“My mentee kept saying fishing with us was the most fun they ever had!” 

TMP Mentor

Hartford, Connecticut Project

Project Lead Mentor: Cy Coons

Project location: Hartford, Connecticut 

Year project founded: 2019

Mentors on this team: 6

Children to be mentored in 2021: 6-7

Local foster care partners: We are currently partnering with local foster care agencies.

Local companies that support this project: We are currently searching for local support.

Contact Lead Mentor: cycoons@gmail.com

 

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Hartford, Connecticut Project

We can’t wait to get local children in foster care out enjoying the river and connecting with nature!

Cy Coons

Lead Mentor, Hartford, Connecticut Project

Project Mentors

RORY LISEFSKI, MENTOR

Newburgh, New York

I’ve been fishing for over 6 years and it has been a pure passion for me. Being on the water is where I find my piece of mind!

RYAN PIKE, MENTOR

Canterbury, Connecticut

I grew up in Massachusetts where my grandfather taught me how to fly fish at 8 years of age. Been fly fishing ever since. I was in the military for 8 years where I deployed twice to the Middle East. These deployments put an emphasis on just how important fly fishing was in my life. So, I went to guide school in Montana and brought that back to Connecticut where I live now. Fly fishing has provided me with not only a healing element in my life but also a passion for conservation for our fisheries and the outdoors in general. I am excited to join The Mayfly Project and share such an amazing sport and provide children with a therapeutic adventure.

DOUG MARR, MENTOR

Millbrook, New York

A latecomer to fly fishing, Doug’s children, gave him his first fly rod as a Father’s Day gift in 2014, and the obsession began! The years prior were consumed by family activities, as well as coaching kids in hockey and lacrosse. As the kids got older, Doug continued his love of learning and sharing by teaching his kids to fly fish. The obsession led him to the Western Rivers Guide School to learn more about guiding and how to operate his drift boat safely. Doug looks forward to sharing what he has learned as a Mentor with The Mayfly Project and learning from the kids and other mentors. Doug owns a plumbing business and currently lives in Millbrook with his wife and children.

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