“Thank you for taking me fishing. I really love to go whenever I can.”

Foster Child

Iowa Project

Driftless Region, Iowa Project

Lead Mentors: Holden Asmus

Project location: Northeast Iowa/Driftless Region

Year project founded: 2019

Mentors on this team: 3–Currently open for more mentors to apply.

Children mentored to date: 1

Children to be mentored in 2021: 3-8

Local foster care partners: Four Oaks, and searching for further local connections.

Local companies that support this project: Driftless Flyathlon for their support and allowing us to talk to their participants about TMP in Iowa!

Currently looking for sponsors and support for 2020!

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Project Mentors

HOLDEN ASMUS

Hampton, Iowa

Holden grew up in a small agricultural town in North Central Iowa. He has followed his career in Agriculture, and still lives in his home state. His love for fly fishing grew with trips to Montana with his father and grandfather. Now, he fly fishes all over the Midwest for anything from trout to muskies. He is very excited to spread the joy of fly fishing as the Lead Mentor for the Iowa Mayfly Project!

CHRISTIAN MIRANDA, MENTOR

Chicago, Illinois

Growing up in Connecticut, Christian didn’t start fishing until high school, but he caught the bug. Only 13 minutes from great fishing on the Farmington River, he went any time he could. After graduating college in Ohio, he returned to Connecticut to teach at a private boarding middle school. Luckily, it was on 148 acres with plenty of streams to fish. Now, living in Chicago and teaching high school English near the West Side, Christian loves finding fishing spots all over Illinois and Wisconsin. With his years of teaching experience and passion for fly fishing, he is ready to jump into the role of mentor for the Driftless Region Mayfly Project!

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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