Fly fishing is meditative and the experience of watching a fly or indicator provides a “safe” opportunity for our young people to focus, tune-out, forget for a few moments and quiet the outside noise. Learning to fly fish can also be empowering for a young person–they develop a skill that they are often anxious to share with others–this can be an opportunity for a foster child to gain confidence, build relationships with others and share their passion.

Steve Ochs, Mentor

Louisville, Kentucky Project

Louisville, Kentucky Project

Lead Mentor: Amber Leach

Project location: Louisville, KY

Year project founded: 2019

Mentors on this team: 13

Children mentored to date: 2-6 (2 completed program).

Children to be mentored in 2020: 15

Local foster care partners: This worked with Mary Hurst Group Home in 2019 and are looking to broaden our foster partners in 2020 to support more children in foster care.

Local companies that support this project: Derby City Fly Fishers (DCFF). They have been instrumental in helping us to find mentors and they have been supportive of every effort we have brought to the table. I simply cannot say enough nice things about them and their willingness to lean into our vision.

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We get to show our kids that we care–that we will invest the time and effort to get to learn with them, and that our rivers and lakes are for them, not just a privileged few.

Amber Leach

Lead Mentor, Louisville, Kentucky Project

Project Mentors

AMBER LEACH, LEAD MENTOR 

Owensborow, Kentucky

Born and raised in West Virginia, Amber was fortunate enough to have been given an early introduction to mountain rivers and streams. Fishing, hiking and camping in the Appalachian Mountains with her father developed her deep seated fervor for the water and love of the great outdoors. Amber is passionate about the therapeutic effects of nature and is excited to pair that with her love of fly fishing in order to help bring healing and wholeness to foster kids in Kentucky, where she put down roots in 2004.

JOHN FROEHLICH

Louisville, Kentucky

 I am a “seasoned” fly fisher and have been married to my beautiful Liz for 56 years. Have lived in various cities and Louisville is now my permanent home. I served in the United States Marine Corp and have worked with young people professionally and as volunteer most of my adult life, Executive Director with Junior Achievement, TWO Youth Theatre, Cub Master and Assistant Scout Leader with Boy Scouts, and employed many highschoolers as owner of a Dunkin Donuts Franchisee. I have had the pleasure if fishing in Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Michigan, Colorado, South Carolina, Minnesota and Wyoming. As a member of Derby City Flyfiahers and Northern Kentucky Flyfishers, I am excited to be a part of The Mayfly Project.

KELLY GAIN PARKER

Louisville, Kentucky

I enjoy the outdoors and working with people of all ages, so this mentoring project will be a good fit for me. I’ve been married to my husband Michael [also a Mayfly Project Mentor] for over twenty years. I lived in Louisville some twenty years ago for eighteen years and recentlty moved back to the area. For the last twenty years I have been employed as a Realtor, a position that I currently hold with Semonin Realtors.

MIKE PARKER

Louisville, Kentucky

I’ve been married to my wife Kelly [also a Mayfly Project Mentor] for over twenty years. For the last twenty years I was a full-time fly fishing guide both in Az. and Ca. I’ve worked with guests from 7 -90 years of age and especially enjoy teaching beginners the sport of fly fishing.

TOMMY MULLINS

Louisville, Kentucky

US Army Veteran, and retired from Verizon after 30 years of service as a Telecommunications Engineer. Proud Father of three, who continue to carry on with our family heritage of Military Service. Growing up in the hills of Southeastern Kentucky, my Father would often take me hunting, fishing, and anything outdoors, which became a lifelong passion! Owensboro, Kentucky has been my home for the past 21 years, and I’m looking forward to serving along side other Mentors whose passion is to encourage, and change lives!

News & Events

Foster Care to Fly Fishing, with Jackie Prock

Foster Care to Fly Fishing, with Jackie Prock

“There was so much going on in my life that was out of my control, so I gravitated to the outdoors to find control. It became a place where I could go to find some peace and away from life’s confusion and uncertainties [from life in foster care],” Jackie Prock said....

4th Annual ONE FLY EVENT

4th Annual ONE FLY EVENT

We are thrilled to announce we have 14 new projects kick-starting next year across the country! Since we do not require our new projects to fund-raise, we rely on our community and national fundraisers to support these projects. Please participate in our ONE FLY...

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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