Littleton, Colorado Heather was born and raised in a very small town (Kushequa) in Northwest Pennsylvania. Growing up she spent the summers with her family spin fishing the small creeks in the Allegheny National Forest. Shortly after moving to Colorado, she decided to take up fly fishing and it has been her passion/obession! Heather is very active with Trout Unlimited serving as the president of The Greenbacks/Colorado Trout Unlimited. As a part of this role, she spends the majority of her time and focus on engaging, educating and empowering the younger generation to become our next conservation stewards. The Mayfly Project is the perfect opportunity to tap into existing Trout Unlimited resources all while sharing her passion with a group of kids who may not have the opportunity to get out on the water!
Niki is a Denver native that grew up experiencing everything the Colorado outdoors has to offer. Just over a year ago Niki picked up a fly rod for the first time and has been obsessed ever since. In that short amount of time, she has become a board member for The Greenbacks, an ambassador for WETFLY, and is excited to join The Mayfly Project as a mentor.
David is originally from Little Rock, AR and started fly fishing on the Little Red River north of Little Rock when he was about 7 years old. Since then, he has fished in many places throughout the United States and has fallen in love with the sport. Fly fishing has been very good to David, teaching him conservation and allowing him to recharge and relax on the river, even when the fish aren't biting. He wants to share these gifts with others.
David works in the real estate industry in Denver and is very happy to be a mentor for the Mayfly Project.
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Austin started fly fishing in Colorado, cutting his teeth on summer dry fly fishing. In high school, he moved to Upstate New York, where he obtained his guide license and spent his time in pursuit of Lake-run Salmon, Steelhead and Brown Trout. As an Outdoor Educator, Austin loves nothing more than to get people excited about being outside, and has held positions such as a Camp Outpost Director and L.L.Bean's Outdoor Discovery School Coordinator for Colorado. He has made it a priority to invest in the lives of High Schoolers in the greater Denver area by working with local schools to provide programming to get their kids outside.
Kristina is originally from Delaware and started fly fishing about seven years ago. Since then, she has worked throughout the U.S. and enjoys exploring new places with a fly rod in hand. As a professional forester and former rafting guide, Kristina is excited to share her love of fishing and the outdoors with the Mayfly Project kids.
Growing up in Ontario Travis learned to love fishing at a family cottage near Georgian Bay. When he moved to Colorado he started fishing for trout at Jefferson Lake and taught himself to fly fish by exploring the beaver ponds in the area. He has spent time living in Edmonton, Denver, and Aspen over the past 15 years- all great places to bring a fly rod. Travis enjoys working with kids and has been involved with youth hockey in the Denver area for a number of years. He is excited to combine his passion for foster care/adoption with his love of the water.
Kelly grew up in the Pacific Northwest spending much of his time on the water and outdoors. He went to college in Ellensburg, WA for a Flight Technology degree and had his first experience with fly fishing on the Yakima River. He has since moved to Colorado, which is where he really found his passion for fly fishing. Working a busy career as a Captain for a regional airline, Kelly uses fly fishing as a time to decompress and reconnect with nature. He loves the lessons that fly fishing has taught him and is excited to share those lessons with the TMP mentoring program.
Kim grew up in Littleton, Colorado and went to college in Boulder at the University of Colorado and then received her Masters at the University of Northern Colorado, where she studied Speech and Language Pathology. For the past three years, Kim has lived in Greenville, South Carolina. It was in Greenville that she took up fly fishing. After one time on a river, she was hooked and hasn’t looked back. Recently moving back to Colorado, she has enjoyed exploring her native state and finding new places to fish. Her favorite right now is the Poudre River in Fort Collins. She also enjoys working out, reading, cooking, sewing, skiing, and being around friends.
Jane grew up fishing for salmon at the mouth of the Columbia River, and fishing for trout in the lakes and streams of Washington State. As a retiree, she returned to Colorado and started fly fishing in 2015. Although new to the sport of fly fishing, she ties and casts both western and eastern (tenkara) style bugs. As a mother of two (now adult) children, she is eager to mentor foster children in the joys of the great outdoors.
A Maryland native, Flinn grew up fishing with her father in the rivers, lakes and bays near and far from her east coast home. She hung her shingle in Massachusetts, Nashville and New York before settling down in Aspen, Colorado in 2016. Now, a Fly Fishing Guide in the Roaring Fork Valley, every day is a new opportunity to share her passion for fly fishing and the outdoors with others who travel to fish this Gold Water from all over the world. With a background in caring for children with special needs and a honed passion for adventuring the outdoors, she’s looking forward to settling into her role as lead mentor for the Roaring Fork Valley Mayfly Project!
Born in Flint, Michigan and now residing in Aspen, Colorado. Shyanne Orvis moved out west to pursue her passion for fly fishing and snowboarding. As a Fly fishing guide and the Director for the RFV Women's Fly fishing club, it's Shyanne's main focus to inspire and introduce children and women to the sport of fly fishing. Aside from guiding and volunteering - she also loves to bake cookies, travel, read and explore the gorgeous rivers in Colorado with her boyfriend Christian. You can learn about upcoming events and programs that Shyanne is offering at (www.Shyanneorvis.com)
Chelsea is a Colorado Native who grew up in the Foothills of Northern Colorado. She started fishing when she was a little girl with her Grandparents, and discovered her love of fly fishing over a year ago. Chelsea is a career firefighter for a department in Denver and loves serving her community. Her favorite things to do are escaping to the mountains, fishing, yoga, playing with her dog, and spending time with her boyfriend.
Hi, my name is Bryan but most people call me Smitty. I've been fly fishing for about 20 years but have really been getting after it the past 10 years. Nothing makes me happier than rippin' a streamer across a huge river. I'm native to Colorado and do most of my fishing here and in Wyoming. I went to Colorado State University and have degrees in Natural Resource Management and Forestry with a concentration in fire science. I was a wild land firefighter for 7 years and now I am a full time firefighter with the Poudre Fire Authority in Fort Collins. I live in Wellington with my my girlfriend Chelsea, who is a Mayfly Project lead with me. Fly fishing is a huge part of my life and I'm excited to share my passion with anyone that wants to give it a try.
Born in Texas and raised in Colorado. Bradeys loves the outdoors and is stoked to be able to teach fly fishing to others. Bradey began fishing at a young age but it wasn't until his Senior year of College he began fly fish. Currently located in Colorado he is our lead mentor in Colorado Springs. Bradey loves fishing rivers all over Colorado but would pick Cheeseman Canyon as his favorite place to fish.
"It's the balance of peace and chaos that got me addicted to fly fishing" - Bradey Hall
Matty was born and raised in the cornfields of North East Indiana. As an avid hunter in Indiana, passions quickly switched gears once moving to Colorado and were introduced to fly fishing. Matty is currently pursuing a degree in Wildlife Education at Colorado State University – Pueblo, and when he’s not with his family, he can be found fishing the Arkansas Tail Waters or high mountain lakes.