This was the best experience of my life!

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Jackson, Tennessee Project

Jackson, Tennessee Project

Lead Mentor: Nathan O’Bryant

Project location: Jackson, Tennessee

Year project founded: 2019, by Dave Clouse

Mentors on this team: 7

Children mentored to date: 7

Children to be mentored in 2020: 7

Local foster care partners: West TN Children’s Home

Local companies that support this project: Currently searching for local support.

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Seeing the transition that the kids have from the first meeting to the final trip is worth it all. They come in reserved and shy, not knowing what to expect. By the end they are having the time of their lives, enjoying God’s creation and  bragging about the largest trout they caught!

Nathan O'Bryant

Lead Mentor, Jackson, Tennessee Project

Project Mentors

NATHAN OBRYANT, LEAD MENTOR

Jackson, Tennessee

I’m a husband and father, investment advisor, and recently became the lead mentor for this Jackson, Tennessee Project. I love fly fishing and fly tying. My favorite place to fish is Rock Creek in Montana, but I love fishing any river/stream that I get a chance to. 

JOE ASKEW

Jackson, Tennessee

I’m a husband to Dr. Rachel Askew, 15 yr Higher Ed Administrator Lifetime lover of fishing. I have fished in Tennessee, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi, Colorado, Nevada, California, and Alaska, but I enjoy fishing anywhere fish can be caught. If anyone is out there looking to sponsor a trip, Patagonia, New Zealand, or Argentina are on the bucket list.

DAVE CLOUSE

Jackson, Tennessee

Faith, Family, FHU, and Fly Fishing describes Dave’s priorities. He’s active in his church, enjoys being with family, and fly fishing whenever there’s an opportunity. Dave has served Freed-Hardeman University since 1996 and is currently VP for Community Engagement leading all fundraising, marketing, alumni, and enrollment management efforts. Dave and Eve live in Jackson, TN and have three children. 

 

JOHNNY EDWARDS

Jackson, Tennessee

Johnny is a Retired Sales & Mgmt , Married 46 years, first fly rod at age 12 fishing for bream in Mississippi. Favorite destination is Gaston’s in North Central Arkansas on the WhiteFaith. 

 

DAVID BAKER

Jackson, Tennessee
I am 67 years old and about to be retired. Worked in transportation management most of my working career. Member of Campbell Street Church of Christ. Am an avid outdoors person.  Have been hunting and fishing most of my life.

MATTHIEU DOURNAUX

Jackson, Tennessee

My name is Matthieu Dournaux. I grew up in Orlando, FL and moved to Tennessee after college. I reside in Jackson, TN with my wife Erin. I am a Christian and work as a Customer Service Manager for a coating factory in town. I enjoy fishing very much; from the saltwater fishing I did growing up in Florida to the fly fishing I learned from my father-in-law. I really appreciate The Mayfly Project and the opportunities it has opened up for the children and for myself as a mentor. Getting to know each of them is impactful and rewarding. Looking forward to another great year!

RACHEL ASKEW

Jackson, Tennessee

I am married to the man who introduced me to fly fishing, Mr. Joe Askew. I’ve fished in Tennessee, Arkansas, and Colorado. Although I often catch more branches than fish, I enjoy the peaceful time on the water and the excitement of hooking a fish. I’m a former middle school science teacher and love exploring the world and how it works. Currently, I work at Vanderbilt University as a postdoctoral researcher where I study elementary science education and support science teachers. 

News & Events

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!

TMP’s COVID-19 Response and Fundraiser

The COVID-19 pandemic is creating unprecedented challenges globally, for our country and for our TMP and foster care communities. We are a nonprofit that values action, and we have been passionately working non-stop to continue to support the most vulnerable in our...

The Mayfly Project Mentee Curriculum Development

The Mayfly Project Mentee Curriculum Development

Last year we rolled out our new curriculum with the help of our fly fishing family and TMP partners! The impact of this curriculum has surpassed our expectations--the foster children we work with are able to use the curriculum with their mentors and then keep it to...

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