Founded in 2007, Joey’s Fly Fishing Foundation celebrates 15 years of service to youth in the Sheridan area. Programs teach kids of all ages how to build a fly rod, tie flies, and the skills needed to be a good angler.
The program pairs youth with mentors who instruct students, build confidence, patience and respect through the culture of fly fishing.
During his appearance on Sheridan Media’s Public Pulse, founder Joey Puettman told listeners how he developed the initial program and ultimately the foundation. Puettman, working with a troubled youth, chose to take the young man fly fishing, hoping to give the young man an outlet, direction, and grounded perspective.
These courses and programs have grown into a successful youth mentorship foundation now entering its 15th year. According to Puettman, more than 2,500 children have participated in 501(c)3 programs; learn how to hand-craft fly rods, tie flies, the biology and conservation needed to maintain a healthy ecosystem in Wyoming waters, and of course, learn the skills and culture of fly fishing.
Joey’s Fly Fishing Foundation is now offering merchandise and the Next Generation Fly Rod for purchase, with all proceeds going to support the programs.
An open house at Joey’s Fly Fishing Foundation is scheduled from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday, May 19. To learn more about the foundation, click here.
Floyd Whiting, originally from Wyoming, has worked in both broadcasting and print media. Raised in Auburn Wyoming, Floyd strives to bring a clear understanding of issues and news that are important to the residents of Wyoming.