TMP Nebraska founder Marissa Jensen's thoughts on mentoring

There is a healing property with water that has the potential to calm and the the soul. I have always had a deep love and connection with water for this reason. When I came across the website for The Mayfly Project, I knew I found the perfect fit to share my love for water and the outdoors while also providing guidance for others. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I first joined The Mayfly Project. I knew that I wanted to become more involved in working with foster kids, but I was also excited for the opportunity to find other interested mentors in the area and build a bigger community of fly fishing enthusiast that enjoy giving back in the state of Nebraska. I was excited to provide an opportunity for foster kids that shows them how they can be successful in the outdoors or on the water, as well as provide consistency and companionship.

I must admit, I was a little nervous when I started with our first group of foster kids. I wasn’t sure how interested or engaged these kids would be. I kept thinking, what if they hate it, or they can’t catch a fish? What I found as a mentor is these kids just appreciate any time they get to spend with you away from their day to day lives. On our last outing, there was much more excitement over looking for macroinvertebrates than there was catching a fish. To be able to provide a sense of serenity and belonging for a child that might struggle with their place in this world is such a blessing.

The Mayfly Project is an incredible organization that I am so happy to be a part of. Knowing that I can help give these kids the tools to find their happiness and quiet during a busy or tough day truly fills me with joy. That smile they have when they land their first fish, or the laughs after they lose “the big one,” I hope it is something they will take with them for years to come, I know I will.

Marissa Jensen, Nebraska

Second Chance Ranch Last Outing

Our Second Chance Ranch last outing was this past weekend and we had an absolute blast.  All kids caught at least 4 trout!!!  We had 3 new mentors join us for this outing as always North Arkansas was so great to us - Lemleys Rock Cabins donated rooms for half of our mentors and the Kirby's donated their cabin for the boys and our new mentors.  

Of course the kids were stoked to walk into their cabin to find a new rod, reel, pack, flies, nippers, etc on their bed!!!  Nativ also stepped up really big by donating shirts, hats and water bottles for all the kids.  And Kroger kept us fed all weekend.

Super big thank you to all our partners for making this happen!!!!

Coming up in Arkansas - We are going to partner with Project Zero and Nathan Willis films to shoot another short film on February 4th!!!

Tight Lines

Jess

Last Outing for our Fall Second Chance Ranch Session

This weekend we will be headed to Dry Run Creek with 5 children we have been mentoring at Second Chance Ranch.  We are so excited for these kids - they will get their own fly rod, pack, fly box, leaders, indicators and nippers.  We will also be meeting up with 2 children that we have mentored in the past and we will have mentors working with them as well.  We are so blessed to have 3 new possible mentors joining us this weekend to see what TMP is all about!

 

Tight Lines,

Jess

Filming with Nathan Willis

This past weekend we were so excited to film a short film with Nathan Willis out of Little Rock Arkansas.  The film with feature two foster children Bella and Frankie.  The main purpose of the film is to try to find Frankie a forever home.

Bella has been fishing with us a few times so we thought it would be great to showcase her an experienced angler.  Bella did great she hung in there while we were filming in 30 degree weather and she also landed a 24" bow on camera!!!!

This was the first time we had met Frankie.  He was so much fun to fish with and teach.  Frankie caught two rainbows in probably an hour and a half.  I cannot wait for you guys to get to see Frankie!!!!!!

The film should be ready January 2017.   

From TMP we hope you guys have a Merry Christmas!