THE MAYFLY PROJECT: The mission of The Mayfly Project is to build relationships with children in foster care through fly fishing and introduce them to their local water ecosystems, with a hope that connecting them to a rewarding hobby will provide an opportunity for foster children to have fun, feel supported, and develop a meaningful connection with the outdoors.
With a simple goal of creating space for everyone on the water, Confluence Collective focuses work on fostering accessible and inclusive learning spaces and community building opportunities through fly fishing. Connecting people holding different identities through a shared passion helps put understanding into action, and allows more perspectives to curate what the fly fishing community and culture should look like to truly be welcoming of everyone.
Both knowing more can be achieved when we work together, it was clear our overlap in mission would result in some awesome collaboration. The learning and healing power fly fishing holds for anyone is undeniable; the ability to build relationships through this connection is perhaps even more prominent.
While COVID-19 has interrupted regular programming for both The Mayfly Project and Confluence Collective, we still want to support finding community and sharing experiences as best we can from a distance. Part of this effort manifested as the Virtual Noob Fly Tying series hosted by Confluence Collective and welcoming varied perspectives to step up behind the vise and learn together. Meanwhile, The Mayfly Project had shifted from in-person programming to create fly tying kits for their kids in program to keep learning, and expanding their fly boxes. It just made sense to welcome The Mayfly Project into the series for a vise takeover!