Annette Hurley grew up in El Dorado, Arkansas playing in the woods daily and going to the Ouachita River every weekend in the summer, water skiing and "cane pole" fishing with her family. Her dad taught her many life lessons, among them how to operate boats and back up trailers. During summers away from college at the Uof A, she was head of water skiing at Camp Sequoya in Bristol, Virginia, also teaching canoeing, sailing and making friends for life from all over the country. Her love of the outdoors led to developing an organic fertilizing business in Little Rock in the early 90's where she called herself "an entre-manure", due to the products used. She sold that business in 2001 and is now a Realtor with Remax Elite.
Fly fishing became a passion in her life during the early '90s after seeing A River Runs Through It. As one of few women who fly fished in the area, her men-friends from the local fly fishing club helped develop her skills and she has an eagerness to always be learning more about the sport. Annette mostly fishes the White River in N. Arkansas and the Little Red River closer to home. In 2016 another fly fisheman introduced her to TMP and from that moment she felt the need to give back to a sport that has given her so much pleasure and peace and an even greater love of nature. After meeting Jess and Laura, Annette became a mentor in 2017. Now she also checks references for TMP which has amazed her that so many other thoughtful, caring and awesome people all across the country have the same need to give back and help these foster kids learn a lifelong sport and learn the lessons of fly fishing that they can apply to everyday life.