Anchored with April Vokey
Anchored with April Vokey
April Vokey
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.
Anchored Podcast Ep. 236: Charles Gaines on Fly Fishing Writing and the Birth of Paintball
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
Jan 30
47 min
Anchored Podcast Ep. 235: Matt Harris on Fly Fishing the World, Media, and the Fish of a Lifetime
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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jan 18
2 hr 25 min
Anchored Podcast Ep. 234: Lucy Bowden on Fishing for Everyone in the UK
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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jan 8
1 hr 10 min
Anchored Podcast Ep. 233: Travis Swartz on Being Hank Patterson
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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Dec 11, 2023
1 hr 21 min
Anchored Podcast Ep. 232: David Zielinski on Cicada Madness
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
Nov 15, 2023
2 hr 17 min
Anchored Podcast Ep. 231: Part Two, Jack Dennis on A River Runs Through It, Rookie Anglers, Money and Evolution in Fly Fishing
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
Oct 18, 2023
59 min
Anchored Podcast Ep. 230: Part One, Jack Dennis on the American Sportsman Show, One Fly, and the Royal Humpy Fly
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
Oct 10, 2023
1 hr 23 min
Anchored Podcast Ep. 229: Jake Jordan on Big Game Fly Fishing, STH Reels and the World Class Angler
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 or via phone at 1-305-872-6060. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 11, 2023
1 hr 29 min
Anchored Podcast Ep. 228: Dec Hogan on a Passion for Steelhead
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
Aug 23, 2023
1 hr 35 min
Anchored Podcast Ep. 227: Johnnie McClure on Fly Fishing the Madison River
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 to unlock the class and its perks now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Aug 14, 2023
1 hr 19 min
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