Lynae received her first fly rod when she was sixteen years old. She dabbled in fly fishing for the next few years, exploring her home waters in Kalispell, MT until attending The Fly Shop’s Women’s Fly Fishing School in 2009. It was that experience that turned fly fishing from a hobby to a pursuit. After graduating from Montana State University she found herself in Seattle. Being stuck in traffic more than being stuck on the river quickly got old and she moved back to Montana in 2015. It was back in Montana that her and her sister Kara's lifelong dream of designing women’s fly fishing accessories finally hatched and Damsel Fly Fishing was born. When she is not putting together sales forecasts for Damsel, she is exploring local water, improving her casting, and plotting her next fishing trip with her sister. She is excited to take part of Montana's first Mayfly Project and looks forward to paying forward the joy of fishing.
Growing up in Illinois, Mollie's family fishing roots run deep. However it didn't become her mad passion until 2006 while living in Baltimore. It was during her first trip west, in 2007 to fish the Yellowstone area, in which she drove over the the Beartooth pass and knew she had to make the mountains her home. It was also at this time she discovered her love of philanthropy and fundraising. Because of the loss of her mother to breast cancer in 1991, was drawn to the work and mission of Casting for Recovery. She served in many capacities with the Mid-Atlantic Program eventually becoming the Program Manager. In addition to her work with CfR, has served on the boards of Maryland Trout Unlimited and the WestSlope Chapter of Trout Unlimited in Missoula. Being well aware of how transformative fly fishing and being on the water can be, is excited to be part of The Mayfly Project and the important work it does. For 'work' Mollie is the Director of Conservation and Education for the Sweetwater Fly Shop in Livingston. It’s no surprise that in her off time you’ll find her off on a fishing adventure locally or regionally.
Jamie Van Dyke
Jamie is a third generation Montanan and lives in Bozeman. When she is not out enjoying time on a river, playing the mountains or traveling somewhere new you can find her selling real estate. Jamie has a passion the outdoors and is looking forward to settling into her role as lead mentor for the Bozeman Montana Mayfly Project!
Kelly Harrison was born and raised in Missoula and a licensed guide in Western Montana. She is USAF Veteran, a graduate of the U of M and The Montana Fishing Guide School in Big Sky, Montana. Kelly has a background working with children as a pediatric dental and surgical assistant for over 6 years. Her mission is to aid kids of all ages in their pursuit to fly fish the legendary waters of Montana.
For T.K., combining fly fishing and working with kids is a no-brainer. From peer assisted leadership to summer camps, he has worked with kids in all aspects since his high school days. He is nothing short of excited to be a part of the Mayfly Project, ready to share his love for fly fishing and the outdoors to young people. T.K. first started fly fishing in 2014 where he instantly became "hooked" (sorry, obligatory overused terrible pun) fishing the creek and river systems of the Texas Hill Country. Since then he's developed a love for tying flies, making his own fly gear, and more recently, building rods. He moved to Missoula in January of 2018 and the moment the alpine lakes thawed, he was up in the mountains with his dog at a new lake nearly every single weekend. For him, fly fishing is more than just catching a fish, it's about connecting with the outdoors and he hopes to instill those values in the hearts and minds of youth.
Growing up in Idaho I discovered my love for fishing at a young age while fishing with my dad on the magnificent Snake and Salmon Rivers. I then left for college, to attend the University of Montana in Missoula, MT to pursue a degree in Health and Human Performance. Not only did my passion for fly-fishing grow as I explored the new waters of Montana, I also discovered an interest in the mental well-being of youth through recreational therapy. In joining the May Fly Project, I hope to combine these two passions. In the midst of balancing my time between school and work, I find fly-fishing to be my escape from the busy world and hope to be able to provide that escape for the children as well!