I’m going to be the best fly fisher ever when I grow up!

Foster Child

The Mayfly Project Mentee

Raleigh, North Carolina Project

Lead Mentor: Will Barnett

Project Location: Raleigh, North Carolina

Project Founded: 2020, to launch in 2021

Mentors to be added to the team: 8-10

Children to mentor in 2021: 5-8

Local foster care partners:  Currently searching for partners for this project.

Local sponsors/company partners: Currently searching for local sponsors and partners.

Contact: Will Barnett

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The opportunity to mentor with the Mayfly Project is an honor. It’s a special program that I’m proud to be a small part of. I can’t wait to get started sharing my experiences with mentors, mentees, and everyone involved in the program.

Will Barnett

Lead Mentor, Raleigh, North Carolina Project

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Will Barnett, Lead Mentor

Raleigh, North Carolina

My fly-fishing story started on the Davidson River about 8 years ago. Since then, I’ve fished everywhere from saltwater flats to warm water lakes to tiny headwaters. More importantly, I’ve come to understand and embrace the wellness benefits of fly fishing. There’s nothing more calming to me than being in the river.

At home, I live in Raleigh, NC with my wife, Beth. In my free time that’s not spent fishing, I like to cook and play my guitar (poorly). At work, I manage business and strategy in the healthcare IT industry.

The opportunity to lead mentor with the Mayfly Project is an honor. It’s a special program that I’m proud to be a small part of. I’m looking forward to sharing experiences that have a positive and long lasting impact on all involved.

JOEY HESTER, MENTOR

Raleigh, North Carolina

Joey grew up fishing small creeks in eastern North Carolina and later discovered fly fishing thanks to his wife, Kennan.  What began as a hobby for small farm ponds eventually found him chasing redfish, mountain trout, largemouth bass, and false albacore throughout the year.  He currently works for the NC Department of Environmental Quality developing policies and regulations to protect water quality and serves as our Conservation Mentor.  An avid fly tyer, Joey is also the Conservation Committee Chair for Triangle Fly Fishers, the Triangle chapter of Trout Unlimited.  

FELIPE LOPES, MENTOR

Cary, North Carolina

Born in Brazil, Orlando raised Felipe grew up chasing Bass in Florida’s many sand bottom lakes. He began to pursue fly fishing after moving to North Carolina with his wife Clara, and pup Samson. Felipe works as a strength and conditioning coach at NC State University where he leads the performance programs for Track, Softball, and Swim. If a species swims, Felipe will throw a fly at it!

ANNIE O’LEARY, MENTOR

Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Annie O’Leary has fly fished in Wisconsin, North Carolina and Colorado, mostly in trout streams, over the last ten years.  The whole process is fun for her: planning the outing, preparing the gear, choosing (not always correctly) which fly to use, and catching fish!  She also loves the serenity and confidence it gives her, the solitude for thinking, the silent competition with the fish, and the stunningly beautiful places where we go fishing.  She can’t wait to share that with other people. 

Outside of fishing, Annie was a fundraiser for environmental and health care organizations, and now works in marketing for healthy foods. Hobbies outside of fishing include hiking, camping and gardening—anything that keeps her outdoors!

JENNIFER ALPHIN, MENTOR

Franklinton, North Carolina

Jennifer is a mother of three young adults, a dental hygienist and a cancer survivor. Thanks to a free retreat with Casting Carolinas, for women with a cancer diagnosis, she learned she had a true love of fly fishing and the healing effects of being on the water. She now volunteers for Casting Carolina’s as a retreat leader and alumnae coordinator and is currently a board member and Education chair for the local Trout Unlimited Chapter, Triangle Fly Fishers. 

TIM SUTTLES, MENTOR

Raleigh, North Carolina

Tim grew up in the mountains of North Carolina. Growing up he and his father fished for anything and everything that would bite a hook. Tim is now an avid fly fisherman but still remains happy to catch any fish that will bite a hook across saltwater and freshwater. Tim is also a pilot and works with children in the Civil Air Patrol as one of their glider pilots. Tim is excited to take you fishing and teach you all about conservation and how to enjoy this vast resource.

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