New fly fishing program for youth anglers

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The Mayfly Project: Making Fly Fishing Reel Fun for Foster Children

Arkansas -The motivation for the birth of his son, Benton, Arkansas, men and wives, and provided a unique idea for the plan based on the life cycle of May flies, thereby bringing flying fishing for children.Jess Westbrook and his wife Laura established the Mayfly project in 2015. This was inspired by their son’s birth a year after birth to help children in Arkansana PrefectureFostering in the surrounding communities.

Four months after launch, Kaitlin Barnhart, a native of Edaho, seized the wind of the project, and was interested in taking root in his own efforts, and worked with Westbrooks togetherWork and extend the TMP to Arkansas.This is the birth of the national plan. The plan was released on the streets of the United States in 2016 after the cooperation of the three.

The name and structure of the TMP are modeling around the life cycle of May flies. This is a bait often used as a bait in fly fishing.The first stage is the egg stage of fishing, flying rods and TMF project tutors.

The second stage is the Iseworm stage.The nymph stage is that when the insects are partially deformed. For TMP, children learn to cast, knots, capture and release, and now they should start fishing.

The third stage was the emerging stage, when Mayfly entered the water.For TMP, children practice and practice linked, practice protection and education, and can put them on their own.After the May Fly appeared, it appeared like Dunn.Then, May flies to the bank -side plant area and then turns to the rotor.This happened within a few minutes until one day.On the TMP DUN stage, the children learned to read water, repair lines and rolling casting.Finally, there is a huge trap. The children fishing for the last interesting day in a special location and obtained a flying rod and equipment.

"For a long time, I took my child to fostering and fishing for a long time."I have not established non -profit organizations. This is just what I like to do, I will do it. "

Today, TMP has 62 active projects throughout the United States and has one in the UK.Once the project starts, the project appears again every year.First of all, looking for a chief mentor in its area and assigned a project.The main mentor then is responsible for recruiting more mentors to participate in the project.Once the foundation consolidates, TMP must be exposed to foster families or group houses and find children to participate.

Banhart said: "Honestly, it is easy to find a mentor." "Flying fishing people and the flying fishing community are so generous. People are really happy to share their movements."

Each project is five courses, about ten mentors and ten children.One -to -one ratio can ensure that each child has his own mentor, and he will not feel at a loss in a large group environment.The smaller the group, the better the quality of the course.

From bundling to how to fish, the foundation of the children has taught the children.TMP only practice capture and release, and introduce children into protection, such as protecting invasive species and picking up garbage.The project is limited to five meetings because foster children often enter and leave their homes.The organizations of these projects are because children can start and complete; it gives them time to understand their mentors and have the opportunity to fish in different locations in their current residential areas.

"Our Los Angeles project just started last year, this is also a real neat person." "If someone wants to guide or support the project, it will be huge.Always look like a method of fundraising and let more children go out.

The Los Angeles project is the second project after the San Francisco project.Los Angeles project is led by 27 -year -old educator Jane Miller. He also provided guidance for the Seattle project in 2018.It is a team benefits consisting of 12 mentors and 6-8 children.The project is sponsored by RFO Holdings LTD and Fontamillas.

Barnhart said: "We have a unified process of adding projects, but they are almost the same, just in different positions." "They (mentors) experienced the application process, and then we decided who to choose that year."

For those who are interested in becoming a mentor, the Mayfly Project website provides an application form for specific and new projects.For more information or donations about the Mayfly project, visit