My name is, Allison Helen Hendricks and I'm based out of St Petersburg, FL. You can find me on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook under my full name. www.monic.com for my web address and firstname.lastname@example.org
When a client joins you, how and where would you fish?
"As for clients for either casting instruction or guide clients, I always take them to the same spot to start. I am a wade fly fishing guide, so we will usually hit between 4-7 areas throughout the day depending on the fishing. I always start everyone out with a casting lesson and then go from there."
When is your best season? What would you fish for?
"Late spring, summer and fall are my favorite times to guide this area. The fish are back up on the flats, hungry and ready to play. I guide for redfish, snook, seatrout, the occasional tarpon and whatever else wants to play during their migration."
You are one lady who has never given up and you have worked hard for what you have going for you today, please share some words of inspiration for the next generation… "For me, the glory in all of this, is to get to live out my dreams everyday and help others achieve the same thing. Being in business as a guide, author and instructor in the industry as a female in this area specifically, can be intimidating. However, the nitch and life that I've created for myself, is unlike anyone else and I'm super proud about that. I've worked hard for this lifestyle and love every single minute of it."
Would you be willing to share your “roots” and the steps you have taken to get to where you are now?
"I didn't start fishing as an adult until my very early 30's, but it hit me hard and I knew it's what I wanted to do that day that I first fished again. So I honestly just started fishing hardcore. I'd fish for 14-15 hrs a day, spend hours along the bays, banks of bayous, rivers and ponds just to watch and learn what the fish were doing at all times. I knew I wanted to change my career path into guiding, but it wasn't until about 3 years into my crazy fishing life that, that happened. I started taking people from my church, then it built into people being referred to me by others and then it just kind of took on a life of it's own."
As for my writing, I actually failed out of writing in college, so I never thought of myself as a writer until one very special day. A large publication contacted me, took me out to a very fancy dinner and wanted to do a story on me. Then after a month, they came back, took me out again and said we've been watching your writing and think that you should write your own story. So I went home that night, booked a photoshoot and banged out a 9 pg article that evening. I guess in a way, I had always wanted to write about this love that I had found, so I am very grateful for any publications I have written for. I usually get something published around every 3-4 months and I love that part of my guide life too. It kinda pulls everything together and lets my true love shine too.
"I'm gonna have to go with a nice gin and tonic or gin martini."
Who is your hero ?
"I'd have to say, that my parents are my hero's. Although we do very different things in life, we are very passionate people who have built lives around exactly what we love. To have professional musicians as parents shaped me into what I am now. The drive, the kind words, the pursuit of what I wanted, has all been linked back to the both of them. They are such amazing and beautiful people and I am always in awe of their achievements."
Why do you guide?
"I'm a guide, because I'm good at it and I love it. There are not a lot of people out there that really understand the love of the water like I do, so to share that passion with others and to get them hooked, is what it's all about."
What is your dream destination?
"My dream destination is here and Texas. I've guided out of both locations and loved every single minute of it. My ultimate goal, is to live in both for 6 months a yr and guide in both areas as well."
As for brands I work with, I'm pretty sticky on who I choose. I've worked with Riverbum for many many years now, same with Monic Fly Lines, and now, Maxxon Outfitters. I choose companies that I can grow with and have the same kind of ideas and drive for the right kind of way to introduce fly fishing to the world. I don't like working with many others because I won't push or sell any product that I don't 100% believe in, so this is why I stick with my 3. They're super supportive also and provide stellar gear to all guides and anyone in the industry.
I think my final words on all of these questions, is this:
I think in anything that you do, you have to love it. I'm very, very fortunate to have found not only my greatest passion so early in life, but to have put it into life as my life and work on a daily basis. I get to travel and fish all over, hang out with some of the most talented people in the industry, write for unreal publications and spend it all where I absolutely love the most......my water. It's my masterpiece and I'm just getting started.
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