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The Mayfly Project

London, United Kingdom Project

Project Lead Mentor: Susan Skrupa

Project location: London, UK

Year project founded: 2021

Mentors on this team: 12

Children to be mentored in 2021: 6-10

Local foster care partners: Currently searching for partners.

Local companies that support this project:  Currently searching for community support and partnerships.

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Contact our TMP UK Director here: Susan@themayflyproject.com

 

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I’ve experienced the healing power of nature and fly fishing first-hand, so I’m excited and grateful for the opportunity to launch The Mayfly Project for young people and mentors in the UK.

Susan Skrupa

TMP UK Director and Lead Mentor, London, United Kingdom Project

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SUSAN SKRUPA, Director, TMP United Kingdom

London, United Kingdom

 Born and raised in upstate New York, I spent my summers running wild and free through the North Country wilderness. From a young age, my father instilled in me an appreciation of the outdoors, encouraging me to explore the natural world and teaching me to fish. I come from a long line of fishermen, but I was the first in my family to take up fly fishing. Starting on the saltwater estuaries of the Massachusetts coastline, it wasn’t until I relocated to London, England in 2008 that my passion for the sport really took hold. Now, I travel the world in search of the tug.

Having lost my father (and mother) as a young adult, I was forced to grow up quickly and rethink the notion of family. Through the sport I found a new fly fishing family and a renewed sense of belonging. When I approached The Mayfly Project, I was looking for a way to give back what my father had given to me. For me, the opportunity to pass down my knowledge of fly fishing and nature to a disadvantaged young person, who may lack support, confidence and connection — and possibly any notion of family — completes the circle. I am so excited and honoured to be leading the charge to bring The Mayfly Project to the United Kingdom as we launch the first international chapter in 2021.

ANDY LA FOLLETTE, MENTOR

London, United Kingdom

 An Iowa native and married more than half his life to Deedrie, Andy is a father to two young adults. This family persevered 2020 and now resides in London, UK. Andy is a global key account manager in the food and agriculture market for FOSS Analytics. Educated at the University of Northern Iowa in Chemistry and Biology, where he also participated in Division 1-AA Football and Division 1 Indoor Track. Andy’s additive work experiences include physical therapy, chemistry, animal feed innovation, consulting, oilseeds process analytics, sale and marketing, and high school boys basketball coaching part-time for three years. Fly fishing experiences since 1995, includes a passion for fly tying and sharing experiences on the water.

GRAHAM BAUGHAN, MENTOR

London, United Kingdom

Graham grew up in Peterborough fishing the River Nene and abandoned clay scraped brick pits for anything that would bite. Later he went to University in Nottingham and backpacked around Australia where he met his Swedish partner of 16 years. After living in London and working in finance for 10 years Graham and his partner moved to Sweden where they started a family and now have 2 young children. This is where Graham fell in love with fly fishing after meeting his own mentor with 60 years of experience who schooled him in the art and techniques of Scandi fly fishing. Graham and his family are now back in London although escape the city at every opportunity to be in the countryside fishing, walking, exploring or playing on the beach.

LARYSA YEFREMOVA

London, United Kingdom

Many of those who are hooked on fly fishing went into it thinking of only catching fish, but have found much more than that. That’s what happened with me. It was not pretty at the beginning. I started fishing during the winter, going to reservoirs every week casting my heart out in freezing cold and gusty winds. It took me four months to get my first rainbow trout which I didn’t manage to net. I was so disappointed that I could not take a picture of my first fish. I did not know then that I would have an image of every fish that I have caught since, then saved in my mind.

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