Marissa is a licensed veterinarian technician and also has a BA of Science in Biology. She absolutely loves the water and everything included with it, especially fly fishing. Her senior thesis was on a local streams macroinvertebrates, she chose this so she could improve the quality of water for one of the only cold water trout streams in Nebraska. Marissa is very passionate about helping kids as well as teaching them fish. She previously worked with Nebraska Game and Parks in their Trout in the Classroom program as well as Fishing in Nebraska schools. Marissa was adopted as an infant and have always had a fondness working with foster kids and helping them find someone to connect with. She thinks fishing and being near any water source provides incredible opportunities to bond as well as brings clarity and peace to anyone enjoying it. Her hope to provide this for foster kids in Nebraska, as well as the skills and passion to continue fly fishing into their adult lives
I was raised on the Missouri river with my first time being when I was just 2 weeks old. I have a strong love and an even stronger respect for the water. I also love riding my motorcycle, playing golf, snowboarding, or just being outside with my friends. The Mayfly Project is something I am very excited to be a part of so I can help kids learn how to Fly Fish and give them an escape from everyday life.
Eric Ramos Omaha, Nebraska I'm a native of Jersey City, NJ, and that's where I was first exposed to both conventional fresh & saltwater fishing. I was transplanted to Nebraska via the Air Force, serving mainly in the southeast Asian theater. An airman I supervised at Offutt Air Force Base who was outdoors-oriented, asked if I wanted to fish. We started to fish & hunt, and it eventually evolved into flyfishing & flytying. I focus mainly on flyfishing/flytying for carp, but will fish for anything that'll take a fly. When I separated from the military, my wife & I decided to stay in the Omaha area, to have a good environment for the kids to grow up in. Flyfishing & hunting has always been an outlet for me, to get away from any of the stressors we call life. For the brief moment, I'm concentrated on what I'm pursuing. Even if I don't land or harvest anything, just being outdoors refreshes my soul. I found The Mayfly Project while volunteering with Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing. My goals are to pass on the flyfishing skills to the kids, build confidence & self-initiative, and encourage/empower them to learn new skill-sets, they can use into adulthood.