I grew up in South Jordan, UT in a large family of 7 children. I have always loved being active and outdoors. I grew up hiking, biking, running and anything else outside. In the Spring of 2013, I caught my first fish on a fly rod on the Weber River and haven't stopped fly fishing since.
As an Early Childhood and Development major, I have worked with kids of all ages and stages of their lives. Being able to put my passions of being outdoors, fly fishing and children all together with The Mayfly Project is an amazing opportunity.
I have a love for everything outdoors, to include skiing, hiking, rafting and of course, fly fishing. My favorite part of fly fishing is the environment. Watching it unravel around you is a magical experience, and being able to share this with the children I'll have the privilege of mentoring will be the most rewarding part of being involved with this program.
Verlicia (Lisa) Perez
As a mother of 4 and grandmother to 4, I am a true believer in exposing children to the true essence of nature and all that it entails. Fly fishing has been such a beautifully healing experience for me; one that I cannot wait to share with my mentees. To allow them to experience all that is fly fishing....beautiful loops of colored line passing above pristine waters; anglers hip deep in a mountain stream while clouds of caddis flutter in the adjoining bushes; or a thick shouldered cutthroat held half out of the water while a smiling angler reaches down to unpin a perfectly chosen streamer from its lower jaw, is what I look forward to experiencing with our foster kids and fellow mentors alike.
I believe each angler's fly fishing journey takes on a form of spirituality. I believe everyone has a right to take their spiritual journey in the manner they see fit. Be it in a library studying the teachings of a philosopher, on a mountain top in Tibet learning from a master, or on the sides of a river in Utah learning from nature, the choice is an individual one. For me, I think I prefer to attend the church of the Logan, Blackfoot or the Salmon. With luck, someday I will become a true angler, and not just a fish catcher.
My name is Hayley and I am a passionate lover of all things outdoors, being most comfortable standing in a river with a fly rod in hand. I started fly fishing over seven years ago and feel it profoundly changed my life for the better. I am a recreation therapist, strongly believe in the therapeutic and meditative aspects of fly fishing, and look forward to working with children in foster care as a mentor for The Mayfly Project.
Holly BadgerI grew up bait fishing the lakes and rivers of Utah and Southern Idaho. I began fly fishing about 2 years ago. Nature has always been a source of peace and comfort for me. I am pleased to be part of The Mayfly Project and help kiddos enjoy nature and fly fishing.
I am originally from Cuba and emigrated with my family to the USA when I was 14. Being a violinist, I had the chance to move to Utah and attend USU on a music scholarship. I instantly fell in love with Cache Valley, the mountains and surrounding rivers. I taught myself the art of flyfishing 4 years ago. I believe fly fishing can heal people's hearts and bring them happiness in a world of darkness. I was excited to hear about The Mayfly Project, as I remember the first time I caught a fish on a fly rod and the feelings of excitement that followed. I'm looking forward to teaching the kids how to fly fish, but most importantly, inspire them to pursue the sport and find peace in nature.
I'm Evan, a Chicago native and brand new lady angler. I spend all my time working with kids at the largest youth serving organization in Utah and love influencing young people especially with outdoor activities. Utah has inspired my lifestyle to go from "city slicker" to "outdoor enthusiast" and my life has completely changed for the better. I am beyond excited to be apart of the Utah Mayfly Project with hopes to increase the stoke in everyone's relationship with the outdoors!
Rebeca is a Utah Fly Fishing Guide and founder of the Wasatch Women's Fly Fishing Club. Rebeca's passion for teaching, studying and sharing her love for the sport can often be reflected in her volunteer work. She has been on the Utah Casting for Recovery team, an instructor for the High Country Fly Fishers Women's Clinics, Workshop volunteer at the Wasatch Expo On-Stream Classes and now, she is honored to dedicate her time towards the The Mayfly Project.
"In fly fishing, we have the opportunity to become astray. Astray from our difficulties, our day to day challenges and sometimes, our greatest fears. That sense of feeling lost from the things that cloud our minds often gives us the opportunity to step back, observe our surroundings and find positive direction. If I can share that with an individual who might benefit from such an experience, I will take the opportunity. And I believe that this is one of those opportunities. I wholeheartedly look forward to being a Mayfly Project Mentor for our local foster kids. I have a feeling that this sport will heal their hearts and shape their futures into the brightest of ways." - Rebeca Granillo