Thank you for taking time to teach us about fly fishing. It was a lot of fun!

Mentee, from 2019 Project

Missoula, Montana Project

Missoula, Montana Project

Lead Mentor: Karin Flint

Co-Lead: Danielle Bailey

Project Location: Missoula, Montana

Year project founded: 2019

Mentors on this team: 8 (currently searching for more mentors to join the team)

Children mentored to date: 3

Children to be mentored in 2020: 7-8

Local foster care partners: CASA, Local Girl’s Home

Local companies that support this project: Westslope TU, Trout & Company. Currently searching for local support for 2020.

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Fly fishing can bring a sense of wonder and peace to human beings that can’t find that in their day to day life!

Danielle Bailey

Co-Lead Mentor, Missoula, Montana Project

Project Mentors

KARIN FLINT, LEAD MENTOR

Missoula, Montana

 
 
I grew up fishing with my dad and siblings in the small streams and mountain lakes of Western Montana. It wasn’t until I got involved with the Trout Unlimited kids camp seven years ago that I picked up a fly rod. I learned right along with the campers and loved it. I absolutely love standing out there in a clear, cold creek watching cutthroat go after my fly. Fly fishing puts me in a happy place that is exciting and challenging, but therapeutic in nature. I love teaching kids all about fly fishing and love to see the excitement on their faces when they get their first fish! I taught for 32 years and I still love working with kids. I hope to share the excitement of fly fishing with many kids to show them a life long sport that will get them out in nature.

DANIELLE BAILEY

Missoula, Montana

I grew up flicking a fly out into the small forks of the Rogue River in Oregon, lucking into hooking trout. Those days out in nature with my feet in the water and the deep serenity of fly fishing helped shape the person I am and who I will grow to be. I am passionate about nature and getting children out into it, which is why I teach in a nature based preschool. Each child deserves the peace fly fishing can bring and I am honored to help guide foster children in their process.

T.K. ARCHIBALD

Missoula, Montana

For T.K., combining fly fishing and working with kids is a no-brainer. From peer assisted leadership to summer camps, he has worked with kids in all aspects since his high school days. He is nothing short of excited to be a part of the Mayfly Project, ready to share his love for fly fishing and the outdoors to young people. T.K. first started fly fishing in 2014 where he instantly became “hooked” (sorry, obligatory overused terrible pun) fishing the creek and river systems of the Texas Hill Country. Since then he’s developed a love for tying flies, making his own fly gear, and more recently, building rods. He moved to Missoula in January of 2018 and the moment the alpine lakes thawed, he was up in the mountains with his dog at a new lake nearly every single weekend. For him, fly fishing is more than just catching a fish, it’s about connecting with the outdoors and he hopes to instill those values in the hearts and minds of youth.

 

KELLY HARRISON

Missoula, Montana

Kelly Harrison was born and raised in Missoula and a licensed guide in Western Montana. She is USAF Veteran, a graduate of the U of M and The Montana Fishing Guide School in Big Sky, Montana. Kelly has a background working with children as a pediatric dental and surgical assistant for over 6 years. Her mission is to aid kids of all ages in their pursuit to fly fish the legendary waters of Montana.

ALEXA MILLWARD

Missoula, Montana

Growing up in Idaho I discovered my love for fishing at a young age while fishing with my dad on the magnificent Snake and Salmon Rivers. I then left for college, to attend the University of Montana in Missoula, MT to pursue a degree in Health and Human Performance. Not only did my passion for fly-fishing grow as I explored the new waters of Montana, I also discovered an interest in the mental well-being of youth through recreational therapy. In joining the May Fly Project, I hope to combine these two passions. In the midst of balancing my time between school and work, I find fly-fishing to be my escape from the busy world and hope to be able to provide that escape for the children as well!

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