“I just caught so many fish, it was ridiculous!” 

Mentee

Little Rock, Arkansas Methodist Children’s Home Project

Little Rock, Arkansas Methodist Children’s Home Project

Project Lead Mentor: Nick Grisham

Project location: Little Rock, Arkansas

Year project founded: 2019

Mentors on this team: 15

Children mentored to date: 21 

Children to be mentored in 2020: 15-25

Local foster care partners: Methodist Children’s Home

Local companies that support this project: Riggs CAT, Riggs Outdoors, BR McGinty, Nativ, and River Valley Horticulture.

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Little Rock, Arkansas Methodist Children’s Home Project

The Mayfly Project does so much more for the kids than teach them about fly fishing, conservation and the outdoors. TMP connects with the youth of our area in a caring, meaningful way to show each and every kid that they are loved. Our mentors are well equipped to teach each kid the fundamentals of fly fishing while enjoying all aspects of the outdoors. I’ve seen that the program helps the mentees use fly fishing and the outdoors as a way to relax, get their mind off of daily struggles and even gain self-confidence.

Nick Grisham

Lead Mentor, Little Rock, Arkansas Methodist Children’s Home Project

Project Mentors

NICK GRISHAM, LEAD MENTOR

Little Rock, Arkansas

Nick was born and raised in the state of Arkansas and has always loved being outdoors, however, has only been fly fishing since 2014. Even in that short time, Nick has gained a passion for fly fishing and the river. Being able to use that passion of fly fishing and helping others is what gravitated him towards The Mayfly Project. In his spare time, Nick enjoys spending time and traveling with his beautiful wife, Charity, and 2 kids, Finley and Witt.

ANNETTE HURLEY

Little Rock, Arkansas

My love for fishing started when my dad put a cane pole with a cricket in my hand on the Ouachita River in South Arkansas when I was a tiny kid. I watched him fly fish as he sculled my sister and I around until we caught enough bream for a fish fry that night. I took up fly fishing in the early 90’s when I moved back to Arkansas, learning from friends and the guys in the Arkansas Fly Fishers in Little Rock. Standing in a river with a fly rod in my hand makes my soul sing! I feel closer to God there than anywhere else. It’s my privilege to share this sport with anyone who wants to learn, especially foster kids. The Mayfly Project is where I can give back to a sport that has given me a passion for fishing and being outdoors.his passion of fly fishing with Mayfly Project in the Austin, Tx. area.

CHARITY GRISHAM

MADISON LOTER

Little Rock, Arkansas

Madison grew up in Central Arkansas and is currently attending UCA to become a physical therapist. She’s always had a love for exploring the outdoors, but did not begin to truly pursue that for herself until around the time she was introduced to fly fishing. While she is no expert in the sport, she realizes that fly fishing was just what she needed to push herself outside of her comfort zone, challenge her, and is rewarding in more ways than one. She especially loves working with the Mayfly Project because of the work they do with the foster care system. Madison and her family have personally been impacted by it and she is grateful for the opportunity to pour into others.

HOLLIE SANDERS

Little Rock, Arkansas

Camping around the world with her military family, spending summers exploring the Georgia Pine woods and creeks with her cousins, fishing for Bass with her grandfather in cool clear lakes, and one impressionable vacation to the Grand Canyon at age 14 is all Hollie needed to become an outdoor lover for life. Because she grew up appreciating the benefits of time spent outside she has made it her career and life mission to help people find their outside; whatever that may be. She has been an outdoor educator for 25 years with the Corps of Engineers, Arkansas State Parks, and now the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. She also enjoys fishing, fly tying, birding, hunting, hiking, paddling, and Dutch oven cooking with her family and friends. Volunteering with the Mayfly Project is close to her heart because everyone needs someone to show them the wonder of nature, the life skill of fishing, a caring community, and the gift of time.

 
 

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!

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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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