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Idaho Falls, Idaho Project

Project Lead Mentor: Celeste Cusack

Project location: Idaho Falls, Idaho

Year project founded: 2017, by Cody Nolan

Mentors on this team: 10 (currently adding mentors)

Children mentored to date: 14 children

Children to be mentored in 2022: 8-10

Local foster care partners: Gustafson House

Local companies that support this project:  Currently searching for community partners for 2022!

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Every child tied their own wooly bugger and then went and caught fish on the fly they tied! They all had a blast and it was a day to remember, for sure. The smile on a kids face at the end of a project makes it all worth it!

Cody Nolan

Previous Lead Mentor, Idaho Falls, Idaho Project

Project Mentors


Idaho Falls, Idaho

Celeste grew up in Montana but has established her home in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Celeste enjoys being involved in the community and is a volunteer EMT for Bonneville County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue. Celeste loves spending time with her son and teaching him the ends and outs of nature. Though she is fairly new to fly fishing, Celeste believes the mission of The Mayfly Project. What a joy it is to her to teach and help others, especially when it involves fishing. Her dream is to catch a giant brown trout but sardines are great too.


Idaho Falls, Idaho

A longtime resident of Idaho Falls, Idaho, Leslie has been fishing most of her life. She vividly remembers catching her first trout on a fly rod on a western Wyoming creek with her grandfather. Now retired, Leslie has more time to volunteer on conservation related projects as an Idaho Master Naturalist and with the South Fork Initiative. She loves to help others learn to fly fish and provides instruction for Casting for Recovery participants. Leslie is looking forward to helping youngsters learn to fly fish with The Mayfly Project. Her favorite fishing adventures are those found in the backcountry of Idaho and Wyoming.


Shelley, Idaho

An Idaho Native, Cody grew up fishing Eastern Idaho rivers and lakes with his grandpa. His passion for fishing and the outdoors began when he was 3 years old, went on a fishing trip with his family and pulled a brown out of the stream with his hands. After that he was hooked. He made the transition to fly fishing after moving back to Idaho from Florida and settling down in Shelley, ID. He has been fly fishing for 8 years now, and has always wanted to teach kids about fishing and conservation. He is looking forward to starting his journey as the lead mentor for Southern Idaho!


Idaho Falls, Idaho

I have been fishing all my life. My earliest memories fishing are with my grandmother on a small pond from a boat for blue-gills and with the old man across the street who taught me how to catch bass and catfish. I would get up in the morning and wait out in front of his house for him to say whether we were going or not. It wasn’t just the fishing but the time he and his wife shared with me. My life has been blessed with mentors who helped me become the person I am now, and I strive to project that same positive influence for others. For the last 20 years, I have been a high school science educator, focused on getting kids to feel confident and excited about science. Now I can share my passion for fishing with kids via the Mayfly Project. Life is good.


Idaho Falls, Idaho

Originally from Maine, Jaime started bass fishing with her step-father from an early age. After relocating to Idaho nearly a decade ago she has continued her passion for fishing, now as an avid fly fisherman and trout angler. As an Anthropologist her professional research focuses on subsistence use of salmon in the Alaska Peninsula; more specifically the integration of traditional indigenous knowledge and resource use in recreational fisheries management. Now, following the recent completion of her Master’s degree Jaime is looking for new ways to inspire others to get excited about fishing, the environment, and conservation. The Mayfly project presented itself as a fantastic opportunity to continue working with people and their interactions with fish in a setting that has potential to have a positive influence on kids – our next generation of fisheries stewards.


Rigby, Idaho

An Idaho native, Graham grew up fly fishing the South Fork and Henry’s Fork of the Snake River. Graham attended the University of Idaho where he received a B.S. in Animal Sciences. He then attended Washington State University where he obtained his veterinary degree. He moved to Montana for 3 years after vet school, then back to Southeast Idaho.
In his free time, Graham enjoys fly fishing, horseback riding, hiking with his dog Maggie, and hunting. He looks forward to helping with The Mayfly Project in any way he can.

News & Events

2019 TMP Impact Results!

2019 TMP Impact Results!

  2019 was an extraordinary year for The Mayfly Project! With the help of all of our lead mentors, mentors, partners, sponsors, and donors, we have impacted the lives of over 250 children in foster care this year! Beyond the list of statistics below, we wish you...

TMP Mentee Curriculum

TMP Mentee Curriculum

We are very excited to unveil yet another new program for our kids, the TMP Mentee Curriculum.  This curriculum details all parts of our program, teaches our mentees all about fly fishing and conservation. It has a unique section that directs the children in our...

TMP Activity Reward Buttons

TMP Activity Reward Buttons

The Mayfly Project has developed a reward system where our kids can earn buttons by completing tasks throughout the project.  Kids can also proudly display these buttons on their drawstring backpacks to show their achievements and progression through the project....

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