If the spirit of “Aloha” were a person, it would be Amelia. Her kindness, mindfulness, and compassion flows through her and are exemplified through her effort and work as the In House Manager at Rapids Camp Lodge…and oh by the way she also happens to be a bad-ass fly fisher. From Alaska to Hawai’i, The Bahamas, and lots of places in between, Amelia has fished in more places and caught more fish than most. Because of her high level of emotional intelligence, skills, and patience, most believe she should guide. Regardless of her role, we are glad to have Amelia as part of Team Deneki Outdoors. So, get to know Amelia. Mahalo, for reading. Cover Photo Credit: Jeremy Inman.
Deneki Outdoors: DO, Amelia Willson: AW
DO: How did you get involved with the outdoors and fishing?
AW: I’ve always been an outdoorsy person, it’s hard to avoid when you grow up in Hawai’i. I got into fishing when I met my Fiancé, Jeremy. I saw how much joy he got from catching fish and I wanted to be apart of it.
DO: How long have you been working in the fishing industry?
AW: I started becoming involved in the fishing industry 5 years ago, when I began working at lodges in Alaska.
DO: If you lived on a deserted island for the rest of your life, what is one music album would you take?
AW: I’m an island girl, Down in the Valley- by Ekolu.
DO: What is your favorite food?
AW: My favorite food? Noodles, preferably in broth. Pho, ramen, udon, soba, saimin – I love it all.
DO: What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?
AW: I think a lot of people don’t realize how obsessed I am with cats! My life goal is to one day own property on the Big Island of Hawai’i and run my own cat sanctuary.
DO: What is the most important thing you do to get your day started?
AW: I start my day with a big cup of English Breakfast tea, this gets the fuel going.
DO: What did you want to be when you were a kid?
AW: As a child I always wanted to be an actress, I was in every school play. I’m a naturally dramatic and animated person.
DO: What is the worst gift you’ve been given?
AW: Worst gift? I’ve never been given a ‘worst gift’, I appreciate them all!
DO: What superpower would you have and why?
AW: Time control, I’d like to slow down and cherish the good days, bypass the bad moments.
DO: If it’s one skill you wish you could learn what would it be?
AW: I’ve recently had the desire to learn how to make pottery. I want to incorporate a relaxing, creative outlet into my daily routine.
DO: What do you think is the best thing about Rapids Camp Lodge?
AW: I like to believe every aspect of Rapids Camp Lodge is the best, from fishing the prestigious waters of Bristol Bay to stepping off the plane and diving into cocktail hour at our bar!
DO: What do you think are the biggest challenges to the fishing industry will face in the next 5 years?
AW: A big challenge I foresee in the fishing industry is from increased pressure to fisheries brought on by the growing popularity of fishing/fly fishing.
DO: What is makes a successful day of fishing?
AW: The key to a successful day of fishing is the right attitude!
DO: If you had a warning label what would it say?
AW: WARNING: She bites when hangry.
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