“I can’t wait to show everyone the pictures of the fish I caught!” 

TMP Mentee

The Mayfly Project

Fayetteville, Arkansas Project

Project Lead Mentor: Bradley Bridges

Co-Lead Mentor: Tyler Stephens

Project Location: Fayetteville, Arkansas

Year Project Founded: 2021

Mentors on this team: 6-10

Children mentored to date: Project kicking off 2021

Children to be mentored in 2021: 7-8

Local foster care partners: Currently searching for partners.

Local companies that support this project: C & S plumbing

Apply to mentor here: https://themayflyproject.com/mentoring/

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Fayetteville, Arkansas Project

Our goal is to share our passion for fly fishing and conservation by instilling confidence and building relationships with kids involved in our project. The scenic streams of the Ozarks are unforgettable and we feel every child deserves the opportunity to experience and appreciate the therapeutic benefits of our natural resources.

Bradley Bridges

Lead Mentor, Fayetteville, Arkansas Project

Project Mentors


Fayetteville, Arkansas

Bradley is an Arkansas native, born and raised in the Arkansas Delta. He moved to the Ozark Mountains in his teens and has called Northwest Arkansas home ever since. An avid outdoorsman and self-proclaimed river rat, he enjoys spending time on local streams floating, fishing and camping with his wife and two daughters. Bradley is very excited to share his passion for fly fishing and extremely blessed to be a part of The Mayfly Project in Northwest Arkansas.


Fayetteville, Arkansas
I grew up in Fayetteville, Ar. I spent most of my free time growing up wading every river and creek around. I moved to the Florida coast in my early 20s to chase bigger fish in hopes of guiding. It didn’t take long for the clear streams and my wife to call me back to Arkansas. I started fly fishing in 6th grade through a program in middle school. That is where I fell in love with the sport. Now I go on trips with the school to teach the new generation the passion that consumed me years ago and is still going strong. Seeing a kid net their first fish is one of the best feelings of accomplishment that I have found. I am really looking forward to this new adventure with The Mayfly Project!


Fayetteville, Arkansas

Growing up with family in Arkansas, Preston has been making fishing trips to the Spring and White River his entire life. 6 years ago he started fly fishing on those rivers and has not looked back since. Now living in Fayetteville, he can be found below the Bull Shoals or Norfork Dams almost every weekend. He is looking forward to combining his experience in child care with fly fishing in his new role as Mentor for the Fayetteville Chapter of the Mayfly Project.

News & Events

Giving Tuesday Success, 2020!

Thank You!!! Together, WE DID IT! We hit our goal on Tuesday! For our National Project online, we raised $14,000! For our individual project fundraisers we hit over $20,000!!!! This year, many of our lead mentors, mentors, and friends, all did Facebook fundraisers to...

Foster Care to Fly Fishing, with Jackie Prock

Foster Care to Fly Fishing, with Jackie Prock

“There was so much going on in my life that was out of my control, so I gravitated to the outdoors to find control. It became a place where I could go to find some peace and away from life’s confusion and uncertainties [from life in foster care],” Jackie Prock said....

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!

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