Today we’d like to introduce you to Tampa-based guide Allison Hendricks.
Allison has been a big fan of Maxxon Outfitters gear for a long time. If you’re following Maxxon Outfitters on our Facebook or Instagram pages you’re seeing Allison’s impressive catches using Maxxon Double XX rods and SDX Series reels.
Allison often works at night guiding clients along the beaches of Tampa. What does she like best about Maxxon gear? “It just works. My gear gets worked hard but I never have to worry breaking a Maxxon rod. It just keeps going and going.”
This past month Allison was featured in the new book Fifty Women Who Fish by Steve Kantner, published by Wild River Press which celebrates the ladies. It’s an absolutely beautiful book. If you have daughters just getting started in fly fishing you should definitely check it out. Here’s hoping it encourages even more women to take up our favorite sport.
Right now Allison is heading to Wyoming for a summer of guiding trips along the Yellowstone River. She’s living the dream and of course she’s doing it with Maxxon Outfitters gear.
You can find out more about what Allison is doing on her Facebook and Instagram pages.
That’s over $300 of fly fishing awesome and pretty much everything you’ll need to do some great trout fishing this spring.
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Justin and Steve will have some great tips on how to select and make the most of, all our fly fishing and personal watercraft gear. We’ll have a wide selection of gear for you to try and then take home when you find just the right rod, reel or boat to get your fishing season started right.
Plus, Justin will also have the scoop on some exciting new products we’ll be introducing in the next few months.
To celebrate the unofficial National Trout Season Opener Maxxon Outfitters will be giving away a complete fishing rig to one lucky winner. Click here to sign up.
NOTE: Due to a fairly monumental screw-up on our end, we postponed the give-away until April 15th. So if you already signed up and are wondering why you haven’t heard about who won or who lost? That’s why! If you haven’t signed up, well here’s a second chance to get in on a pretty sweet deal. Read on…
I was talking with VP Of Sales Greg Mills after he got back from the NW Fly Tyer & Fly Fishing Expo in Albany, Oregon and he showed me this photo. Meet Tracy Tophooven from StoneflyMaidens.org. She’s just purchased a Maxxon Outfitters XPW-239 and is walking away with pretty much everything she needs for a great day on the water.
Now Greg has been trying to get me to borrow one of these for a while now and I admit I’ve been putting it off. I’ve been a happy confirmed Kayak Angler for many years. But when I saw this picture something clicked for me. You see we have this small property out near Quilcene with a great little lake only about a hundred feet off a dirt road. But that hundred feet may as well be a hundred miles when it’s cold and muddy. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve driven by it thinking I might go fishing for dinner and decided, “Nope” because that hundred feet was just too far because getting the kayak down there would be just too hard. Like they say: so near and yet so far! Well, Greg is right. Here’s the solution!
And another thing. Like many of you, I keep a couple of fishing rigs in the trunk of my car ready to go pretty much all the time–just in case, right? It never occurred to me that I’ve been missing something! This is the boat I can have in the trunk of my car right along with the rest of my gear. This completes my rig!
I’m already thinking of other opportunities to use this boat as summer approaches. For example, we’ve got spaces reserved at several State Campgrounds. And many of them are just a short hike to the ocean or a lake. With the XP-239 we’ll have a lot more flexibility to fish wherever we can hike to and without the hassle of deploying kayaks wherever we go.
They say “one picture is worth a thousand words” and it really is true. Greg’s been trying to tell me what a great idea these boats are but it took this picture to make it clear for me.
I think a lot of other people must be getting the message too because Greg reports that Maxxon Outfitters sold more personal watercraft at the Albany show than ever before.
It’s been crazy busy! Justin had only just gotten back from a product design trip to China (more on that in a few weeks!) and had to immediately jump on another flight for the Lancaster, PA Fly Fishing Show.
So far Greg and Justin have been counting mostly on word of mouth to get the word out about Maxxon Outfitters but what we’re noticing this year is that the word has finally gotten out. People were coming to the show this year just to find us. This was yet another show where we sold all the product we had brought with us.
One reason I know people choose Maxxon gear is because everyone at Maxxon have such a great attitude about fly fishing. Justin designs products that are practical because he has such a curiosity about how to make your life easier out on the water. You talk to him for two minutes and you can hear the enthusiasm and sincerity. He researches the heck out of every rod and reel. So when he talks to someone at a show, the gear literally sells itself.
For example, I’ve been fly fishing since forever and when he first showed me the Traxx System on the SDX Fly Reel, I was, to put it mildly, not all that impressed. But then I thought about it for a while and duuuuuuuuuuuuh, it makes perfect sense. It’s an idea that should have been invented decades ago. But it probably took someone like Justin, who hadn’t been doing the “same ol’ same ol'” for years to come up with it.
There’s only one problem. There isn’t enough Justin to go around. So I’m working on getting Justin and Greg to start doing some short videos that we’ll be posting here and on social media (Youtube, Facebook and Instagram). Some will be on Maxxon Outfitters products, sure. But some might be on fishing techniques, some might be on what new things we’re working on, and some might just be questions people ask us all the time.
The point is that we know we want to connect with more of you like we do at these Shows and this should be a way to do it when we can’t get to your town.
So send us your ideas for videos. Product questions? Fishing techniques? Anything at all.
Hi everybody. My name is JC. You don’t know me, but I help out with the web site and I’ll be chipping in to write some posts when Justin and Greg get too busy. (Right now Justin is at the factory working on designing a new product!)
VP Of Sales Greg Mills and Product Developer Brian Vague invited me out to the Fly Fishing Show in Lynnwood, Washington this past weekend to learn about the products I’ve been seeing every day on the web site. So this was the first time I’ve had a chance to actually see all the Maxxon gear and meet some of the customers.
Now I’ve been fly fishing since I was six, but like many of you I only learned about Maxxon recently. In fact, I gotta confess: I haven’t bought any new gear in years so pretty much the entire show I was that kid in a candy store! So I am not by any means an expert on fishing gear. But I do know fly fishing and here are a couple of observations I have after hanging out at the show for a couple of hours.
First, there is a real attention to detail in Maxxon gear. I know a lot of guys hear about Maxxon because of the great deals, but pretty much every product has at least one feature where you go “Why doesn’t everyone do that?” Like the grommets running along both sides of their boats. Every person I met who was looking for a boat? That’s the first thing they notice. Why doesn’t everyone do that?
The other thing that struck me was how enthusiastic Maxxon customers are about the gear. I met people who had driven literally hundreds of miles to purchase a boat or a rod and a reel. And almost all of that interest is strictly word of mouth–no fancy marketing campaign. Now that’s passion!
I left the show more excited about fly fishing than I have been in a good while. And now I’ve got my eye on an Aurelius #4 (I love the action and the feel of the clear coat.)
Next Stop: Lancaster, PA
The next Maxxon show will be The Fly Fishing Show in Lancaster, PA on March 9 and 10 at the Lancaster County Convention Center. So if you’re in the area, stop by and see Greg and Justin and check out their complete line of fly fishing rods, reels and inflatable boats.