Fly fishing has always been an escape for me during any troubling or stressful times, both in my youth and as an adult. The same holds true for children in foster care–they need this time outdoors fly fishing, and someone to lead them there.


Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania Project

Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania Project

Lead Mentor: Daniel Baughman

Project location: Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania

Year project founded: 2019

Mentors on this team: Currently adding mentors to this team.

Children mentored to date: 6

Children to be mentored in 2023: 8

Local foster care partners: Currently searching for local foster care partners for 2021.

Local companies and partners that support this project: Weader Family.

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In Central PA we are blessed with an abundance of wild trout and prolific hatches. We can’t imagine a better place to introduce youth in foster care with the opportunity to learn fly fishing than the storied waters of Central PA.

Daniel Baughman

Lead Mentor, Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania Project

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Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania

Born and raised in central Pennsylvania, Dan has been fishing the Little Juniata River and surrounding wild trout waters since a very young age. As a fly fishing guide in the area for 15 years, he has introduced many to the sport of fly fishing. In 2019, Dan joined the Mckean County Mayfly Project as a mentor and is thrilled to be bringing The Mayfly project to central Pennsylvania for 2020.


Mohnton, Pennsylvania

Hi, I am Kerry Lanza. I live in southeastern Pennsylvania with my wife Barbara. Our home is about an hour drive northwest of Philadelphia in rural “Pennsylvania Dutch” country. Growing up in the country, we had plenty of opportunity to fish, for anything, and anywhere. Having found fly fishing over 30 years ago, I find it a great way to connect with the wildness of the place. Fly fishing is now my true passion. For me, teaching is my way of giving back to a sport that has given me so much. Passing the passion to another generation helps to preserve trout fisheries for future generations.


Lemont, Pennsylvania

Greg Hoover has been fly fishing and tying flies for 55 years. He is acknowledged as North America’s most knowledgeable fly fishing entomologist. Greg has conducted hundreds of seminars on the identification / imitation of trout stream insects. Greg taught the course, Freshwater Entomology in the Dept. of Entomology at Penn State. For 21 years, he was the faculty advisor to the Penn State Fly Fishing Club. For 8 years Greg taught the courses, Principles of Fly Tying and Fly Fishing for Trout, and Mastery of Fly Fishing at Penn State. He coauthored a book with Charlie Meck titled, GREAT RIVERS–GREAT HATCHES. He contributed a chapter on periodical cicadas in the book, MODERN TERRESTRIALS. Greg is a river helper for Casting for Recovery.


Tyrone, Pennsylvania

A native of central Pennsylvania, Matt grew up fishing local streams and farm ponds with his dad and cousins. At a later stage than most, Matt became fascinated with fly fishing and, soon after, fly tying and rod building. While life keeps him from visiting the stream as often as he’d like, evenings are normally spent at the tying desk, catching up on his favorite fly fishing/tying blogs, or building rods for himself or others. Having a professional career focused on education (former classroom teacher) and the protection of minors in youth programs, he is excited to bring his enthusiasm for working with youth to The Mayfly Project!


Gibsonia, Pennsylvania

Grew up bass fishing around Pittsburgh and started fly fishing a few years ago for trout, love to tie my own flies and share the sport.


Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 

As a West Virginia Native, Zack grew up hunting, hiking and camping. A proud WV Air Guard Veteran and WVU graduate. He eventually settled down in Pittsburgh where he is a small business owner. He got into fly fishing as an adult and immediately became obsessed with it. He had finally found something that could be a meaningful lifetime hobby. He loved every aspect of it, the techniques, the destinations, and even the fly tying. He looks forward to sharing his passion for fly fishing to the younger generation.

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