I think the healing powers of fly fishing and the one-on-one attention from a mentor will build self-confidence and be fun for the kids. 

Mentor

Detroit, Michigan Project

Detroit, Michigan Project

Lead Mentor: Tyler Keeton

Project location: Detroit, Michigan

Year project founded: 2022

Mentors on this team: Currently adding mentors to our team! 

Children mentored to date: 0

Children to be mentored in 2023: 6

Local foster care partners: Currently searching for partners. 

Local companies that support this project: Currently seeking support from local companies.

Contact Our Lead Mentor: keetontyler@gmail.com

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Detroit, Michigan Project

Fly fishing can be cathartic for the soul. Detroit is a wonderful landscape and needs much more love than it gets. I couldn’t be more ecstatic to bring this kind of opportunity to such an incredible and culturally rich city to some wonderfully deserving people.”

Tyler Keeton

Mentor, Detroit, Michigan Project

Project Mentors

TYLER KEETON, LEAD MENTOR

Saint Clair Shores, Michigan

A military brat who’s lived across the eastern US, Tyler has lived in Michigan and the Detroit area for the last 17 years. Tyler grew up fishing in the south with conventional gear and then on his way to become an Eagle Scout, discovered fly fishing at a summer camp in Michigan when he was 16 years old. He has been a member of Trout Unlimited for about six years and a board member for about two years, working as the co-chair for the education committee; working on bringing fly fishing to the youth of Detroit and surrounding areas. Tyler is excited to continue sharing his love of fly fishing with even more groups and work as the lead mentor for the Detroit Mayfly Project! 

KEN KOSTER, MENTOR

Clinton Township, Michigan

I retired from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources in 2011 with 34 years of service, 7 as a Park Ranger and 27 as a Fisheries Technician. Both kept me frequently outdoors which I enjoyed. I started fly fishing for panfish in Forest Preserve lakes in the Chicago area as a young teenager, moving to Michigan after a few years and found trout fishing to be addictive, though I fish for many species using any kind of gear. I have enjoyed helping youngsters get involved in fishing through my Trout Unlimited chapter and with events my wife’s Kiwanis sponsors.

ANDY POKORSKI, MENTOR

Chesterfield, Michigan

Andy has lived many places being an Army kid but now proudly calls Michigan home. Michigan is lucky to have many opportunities for anglers and Andy does his best to take advantage targeting everything from trout, bass, walleye, musky, and pike. He is passionate about sharing his knowledge and experience fly fishing with others since he struggled getting started. He is an active and proud member of Clinton Valley Trout Unlimited and has helped put on a youth fly fishing school in Detroit through the chapter. He also serves as a co-director of the Michigan Trout Unlimited Youth Camp and is looking forward to helping with The Mayfly Project in Detroit.

COOPER STINSON, MENTOR

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Originally from the foothills of the Appalachians, Cooper grew up fishing for trout in Georgia and Western North Carolina where he frequented the Nantahala, Tuckaseegee and Chattahoochee rivers. Although it was difficult to leave the mountains, he was offered a scholarship to Duke University and played baseball there until June 2022. Now, Cooper is pursuing a career in medicine at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. As an Eagle Scout and as a caretaker for his older brother with Down Syndrome, Cooper developed a passion for service to others which he hopes to combine with his passion for fly fishing as a mentor for the Detroit Michigan Project!

RICH SIYUFY, MENTOR

Lathrup Village, Michigan

Hailing originally from Pennsylvania, Rich didn’t start fly fishing until he was 35. His buddy Duke brought him to Spring Creek in State College PA, and that was all it took to get Rich hooked on trout. 22 years later and now in Michigan, Rich is taking advantage of one of the best fisheries in the world: chinook, coho and steelhead are plentiful, and a huge challenge. Rich’s background in Training and Development, coupled with his passion for helping people, makes a perfect fit the Mayflower project.

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