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Join well-known angler, April Vokey, as she partakes in open discussion with some of the most influential people involved in the outdoor/fishing world today. Learn more about their careers, history, relationships, and life both on and off the water. Vokey's no holds barred, face to face format focuses on the 'behind the scenes' of the industry — educating the listener through relaxed conversation, rather than the repetitive questions so commonly asked in interviews. Anchored with April Vokey serves as a preservation of stories and people that may otherwise one day be lost.

Join well-known angler, April Vokey, as she partakes in open discussion with some of the most influential people involved in the outdoor/fishing world today. Learn more about their careers, history, relationships, and life both on and off the water. Vokey's no holds barred, face to face format focuses on the 'behind the scenes' of the industry — educating the listener through relaxed conversation, rather than the repetitive questions so commonly asked in interviews. Anchored with April Vokey serves as a preservation of stories and people that may otherwise one day be lost.
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Join well-known angler, April Vokey, as she partakes in open discussion with some of the most influential people involved in the outdoor/fishing world today. Learn more about their careers, history, relationships, and life both on and off the water. Vokey's no holds barred, face to face format focuses on the 'behind the scenes' of the industry — educating the listener through relaxed conversation, rather than the repetitive questions so commonly asked in interviews. Anchored with April Vokey serves as a preservation of stories and people that may otherwise one day be lost.

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Episodes

Ep. 143: Topher Browne on Barometer, Water Levels, Fly Speed and Tradition

10/11/2019
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For this week’s episode of Anchored, I went back through the archives of a television show I used to host. While sifting through files, I found one of my favourite interviews that never made it to air. It’s a fascinating discussion with author and salmon aficionado Topher Browne. Topher and I discuss how fly size selection relates to the speed of water, how the barometer affects salmon and steelhead, as well as water temperature, DNA, thyroxine levels, and if fish are more likely to bite...

Duration:00:51:43

Ep. 142: Chris Henshaw on Working with Hardy

10/4/2019
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I’m often asked how Anchored came to be. The short answer is that it stemmed from a television series I used to host. Limited airtime meant my interviews were cut into soundbites, leaving some truly wonderful history sitting on the editing floor. This week, I thought it might be time to dig into the archives and share some interviews that took place at a time when I’d never even dreamt about starting a podcast. This episode features Chris Henshaw, a dear family friend and renowned...

Duration:00:45:24

Ep. 141: Nigel Millgate on Aboriginal History

9/27/2019
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Nigel Millgate grew up in the rural community of Dubbo, New South Wales. He’s a proud Karulkiyalu man of the Ngemba Nation, with deep roots to his ancestral lands. For the last ten years, Nigel has worked within indigenous communities across Australia, where he empowers people through culture, education, employment, and youth suicide prevention. He’s also an avid bowhunter who spends the majority of his time outdoors. Recently Nigel invited me to tag along. There were things I couldn’t...

Duration:00:56:56

Ep. 140: Catherine Laflamme and Tim Arsenault on Choosing a Fly Line

9/22/2019
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In this episode of Anchored I’m joined by Catherine Laflamme and Tim Arsenault from Michael and Young Fly Shop to revisit the discussion about choosing a first fly fishing setup. Both Tim and Catherine are accomplished anglers, casters and salespeople, so I thought they’d be perfect to answer questions from a someone who is new to fly fishing. We discuss fly line composition, taper, weight, function, and all the little things many of us just assume to be common knowledge. I hope this helps...

Duration:00:31:38

Ep. 139: Bill Fitzsimmons on Christmas Island, Fly Size, and Catch and Release

9/16/2019
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When John Gierach mentioned Bill Fitzsimmons in “Trout Bum,” he wrote about Bill’s professionalism, skill, and deliberate efforts to avoid the camera. So, naturally, I was delighted when Bill agreed to share more of his story here on Anchored. From Christmas Island in the early 1980s, the early days of fly fishing for tarpon, and owning a fly shop in Basalt, Colorado, Bill knows the fishing industry as much as anyone. Bill and his brother Mark are regulars around my campfire in BC and this...

Duration:01:18:42

Ep. 138: Tyler Kushnir on the Thompson, Competitive Casting and More

9/11/2019
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Tyler Kushnir has been fishing for trout and steelhead since the 1960s. A retired high school teacher and well-known fishing personality, he’s been at the heart of steelhead advocacy for as long as I’ve known him. Tyler put in 18 years of guiding on B.C.'s Haida Gwaii before hanging up his hat and becoming vice president of the Steelhead Society of B.C. Tyler is a skilled float fisherman, though it’s Spey casting that consumes his time these days. A Spey-O-Rama competitor, he won the...

Duration:00:53:39

Ep. 137: Oliver Ngy on Catching Big Fish

8/30/2019
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Oliver Ngy has been fishing since he was a kid. A self-taught angler from Southern California, he learned the values of commitment and dedication at an early age. Since then, Oliver has become a familiar face in the bass scene and is renowned for catching monster fish. In this episode of Anchored, Oliver and I sit down to discuss how he targets big fish, his thoughts on patterning, and how he absolutely schooled me on the water while filming for MeatEater’s new show, Das Boat. Our episode...

Duration:00:34:59

Ep. 136: So You Wanna Be a Fishing Guide?

8/22/2019
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In this episode of Anchored, I thought I would do something a little different. Some of you may remember the five-part series I wrote a while back called “So You Want to be a Fishing Guide?” Almost every day I'm asked how to get into the fishing industry, specifically into the guiding side of things. I thought an audio format would be a great way to address this question—especially since I have a relatively complex answer. With that said, I hope this helps bring some clarity to those who’re...

Duration:00:28:52

Ep. 135: Jason Schratwieser on the Relevancy of the IGFA

8/16/2019
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Jason Schratwieser has been the International Game Fish Association’s director of conservation since 2003. An angler and holder of a master’s degree in marine biology, he passionately oversees the organisation’s conservation-related activities such as collaborative research, fisheries policy and advocacy. Jason was instrumental in the passage of the Billfish Conservation Act of 2012 and is the co-director of the IGFA Great Marlin Race. In this episode of Anchored, Jason and I discuss IGFA’s...

Duration:00:57:06

Ep. 134: Dr. Matthew Muir on Taking Care of Our Outdoor Dogs

8/9/2019
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Dr. Matthew Muir is a veterinarian based out of Sydney, Australia. He began work as a mixed animal general practitioner in Griffith, Australia where he developed skills in surgery, dermatology and nutrition before moving to the United Kingdom where he performed emergency and critical care work at a Royal Veterinary College Hospital. Soon after he began consulting in wellness and internal medicine. Late last year when my dog, Colby, was diagnosed with bone cancer, Matthew and his team helped...

Duration:01:12:54

Ep. 133: Bryan Gregson on Making Photography a Career

8/2/2019
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Bryan Gregson is one of the fishing industry’s most sought-after creative minds. An award-winning adventure sports and documentary photographer and cinematographer, Bryan has been featured in publications and ad campaigns for numerous companies worldwide. His talent speaks for itself, but it’s his incredible work ethic and humility that glows from behind the camera. In this episode of Anchored, I was finally able to get Bryan on the show to share a little about his compelling life and...

Duration:01:01:19

Ep. 132: Joe Simonds on Salt Strong

7/26/2019
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Joe Simonds is a co-founder of Salt Strong, a subscription-based fishing community that focuses on education and creating memories on the water. Joe and his brother, Luke, left their lucrative business in finance to pursue their dreams of starting a fishing company. In this episode of Anchored, Joe and I discuss the hard knocks of starting a fishing business, the perks to being part of a fishing community, the credit card test, and catching snook from a 3rd floor balcony.

Duration:00:57:04

Ep. 131: Darcizzle on "Fishing in Bikinis"

7/16/2019
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Darcie Arahill, also known by her handle Darcizzle, started fishing as a little girl. Based in Florida, she focuses on saltwater species, particularly those found offshore. After quitting her office job, Darcie made the decision to become a full-time angler and YouTuber in hopes she might inspire others to get outdoors. I met with Darcie at her home in Florida to pick her brain about being a female in the fishing industry. Darcie is known for her bikini videos, so I hoped she’d be willing to...

Duration:01:05:01

Ep. 130: Henrik Mortensen on Salmon Fishing

7/4/2019
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Henrik Mortensen is one of the most influential Atlantic salmon anglers in the world. Over the years, Henrik has guided on some of the best salmon rivers on the planet and has taught fishing and casting since the ‘80s. He now runs his own company, Salmologic, which focuses on taking the guesswork out of choosing a fishing outfit. In this episode of Anchored, I meet with Henrik on the Gaula River in Norway to pick his brain about Atlantic salmon and how to catch them. We touch on leader...

Duration:00:51:07

Ep. 129: Rex Hunt on Being an Icon

6/28/2019
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Rex Hunt is Australian fishing royalty. Born in 1949, Rex has lived his seventy years to the fullest as a professional football player, popular television personality, and radio icon. In this episode of Anchored, I meet with Rex at his home on the shores of Port Phillip Bay to discuss his life and career, the ups and downs, and his thoughts about getting more people into fishing.

Duration:00:42:24

Ep. 128: Brian Chan on Stillwater Fishing

6/20/2019
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Brian Chan is a Canadian icon. Biologist, teacher, guide and groundbreaker, Brian is the man behind Interior British Columbia’s trophy stillwater fishery. Brian has dedicated his entire career to better understanding trout behaviour and diet. I’ve been a huge fan of Brian’s for years, so I was ecstatic to have the opportunity to sit down with him to discuss his success with his renowned stocking program, plus his experience with triploids, chironomids, chaoborus, and... boobies.

Duration:01:00:05

Ep. 127: Matt Suzuki on Fly Fishing in Japan

6/17/2019
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Matt Suzuki moved to Canada when he was in his early twenties. Folklore about BC’s fabled steelhead had made its way to him in Tokyo and soon he was, quite literally, doing everything he could to be able to fish for them full-time. In this episode of Anchored, I meet with Matt for a quick visit to discuss Japan’s fly fishing culture, its fishing destinations and his process to becoming a Canadian citizen.

Duration:00:35:19

Ep. 126: Paul Worsteling on IFISH and Drone Fishing

6/6/2019
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Paul Worsteling has been in the fishing business for 30 years. He’s filmed more than 500 episodes of his popular television show, IFISH, and doesn’t show any sign of slowing down. In this episode of Anchored, I meet with Paul at his home near Melbourne to learn more about his rise to fishing fame and his success as a tackle shop owner. We discuss drone fishing, Paul’s incredible story and the hard truths about making a name for yourself in the industry today.

Duration:01:15:58

Ep. 125: Jan Kristensen on Fishing for Tarpon Out of a Float Tube

5/30/2019
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Jan Kristensen has fished all over the world. He grew up in Denmark but moved to Australia after earning his PhD in biotechnology. Ten years ago, he and his friend Daniel Goz set out to film one of the most unique projects ever undertaken in fly fishing: They set up a camp in Nicaragua and fished for large tarpon out of belly boats. They called the film Tapam and it took the fly fishing industry by storm. In this episode of Anchored, Jan and I talk about their film, the advantages and...

Duration:00:47:41

Ep. 124: Jeff Forsee on Becoming a Full-Time Fishing Guide

5/23/2019
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When I think of full-time guides who are doing it right, I think of Jeff Forsee. Jeff epitomizes a good guide: professional, likeable, clever and fishy, but what’s really interesting about Jeff is that he’s living what many people would call “the dream.” An Ohio boy who worked hard to climb the ranks, he now splits his year guiding between Mongolia and New Zealand. In this episode of Anchored, I sit down with Jeff at his home in Wanaka for some casual late-night conversation about how he...

Duration:01:04:56