Always UpstreamJust like a fish, we too must push upstream to achieve our goals and overcome the obstacles that stand in our way. It's not always easy, but just like a fish that never gives up, we can continue to move forward even in the face of adversity. At the FYSH Foundation, we believe in the power of persistence and determination.
Fishing is not just a sport; it's a way of life. It's about taking a moment to connect with nature and reflect on the beauty that surrounds us. It's about the challenge and the reward of catching a fish. But most importantly, it's about the journey. Just like a fish that must fight against the current to reach its destination, we, too, must push ourselves to reach our personal goals.
Through the FYSH Foundation, we aim to inspire others to never give up, to keep pushing forward, and to embrace the journey. Whether you're an experienced angler or just starting, we invite you to join us on this journey upstream. Together, we can make a difference and achieve great things.
Why We Did It!
Fishing is more than just a hobby for us. It’s a way of life. We’ve experienced firsthand the joy, peace, and sense of accomplishment that can be found on the water. We also know that life can be challenging, and that finding those moments of happiness can sometimes feel out of reach.
That’s why we created the FYSH Foundation. We believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to experience the healing power of nature, to feel the support of others, and to find their own version of outdoor independence. Our mission is to provide those opportunities to people who might not otherwise have access to them.
We’re not doing this for recognition or accolades. We’re doing it because we’ve been fortunate enough to experience the positive impact that fishing and other outdoor activities can have on a person’s life. We want to pay it forward, and help others find that same sense of peace, joy, and accomplishment.
"When you're out in nature, it doesn't matter what color your skin is, where you were born, or what your background is. The only thing that matters is your presence in that moment. Whether you're casting a line in a river, hiking a mountain trail, or camping under the stars, the outdoors is a place where you can be yourself without fear of judgment.
But for many people, that feeling of freedom is fleeting. As soon as they leave the outdoors and return to the city, the judgment and prejudices that exist in society come rushing back. It's a painful reminder that the world isn't always as accepting as nature."
Meet The Founder
Lael Johnson, the founder of The F•Y•S•H Foundation, has always been drawn to helping people and found his passion for the outdoors and fishing as a powerful tool for making a positive impact in other people's lives. His background in healthcare and service in the Army Reserves inspired his desire to care for others, regardless of their background or identity.
Through The F•Y•S•H Foundation, Lael aims to create a safe, inclusive space for all and make a lasting impact on the community. His unwavering dedication to the foundation's mission has inspired countless individuals and organizations to join him in supporting his work.