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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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

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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

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Wet Fly Swing Podcast

Wet Fly Swing Podcast

TMP Founder, Jess Westbrook, is honored to speak with Dave Steward of Wet Fly Swing Podcast recently! Jess Westbrook shares the amazing stories behind the Mayfly Project that he created to help foster kids change their lives with fly fishing. Today, we find out what...

Our 2020 Impact!!

Our 2020 Impact!!

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Giving Tuesday Success, 2020!

Thank You!!! Together, WE DID IT! We hit our goal on Tuesday! For our National Project online, we raised $14,000! For our individual project fundraisers we hit over $20,000!!!! This year, many of our lead mentors, mentors, and friends, all did Facebook fundraisers to...

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