Our project supports and introduces our local young people to the joys of fishing and the value of our natural resources.

Marc Hutzel

Silver Spring, Maryland Project

Silver Spring, Maryland Project

Lead Mentors: Rachel Dagovitz and Marc Hutzel

Project Location: Silver Spring, Maryland Project

Year project founded: 2017, by Rachel Dagovitz

Mentors on this team: 8

Children mentored to date: 35

Children to be mentored in 2020: 8-10

Local foster care partners: Hearts and Homes

Local companies that support this project: Trout Unlimited chapters Potomac-Patuxent and the National Capital.

We would also like to thank donors in 2019:

Keystone Anglers Guiding
Steelhead Alley Guides
Bass Pro, Hanover
Brackish Flies Guiding

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As mentors, we love bringing the kids out to nature and sharing time and a little knowledge about fly fishing and conservation. It takes everyone’s mind off other things and lets us enjoy the moment together. 

Rachel Dagovitz

Lead Mentor, Silver Spring, Maryland Project

Project Mentors

MARC HUTZEL, LEAD MENTOR

Olney, Maryland

Marc is originally from Carlisle Pennsylvania, home of the famous LeTort spring creek. He grew up spending time outdoors camping, hunting, and fishing. He is a past Board member for the Potomac-Patuxent Trout Unlimited Chapter and currently sits on the Board for the Mid-Atlantic Council of Trout Unlimited.

Marc, his wife, and ten-year-old son, and their dog, Boomer reside in Maryland and he runs the IT department for an international non-profit based in Washington DC.

Marc believes that there is real value in teaching someone how to fly fish even if that person does not take up the sport for many years to come. 

RACHEL DAGOVITZ, CO-LEAD MENTOR

Silver Spring, Maryland

Rachel is originally from San Francisco, but now resides in Silver Spring Maryland. I have been fishing since I was eight years old. I started fly fishing later in life. What I really like is the intersection of understanding the workings of stream ecology with the fun of casting and catching fish. I enjoy all fishing, whether it is fishing for small native fish or chasing large steelhead and salmon. I look forward to sharing my love of nature and fishing with the youth of the Mayfly Project!

JASON ROWE

Washington, DC

Having grown up in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and less a quarter mile from the South River in Virginia, Jason began began fly fishing at twelve years old. His first fly rod, an L.L. Bean First Cast seven footer, has caught everything from wild brookies in the Appalachian Mountains to rainbow trout in Wyoming. Jason currently lives in the nation’s capitol, so he spends a lot of time fishing in his native Virginia, Northern Maryland, and the Potomac River in downtown DC. Apart from fishing, Jason holds a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Virginia and currently works as an assistant preconstruction manager for a real estate development and construction company, responsible for developing preconstruction budgets for multifamily real estate projects.

KATIE BLIZZARD

Silver Springs, Maryland

Katie is a native from Carroll County, Maryland. She enjoys teaching fly tying classes, casting classes and guiding whomever wishes to trek with her through spooky trout water minutes from her home. Katie has taught fly fishing classes to kids in the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center summer camps and thoroughly enjoys working along side kids of any age. She works part time in Great Feathers Fly Shop in Sparks, Maryland. While she is blessed with blue gill and bass ponds nothing gets her heart pumping like throwing big streamers for musky and pike! Katie loves to laugh and pull the occasional practical joke but will ALWAYS be carrying snacks in her pack for those who join her adventure!

MOTTI TADMOR

Silver Springs, Maryland

Motti moved to the US about 13 years ago from Israel. Motti remembers fishing since he was very young, maybe 3-4 years old.
In the US Motti got introduced to fly fishing and never went back 🙂 he fishes around Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia mainly and keeps improving his fly tying and fly fishing skills. Motti lived in Florida for 10 years where he fished some saltwater monsters like Snook, Spotted trout and Baracuda, but it wasn’t until he moved to the DC area that he started fishing for trout and is enjoying it very much. Motti used to be a scoutmaster for a boys scouts troop and enjoys working with youth, helping them and guiding them, giving them tools and shaping their personality gives him great satisfaction, he is very much looking forward to working with TMP’s Maryland chapter he joined a few months ago.atie is a native from Carroll County, Maryland. 

HOWIE FISCHER

Silver Springs, Maryland

Howie grew up across the world as a Navy brat. He enjoys everything outdoors and grew up fishing for bass with his dad using conventional tackle. Howie picked up fly fishing about 5 years ago while living in Washington State. Since then, fly fishing has become his passion, devoting time and energy to learning more about the sport and conservation. He loves taking friends out and teaching them how to fly fish. He has fly fished Washington, Montana, Wisconsin, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York, and Virginia. Howie is currently a Special Education Paraeducator and works with children with behavioral struggles. Howie is excited to apply his personal and work experience to helping kiddos learn to fly fish.

KATIE BARTLING

Silver Springs, Maryland

Katie studied environmental science in her ungrad and has been working in the field for the past ten years. She specializes in projects focusing on ecological restoration and monitoring, wildlife habitat assessments, and wetland science. She is an avid volunteer and enjoys contributing to wildlife research relating to shorebird health, horseshoe crab spawning, and owl migration. Volunteering with the Mayfly Project has helped fulfill her passion for environmental education and engaging others to explore the natural world through fly fishing. To align her interests with her career goals, she is pursuing a Masters degree at Temple University in Landscape Architecture. As part of her work there, she is helping a fisheries group develop a landscape restoration plan to enhance brook trout habitat. In her free time, Katie enjoys kayaking with her dog, Zoey, fly fishing, and gardening.

KATIE BARTLING

Silver Spring, Maryland

Katie studied environmental science in her ungrad and has been working in the field for the past ten years. She specializes in projects focusing on ecological restoration and monitoring, wildlife habitat assessments, and wetland science. She is an avid volunteer and enjoys contributing to wildlife research relating to shorebird health, horseshoe crab spawning, and owl migration. Volunteering with the Mayfly Project has helped fulfill her passion for environmental education and engaging others to explore the natural world through fly fishing. To align her interests with her career goals, she is pursuing a Masters degree at Temple University in Landscape Architecture. As part of her work there, she is helping a fisheries group develop a landscape restoration plan to enhance brook trout habitat. In her free time, Katie enjoys kayaking with her dog, Zoey, fly fishing, and gardening.

 

 

 

MIKE MUSCATELL

Silver Spring, Maryland

Mike is a Darnestown, Maryland native that has been fishing all if his life. Mike started fly fishing in his 30’s and never looked back. Most of his experience is in Salt, but he began trout fishing locally when his son became interested in fly fishing.

Mike is a partner in a local accounting firm and currently serves as a trustee at St. John’s Episcopal School in Olney, Maryland. He also enjoys photography.
Mike and his wife Denise have been married for 23 years and have twin seniors in high school that will soon be embarking on a new journey.

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