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Sports & Recreation Podcasts

Join renowned angler April Vokey as she explores fishing, hunting, foraging and homesteading through intimate, face-to-face conversations with some of the outdoor world's most influential people. Her intense curiosity drives her to take a behind-the-scenes, vulnerable and honest approach with her guests that often ends up uncovering never-before-heard stories. An Anchored Outdoors production.

Location:

Australia

Description:

Join renowned angler April Vokey as she explores fishing, hunting, foraging and homesteading through intimate, face-to-face conversations with some of the outdoor world's most influential people. Her intense curiosity drives her to take a behind-the-scenes, vulnerable and honest approach with her guests that often ends up uncovering never-before-heard stories. An Anchored Outdoors production.

Language:

English


Episodes

Anchored Podcast Ep. 238: Aaron Goodis on Steelhead, Struggles, and Success in Fly Fishing

2/27/2024
Aaron Goodis's journey with fly fishing began at the tender age of six, igniting a lifelong passion for the sport. While he possesses a comprehensive understanding of various facets of fly fishing, his primary focus lies in chasing Steelhead across the remote and local rivers of British Columbia. From the renowned Dean River to the formidable Thompson, Aaron's quest for these elusive fish is unwavering. Beyond his love for angling, Aaron is a devoted landscape, fly fishing, and adventure photographer based in Vancouver, BC. In this episode of Anchored, we discuss how Aaron got involved in the Spey scene in the early years, his struggle with Crohn’s disease, getting his casting certification, grieving dead river systems, and more. Find Aaron at: His website: www.aarongoodisphoto.com On instagram here. On Facebook at www.facebook.com/aaron.goodis.photography Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:27:12

Anchored Podcast Ep. 237: Andrew Grillos and Louis Cahill on Men’s Mental Health in Fly Fishing

2/18/2024
This week’s episode is a bit of a departure from the norm, but I’m happy to stand behind it nonetheless. When friend and past podcast guest, Louis Cahill, reached out and suggested we sit down together with Andrew Grillos, I knew it was going to be a special conversation. So, in this episode of Anchored, the three of us gathered to discuss a topic that's close to our hearts: men’s mental health in the world of fly fishing. The conversation is admittedly a bit scattered, but I think that adds to its authenticity. Throughout our discussion, we shared personal stories, insights, and reflections on the unique mental health challenges that men in the fly fishing community often face. From the pressures of maintaining a tough exterior to the stigma surrounding seeking help, we covered a lot of ground. But amidst the conversation, there's a clear message that I hope resonates with Anchored listeners: You're not alone. No matter what you're going through, there's always someone out there who's willing to listen and help. Whether it's a friend, a family member, or a professional counselor, reaching out for support is a sign of strength, not weakness. So, as you listen to this episode, I encourage you to reflect on your own mental health journey. And if you find yourself struggling, don't hesitate to reach out for help. You deserve to live a happy and fulfilling life, both on and off the water. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:26:09

Anchored Podcast Ep. 236: Charles Gaines on Fly Fishing Writing and the Birth of Paintball

1/30/2024
Join me for a quick conversation with Charles Gaines, an iconic outdoor writer, and the ingenious creator of paintball. In this episode, we delve deep into the pages of Charles' extraordinary career, exploring his contributions to outdoor literature and the unexpected twist of fate that led to the birth of the worldwide sensation, paintball. From his early days as an outdoor enthusiast to becoming a celebrated author, Charles Gaines' story is a testament to the power of passion and innovation. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:47:39

Anchored Podcast Ep. 235: Matt Harris on Fly Fishing the World, Media, and the Fish of a Lifetime

1/19/2024
Matt Harris is a London-based photographer who started his angling journey at an early age — now at 58, he’s more hooked than ever. Matt's love for fly-fishing has led him on hundreds of extraordinary adventures across the globe, from Russia's Arctic Circle to the Amazon jungle, Australia’s Northern Territories... there’s hardly a fly fishing destination he hasn’t visited. In this episode of the Anchored Podcast, we discuss… everything. From snooty fishing, remote jungle escapades, today’s fishing media, Atlantic salmon in Norway and Russia, even my wedding weekend on the Bulkley ten years ago. We cover it all in this week’s episode and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. You can find Matt’s latest book, "THE FISH OF A LIFETIME,” at https://thefishofalifetime.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:02:25:42

Anchored Podcast Ep. 234: Lucy Bowden on Fishing for Everyone in the UK

1/8/2024
In this episode of Anchored, I had the pleasure of hosting Lucy Bowden, the visionary founder of Fishing For Everyone, established in 2005. Hailing from Britain, Lucy is not just an angling coach but a passionate angler who discovered her love for the sport at the tender age of five. What sets Lucy apart is her unwavering belief that fishing should be accessible to everyone, regardless of age, race, gender, or ability. Her dedication to breaking down barriers and encouraging inclusivity within the angling community is truly inspiring. As a prominent female angler, Lucy has become a beacon for women in the sport, motivating countless individuals to take up fishing. Her founding principle was simple yet profound: to provide everyone with the opportunity to experience the joy of fishing in a safe and supportive environment. We discuss Lucy's remarkable journey, making silly decisions in our twenties, private land, coaching, stillwater fishing in the UK, and the empowering ethos behind Fishing For Everyone. I'd like to take a moment to highlight Skip Morris' latest publication, "Top 12 Nymphs for Trout Streams: How, When, and Where to Fish Them." This exceptional book delves into the realms of fly-fishing and fly-tying, guiding readers through twelve outstanding nymph-flies and offering insights on how to effectively catch trout in creeks, streams, and rivers. Each nymph-fly is accompanied by a vivid color photograph, with Skip Morris providing detailed information on its imitation, purpose, and behavior in the water. Morris doesn't just stop there; he shares invaluable tips on how to fish each fly efficiently, including the optimal depth, the best times for fishing, and various proven fishing methods. The book also includes a section to aid in selecting the right fly for specific conditions and choosing the most effective method for presenting it to trout. For both novices and seasoned pros navigating the intricate world of trout flies, Skip Morris' expert guidance simplifies the process. This book not only informs but also entertains, making it a must-read for anyone passionate about fly-fishing. To explore and enhance your fly-fishing experience, consider checking out the book through this purchase link: Top 12 Nymphs for Trout Streams. https://www.skip-morris-fly-tying.com/top-12-nymphs-for-trout-streams-how-when-and-where-to-fish-them-2nd-edition.html Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:10:42

Anchored Podcast Ep. 233: Travis Swartz on Being Hank Patterson

12/11/2023
Do you remember the first time you saw Hank Patterson on screen? I certainly do. I didn’t know what exactly I was watching, but I was laughing and left wanting more. Travis Swartz’s character, Hank Patterson, is a self-proclaimed world renowned fly fishing guide and instructor who exudes confidence in scenarios he knows very little about. His comedy pokes light-hearted fun at some of the more debatable topics in fly fishing, allowing all of us to make fun of ourselves in some form or another. In this episode of Anchored, Travis and I discuss his life as an actor and producer before turning to fly fishing humour, how the Hank Patterson character came to be, how he approaches comedy in our sport, and the film he and I made close to a decade ago. On that note, I’ll see if I can find an old copy and will post it on my YouTube channel. If you’re not a subscriber, I hope you will be soon! Find me at www.youtube.com/aprilvokey Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:21:52

Anchored Podcast Ep. 232: David Zielinski on Cicada Madness

11/15/2023
Dave Zielinski has fished periodical and annual cicada emergences for decades on waterways in Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio, Michigan, West Virginia, Virginia, and Maryland. He recently released his book, Cicada Madness, which is the first book dedicated to the patterns, techniques, and more importantly, the science of locating the best hatches of these insects. In this episode of Anchored, we learn more about Dave and his passion for these incredible bugs. Be sure to stay tuned for the last half of today’s show, as we’ve included Dave’s awesome presentation that he gave for our members last month. If you haven’t checked out the show on YouTube yet, this is definitely a great episode to watch. You can find my channel by just typing in Anchored with April Vokey. See you there! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:02:17:16

Anchored Podcast Ep. 231: Part Two, Jack Dennis on A River Runs Through It, Rookie Anglers, Money and Evolution in Fly Fishing

10/19/2023
Jack Dennis is a long-time guide, author, television personality, and one of the early pioneers of fly-fishing. In the second part of this two-part episode with Jack, we discuss making money in the fly fishing industry, rookie anglers, the evolution of fly fishing’s accessibility, A River Runs Through It, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:59:02

Anchored Podcast Ep. 230: Part One, Jack Dennis on the American Sportsman Show, One Fly, and the Royal Humpy Fly

10/10/2023
Jack Dennis is a long-time guide, author, television personality, and one of the early pioneers of fly-fishing. In this two-part episode with Jack, we discuss how he got his start in the fly-fishing industry, some of the most famous names in the business, his television series, the annual One Fly competition, his renowned Humpy fly, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:23:55

Anchored Podcast Ep. 229: Jake Jordan on Big Game Fly Fishing, STH Reels and the World Class Angler

9/11/2023
Jake Jordan is a renowned fly-fishing guide and instructor who’s been in the fishing business for over seventy years. Founder of STH Reels and World Class Angler, an early fly shop in the Florida Keys, Jake has been at the forefront of many changes in the big game world. In this episode of Anchored, we discuss how he got his start, fly fishing for tarpon before it became overly popular, fishing for marlin and what makes them special, Mako reels, and more. Reach Jake at http://www.jakejordan.com/ or via phone at 1-305-872-6060. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:28:23

Anchored Podcast Ep. 228: Dec Hogan on a Passion for Steelhead

8/24/2023
Dec has been on my podcast guest list since before I even launched the show. A full-time steelhead guide from the 80’s and the author of one of my favourite books, A Passion for Steelhead, Dec certainly has a story to tell. In this episode of Anchored, we get to know more about Dec—the person—and his life before, during and after guiding. We discuss fishing in the PNW in the 80’s and 90’s, the introduction of Spey rods and lines to America, the toll certain career paths take, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:35:19

Anchored Podcast Ep. 227: Johnnie McClure on Fly Fishing the Madison River

8/15/2023
I first heard of Johnnie McClure when I announced our 2023 member’s trip to Montana. I’d committed to dates that aligned with our filming of Kelly Galloup’s Masterclass for Anchored Outdoors (which I hope most of you are already members of). As word spread through our community, so too did the request that I get Johnnie on the show. Thankfully, I was able to steal an hour with Johnnie once we were off the water. Though Johnnie has fly fished since he was a kid, it wasn’t until 2003 that he began working at the Slide Inn in Montana. He’s since become a guest favourite and is in regular demand for anglers both new and old. In this episode of Anchored, we discuss how he landed in Montana, the ins and outs of fishing the Madison, streamer fishing, colour changes and more. While on the subject of streamers, we’ve just launched our latest class with Kevin Feenstra and it’s one you won’t want to miss. In this 54 chapter class, you’ll learn when, where and how to fish baitfish, as well as how to tie them. If you're ever lost looking in your streamer box, this class will help give you the confidence and knowledge to decide which fly to tie on. More importantly, you'll learn how to fish it. Not all streamers are created equal, and many are designed with different presentation tactics in mind. Use code EarlyBird40 for a hefty 40% discount and mega early bird bonuses, including a free one year membership, which is packed with value, and access to both Kevin’s Baitfish and Mia and Marty Sheppard’s Winter Steelhead classes for life. The coupon is set to expire at the end of the week, so don’t miss out. Visit https://courses.anchoredoutdoors.com/courses/kevin-feenstra-on-baitfish to unlock the class and its perks now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:19:09

Anchored Podcast Ep. 226: Conway Bowman on Staying Young and Fly Fishing for Mako Sharks

7/19/2023
Conway Bowman has been on my list of podcast guests since this show first began. Nine seasons later, it’s finally happened! In this episode of Anchored, I sit down with Conway to learn more about his adventurous lifestyle, how he became known as THE fly fishing guide for mako sharks, why Mako’s may just be the ultimate gamefish and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:18:08

Anchored Podcast Ep. 225: Devin Olsen on Nymph Fishing, History, Temperature Gradients and More

6/21/2023
Devin Olsen has been a member of Fly Fishing Team USA since 2006, winning individual bronze and team silver in the 2015 World Fly Fishing Championships in Bosnia. Once a salmon and steelhead biologist in Joseph, Oregon, Devon is a wealth of knowledge. In this episode of Anchored we discuss how he got in to competitive fly fishing, how it’s structured, and how he used it to become the angler he is today. We discuss nymph specifics, lach fishing, history, temperature gradients, and more. Speaking of nymphs, we’ve also recently added a 12-part series featuring Skip Morris to anchored outdoors.com. Skip’s latest book, Top 12 Nymphs for Trout Streams, How, When, and Where to Fish Them, focuses on fly-fishing and tying flies, guides you through 12 great nymph-flies and how to catch trout on them in creeks, streams, and rivers. Accompanying a color photograph of each fly, Skip shares about each fly—what it imitates, what it's designed to do, what it does do in the water—and then he tells you how to fish it effectively, when it fishes best, how deep in the water to fish it, and offers the different fishing methods that make it catch fish. He describes those methods plainly, so you can go right out and make them work. He even provides a section that helps you select the right fly for specific fishing conditions and choose the best method for presenting that fly to trout. Here's the purchase link: https://www.skip-morris-fly-tying.com/top-12-nymphs-for-trout-streams-how-when-and-where-to-fish-them-2nd-edition.html Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:02:00:01

Anchored Podcast Ep. 224: Al and Gretchen Beatty on Feather Quality, Hairwings, Proportions and History

5/26/2023
Al and Gretchen Beatty have become fan favourites in our Anchored Outdoors membership. Long-time fly tiers, instructors and authors, the duo is a class act who oozes depth, precision and professionalism into everything they do. In this episode of Anchored, I sit down with them to learn more about their personal story, Al’s time working for Whiting Farm, hairwing flies, and tips and tricks that will help all levels of fly tiers. Skip Morris' latest book, Top 12 Nymphs for Trout Streams, How, When, and Where to Fish Them, focuses on fly-fishing and tying flies, guides you through 12 great nymph-flies and how to catch trout on them in creeks, streams, and rivers. Buy it today at https://www.skip-morris-fly-tying.com/top-12-nymphs-for-trout-streams-how-when-and-where-to-fish-them-2nd-edition.html Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:24:01

Anchored Podcast Ep. 223: Karin Miller on Zenkara Fly Fishing, Angles and Innovation

5/5/2023
Karin Miller is the owner of Zen Tenkara, a Colorado company that designs, manufactures and sells Tenkara rods, lines and accessories. In this episode of Anchored, I sit down with Karin to hear more about how the company was founded, how she handles innovation and criticism, angles while fighting fish, Tenkara’s history, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:05:28

Anchored Podcast Ep. 222: Zeb Hogan on National Geographic and Monster Fish

4/24/2023
Dr. Zeb Hogan is a research biologist at the University of Nevada, Reno and the United Nations Convention on Migratory Species Scientific Councilor for Fish. He has a doctoral degree in ecology, was a visiting Fulbright scholar at the Environmental Risk Assessment Program at Thailand’s Chiang Mai University and has served as a World Wildlife Fund Senior Freshwater Fellow. Zeb also hosts the popular National Geographic Wild Television series “Monster Fish.” In this episode of Anchored, I sit down with Zeb to learn more about his studies, his show, and his fascinating experiences with gigantic aquatic species. This episode of Anchored is brought to you by GiantMouse Knives! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:18:13

Anchored Podcast Ep. 221: George Daniel on Growth and Fly Fishing Evolution

4/5/2023
George Daniel has an impressive resume… he started fly fishing when he was a young boy before trying out — and qualifying — for Fly Fishing Team USA. George is a two-time US National Fly Fishing Champion and was ranked as high as 5th in the world. He’s also the author of multiple best selling fly fishing books, as well as the director and lead instructor for the Pennsylvania State University Fly Fishing Program. In this episode of Anchored, we take an inside look at George’s personal life and learn more about how he came to be the seasoned professional he is today. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:22:58

Anchored Podcast Ep. 220: Ann Miller on Hatch Guides and All Things Buggy

3/24/2023
Ann Miller is an aquatic biologist and the author of the popular book, Hatch Guide for Upper Midwest Streams. I’ve been a longtime fan of Ann’s… from her work with entomology to her founding of Fly Girls in 1996. In this episode of Anchored, Ann and I sit down to discuss how her experience in a tricky economy helped to shape her career into what it is today. Join us as we dive into the nitty gritty of some of our favourite bugs and how they relate to us as anglers. Contact MidwestHatches@gmail.com to purchase Ann's book direct. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:33:46

Anchored Podcast Ep. 219: Mike Tayloe of Finns West on Freestone First Aid

3/9/2023
For decades, Mike Tayloe has been involved in pre-hospital emergency care focusing on remote and wilderness medicine. As director of operations and co-founder of Finns West he’s provided remote medical services from Mount Everest to Antarctica. Tayloe guides for several fly fishing outfitters spanning Colorado to Chile. In this episode of Anchored, Tayloe shares how his passion for fishing paired with his profession as a wilderness and remote paramedic to make a business unlike any other in the fly fishing industry Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:18:42