Fly Fishing gets children outdoors, teaches them a skill they can use for a lifetime, and fosters their self esteem all while giving them a community (fly fishing family) they can be a part of.

Kiki Gavin, Mentor

Manassas, Virginia Project

Manassas, Virginia Project

Lead Mentor: Nicholas Carley

Project location: Manassas, Virginia

Year project founded: 2019

Mentors on this team: 11

Children mentored to date: Starting 2020

Children to be mentored in 2020: 8-10

Local foster care partners: A family-run group home in Prince William County, Virginia 

Local companies that support this project: The Virginia Fly Fishing and Wine Festival, Trout Unlimited and Falmouth Flats Fly Fishers for their encouragement of the Mayfly Project locally. We are also thankful for Douglas Dear, of Rose River Farms for hosting our 2-Fly Event for the national project for two years.

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Manassas, Virginia Project

Everyone that has had a chance at learning how to fly fish has had the luxury of having someone take the time and teach them. We are eager to pay it forward to the children of the Virginia foster care system and look forward to introducing them to fly fishing.

Nicholas Carley

Lead Mentor, Manassas, Virginia Project

Project Mentors

NICHOLAS CARLEY, LEAD MENTOR

Manassas, Virginia

Nicholas works his dream job as a Special Education teacher at a Nontraditional School for students with Emotional disabilities teaching middle school history. Grew up conventional fishing but made the switch to fly fishing in 2013 and has become obsessed with fly fishing. Nicholas has an Australian Shepherd named Teddy who joins in on most fly-fishing adventures. Combining his passion to teach and fish Nicholas is eager to teach anyone willing to learn how to fly fish to include his amazing wife and fellow mentor Yolany Carley. Nicholas is eager to share his love of fly fishing and the outdoors with the Mayfly project

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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Manassas, Virginia Project

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