and spending quality time with his family. He’s a huge blessing to the foundation of The Mayfly Project and it wouldn’t be where it is today without his support and dedication.

DANIELLE THOLL

Sandpoint, Idaho

Danielle is from Michigan and has lived in North Idaho for 4 years. She is an optometrist by trade and when she is not at work she is found hiking all through the Pacific North West, skiing all winter, and fly fishing with her pup, Alma, every chance she can get. Danielle has been a mentor since 2016 and enjoys encouraging others to get outdoors.

MATHEW LAWRENCE

Sandpoint, Idaho

I love anything that is active and outdoors but fishing has always held my heart the most. Coming from an underprivileged home, fishing became my escape at a young age and has continued to fuel an unexplainable passion. Helping kids in need is also something I hold dear to my heart as I know without the help of my community around me I would not be the person I am today. I hope to be able to give as many kids as possible an escape in the way of fishing and show them they don’t have to have the same hobbies and follow the path of those around them.

KYLA KULP

Sandpoint, Idaho

Kyla is a huge asset for North Idaho TMP–she is an amazing photographer and always shows up to help us with last minute details and capture some special moments. We print most of the pictures she takes and gift them to the children we work with so they can remember their favorite day fishing and brag about the fish they catch. When Kyla is not taking pictures she is hiking with her little family, spending time outdoors, or doing art. 

TAG JACKLIN

Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho

Tag grew up in Post Falls, Idaho and has been an avid fly fisherman his whole life thanks to his parents’ passion for fishing. After spending nine years in the Seattle, Tag and his wife Tiffany moved back to Idaho in 2016. They have a one-year old son who Tag can’t wait to introduce to fishing. When not on the water, Tag enjoys skiing, hiking and bird hunting. 

JESS LINDGREN

Sandpoint, Idaho

Jess grew up in Sandpoint, Idaho, and spent her childhood summers in Iliamna, Alaska at her family’s sport fishing lodge, Bristol Bay Sport Fishing. Jess has been fly fishing for over 25 years, was a guide in Alaska, and now enjoys spending time on home waters in North Idaho with her family and friends. Jess has a degree in communications and assists the National TMP Program, processing applications, and is thankful to be a part of the TMP Fly Fishing Family!

TAMI DANIELS

Spirit Lake, Idaho

Hello! My name is Tami Daniels. I have grown up fishing but with bait
and lures. I am fairly new to fly fishing and I am learning all of the
time and enjoy sharing this fun hobby and teaching beginners because it
is still so fresh for me. It keeps me on my toes. I enjoy spending my
time outside. If I am not fishing, I am riding my horse or gardening.

News & Events

2019 TMP Impact Results!

2019 TMP Impact Results!

  2019 was an extraordinary year for The Mayfly Project! With the help of all of our lead mentors, mentors, partners, sponsors, and donors, we have impacted the lives of over 250 children in foster care this year! Beyond the list of statistics below, we wish you...

TMP Mentee Curriculum

TMP Mentee Curriculum

We are very excited to unveil yet another new program for our kids, the TMP Mentee Curriculum.  This curriculum details all parts of our program, teaches our mentees all about fly fishing and conservation. It has a unique section that directs the children in our...

TMP Activity Reward Buttons

TMP Activity Reward Buttons

The Mayfly Project has developed a reward system where our kids can earn buttons by completing tasks throughout the project.  Kids can also proudly display these buttons on their drawstring backpacks to show their achievements and progression through the project....

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