I have had many patients in the foster care system and have witnessed first hand their need for stable, loving relationships. TMP will provide a foundation for this type of relationship. I am excited for this program to get started here in Nashville!!
Lauren Gibson, Mentor

Nashville, Tennessee Project

Nashville, Tennessee Project

Lead Mentor: Rob Walls

Project location: Nashville, Tennessee

Year project founded: 2019

Mentors on this team: 7

Children mentored to date: 8

Children to be mentored in 2020: 5-7

Local foster care partners: Department of Health and Welfare 

Local companies that support this project: Currently searching for local support.

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Nashville, Tennessee Project

Fly fishing helps me slow down, focus, and prioritize my thoughts. I would like to share this joy with others and have a special place in my heart for kids. I feel called to help children “be all that they can be”, be successful, be proud and know that they have great worth, that they can be loved and that they can love things.

Rob Walls

Lead Mentor, Nashville, Tennessee Project

Project Mentors

ROB WALLS, LEAD MENTOR

Franklin, Tennessee

A native of East Tennessee, Rob became interested in fly fishing as a “therapeutic escape” from hectic professional school life-and found a whole new life. He currently lives in Nashville, TN with his wife and kids, fishes around the South East and West as much as possible. His days are spent “pursuing wellness” with children and families as a pediatric occupational therapist and dreaming of the next great adventure. Rob really looks forward to building something wonderful with The Mayfly Project in MUSIC CITY!

DAVID DAILY

Franklin, Tennessee

At 19 my college buddy from Montana taught me to fly fish for trout in Tennessee not knowing that there’s hardly any trout in Tennessee. So after about 10 trips of not catching trout we found a local fly shop and figured out where to go. Now 35 years later Tennessee has some great trout fishing and I love sharing it with new and old friends.

BRUNO MARCAL POCO

Chattanooga, Tennessee

Bruno started fly-fishing at the age of 13 while growing up in South Africa. A few years later he started his first job as a commercial fly-tier. Since then he Has caught over 50 species on fly and loves to travel around the world chasing native species. In South Africa he worked as a middle school art teacher until he moved to the USA 5 years ago. Since then he has worked as an climbing and kayak guide and instructor around the country. Now residing in Chattanooga, Tennessee, he continues to teach. You are sure to find him on local rivers and streams with a fly rod in hand during his free time. He can’t wait to share his passion of fly-fishing with others and is a proud mentor of The Mayfly Project.

News & Events

Podcast with April Vokey, Anchored Outdoors

Podcast with April Vokey, Anchored Outdoors

We were thrilled to be on Anchored Outdoors Podcast, with the talented, April Vokey! Please check this podcast out and find out more about the founders, their vision, and how TMP is supporting foster children across the country here: Anchored Podcast Ep. 177: Jess...

The Gift of Fly Fishing, Fort Collins, CO

"Hello Bryan and Chelsea, I just wanted to share this great picture of Alicia catching a beautiful rainbow trout (I think) while we camped along the North Fork of the Gunnison River in Paonia. She really enjoyed fly fishing while out there and you can tell by the look...

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...

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