My father was a worm dunker and instilled in me the desire to fish. Bill at LRO hooked me up with waders and boots on my first fly fishing trip to the park (I had bait casted in the park on several occasions) and I caught my first fish on a fly that day. Then it took a mere two years for others on this board to get me to quit wading and get a nice across stream mend.
Now I'm catching fish on a regular basis and have started catching them in the 10-12+ range on most trips. Going to try for the 15+ range on my next trip at the end of April. So, no real mentor other than a few nice folks on this board that helped me along with good advice, which I appreciate very much. Sorry to hear that JoeFred. Fish a little extra for him when you go.