April Vokey shared her take on a bunch of topics around fly fishing including women in fly fishing, the #metoo movement and she shares a big change in her life and business that’s upcoming this year.

April is also the host of the Anchored Podcast, has guided for years and has made a successful business out of fly fishing.  I love hearing her stories in this one and some big things upcoming in her world.


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Show Notes with April Vokey

10:08 – Bob Hooton wrote two big books on steelhead and conservation in BC.  Days of Rivers Past is one of the big books.

14:50 – You can find April singing songs on the river.  She noted Corinne Bailey Rae as someone she follows now as part of her singing passion.  See below to a music video clip.

17:08 – Dave was her first mentor and a guy you helped give April a good start to her fishing journey.

20:38 – I noted the Steve Duda interview from the FlyFish Journal where we discussed women in fly fishing among other things.

21:08 – The Orvis 50 50 Initiative is a topic we talk about as April has an opinion big time on this.  Here’s a clip of the commercial that we talk about that April noted we should watch and read the comments.

27:38 – The #metoo movement and April’s take on it.

35:31 – April is the host of Anchored, one of the best podcast on itunes.

37:33 – The World Fishing Network has the rights to one of April’s big TV show series.  Here’s the link for the show Shorelines with April Vokey.

39:28 – Haig Brown was a huge influence for April and even went to a point where April walked in Haig’s footsteps on the rivers he fished.

41:08 – The Donald Trump Jr. episode on the Anchored podcast and was the least listened to episode of her show.

41:35 – The Dec Hogan episode was the most listened to episode to date for my show.  Here is a link to the show.


42:55 – I talked about episode 28 with Barney Wong where we discussed different sinking rates for spey lines.

45:33 – April recommends Al Buhr’s book for two handed casting.

46:18 – RIO’s Modern Spey Casting as presented my Simon Gawesworth helped many get started.

49:41 – Skagit Master as noted by James Millard in episode 29 was huge helping him and 100’s of others to get started.  Here’s a link to the dvd’s.

55:24 – The Lady Caroline is April’s goto steelhead fly.  Here’s a pic form Deneki.

1:09:38 – We talk about April’s 60 minutes episode and how great they were to work with.

1:14:56 – Why smart people use poor language.  Here’s a random article that talks to this a little bit.


You can reach April at AprilVokey.com or see her podcast Anchored here.


Conservation Podcasts

I just recently interviewed Pete McBride here where we focused on the Grand Canyon and the big conservations issues there.  Pete walked 750 miles of the Grand Canyon to raise awareness for development and impacts on the canyon.

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Kanab Point – Grand Canyon overlook Monsoon storm.


Resources mentioned in this Episode

Two-Handed Fly Casting: Spey Casting Techniques by Al Buhr

RIO’s Modern Spey Casting by Simon Gawesworth

Skagit Master Set – Howell, Ward, Mishler


Here’s a link to a Corinne Bailey Ray Song:


April noted Haig Brown as a Big Influence:



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Conclusion with April Vokey

I think I’m going to have to listen to this one again!  From New Zealand, to meditation to her episode on 60 minutes.  We pretty much cover it all including a few great steelhead tips and the Orvis 50 50 Movement.  Her take might surprise you.

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  1. Fantastic job Dave… and April!! Really enjoyed your interview and love how April can be so transparent and make you think from a different angle, especially with the #metoo topic!!

    • Thanks for the comment Ryan. I totally agree, April surprised me a bit in the show. I think she has a very unique perspective on these topics especially from a female perspective. I hope to have more influential woman on the show this year. Check back anytime if you have other feedback for potential guests or questions for upcoming guests.