Bozeman, Montana

    Lynae Axelson   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.

 

Lynae Axelson

 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.

    Mollie Simpkins  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.

 

Mollie Simpkins

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.

    Laurel Monaghan  A Pennsylvania native and Montana resident, Laurel is an avid angler, hunter and travel connoisseur. From wading in the small streams of your hometown or hiking up to peaks in Montana to scout for big game, it is my passion to support you in your experiences in the outdoors. Laurel's greatest hope is to inspire others, giving them the confidence to get on the water and in the field. Currently Laurel chases fishing seasons from Montana to the Capital Region teaching women and children along the way.

 

Laurel Monaghan

A Pennsylvania native and Montana resident, Laurel is an avid angler, hunter and travel connoisseur. From wading in the small streams of your hometown or hiking up to peaks in Montana to scout for big game, it is my passion to support you in your experiences in the outdoors. Laurel's greatest hope is to inspire others, giving them the confidence to get on the water and in the field. Currently Laurel chases fishing seasons from Montana to the Capital Region teaching women and children along the way.


Missoula, Montana

    Kelly Harrison  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.

 

Kelly Harrison

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.