Hello and thanks for stopping by. My name is Gioia "Joy-a" Stanley, and I am a self-taught metalsmith and licensed fly fishing guide on the unceded Mi'kmaw territory of Unama'ki (Cape Breton Island).
Growing up in rural Nova Scotia, the outdoors were a passion of mine from a very young age. I spent all of my time outside - fishing, swimming in the ocean, chasing our cattle, and running wild in every sense of the term. I was very privileged to have such a playground at my fingertips.
After a brief stint of working in the city, I moved back to my hometown in search of a simpler and more fulfilling life. It was during this transition that Metal + Mayflies was born.
I started creating art out of metal and my father, a fly angler, took me under his wing and taught me how to hold my own on the river. I quickly found myself to be one of few young women in a very much male-dominated fishing community. I later began guiding as a way to share my passion with others. My heart is especially full when I get to share my love for fly fishing with women who may feel intimidated as I did when I was starting out.
I believe that above anything else, the sport of fly fishing is healing and meditative. It is my goal as a guide to help make angling available to all and to help each and every individual who wishes to participate in the sport feel safe and welcome while doing so.
My metal work is primarily influenced by my adventures in fly fishing as well as the flora & fauna that surrounds me here. Each piece I create tells a story of my rural life here on this little island and how I have rediscovered home.
Thanks for being here,
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