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.
Nanci Morris Lyon and Nelli Williams have been working for over a decade to safeguard Bristol Bay from the Pebble Mine. Nanci owns Bear Trail Lodge on the famed Naknek River, and was one of the first female fishing guides in Alaska. Nelli is the Alaska Director for Trout Unlimited in Anchorage. Both Nanci and Nelli are mothers, avid anglers, and spokespeople for a cause that needs us more than ever. In this episode, I sit down with them to hear why the general public is needed now more than ever.
Chad Brown is a decorated US Navy veteran who struggles with PTSD. A failed suicide attempt led Chad to found a non-profit organization called Soul River Inc. Soul River brings together at-risk youth and veterans who act as mentors. Together they visit threatened wild spaces and embark on mission-driven experiences based around advocacy and outdoor education. In this episode Chad and I discuss his remarkable story, the realities of PTSD, and what it’s like to be a black man in fly fishing.
Brad Salon and Sarah Corrigan own the Roots school in Vermont. They teach a variety of skills, including self-reliance, survival, tracking and naturalist studies. In this episode of Anchored we discuss instinctive shooting, mushroom identification, basketry, foraging and hide tanning.
Elena Joy Thurston is an inspirational speaker and founder of the Pride and Joy Foundation. When she reached out to me to see if we might be able to connect for a podcast, I wasn’t sure how her story linked back to the outdoors. So I tuned in to her TED talk, only to be taken aback when I learned that fly fishing changed her life. In this episode I sit down with Elena and her partner Kristen to discuss the story of how they met, diversity in fly fishing, feeling trapped in the corporate world and more.
John Dietsch is perhaps best known in fishing circles for supervising all of the fly fishing scenes on the OSCAR winning film A River Runs Through It, where he also conceived and executed the famous final fishing scene doubling for actor Brad Pitt by swimming a rapid while playing a fish. In this episode we discuss John’s new book "Graced by Waters" and the healing properties of immersing ourselves in the outdoors, as well as John’s personal journey through loss, scenes in A River Runs Through It and mo
Hank Shaw is a celebrated chef, author and outdoorsman who runs the award-winning website Hunter Angler Gardener Cook. In this episode of Anchored, Hank and I walk through his timeline, stopping along the way to discuss how we age game-birds, our favourite edible weeds, dandelion wine and more.
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Jay Johnson is probably best known for his appearances on The Trout Bum Diaries, GeoBass and, most recently, on the Fish or Die series on Animal Planet. Jay has a complex story, which he shares during this heart-warming episode.
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Jenna McRae is somewhat new to taxidermy, but she is full of passion and talent. Although she has only been practicing for a year and a half, she has a natural ability for the craft and her artistic talent shows in her work. In this episode of Anchored I find the answers to all of my questions, including how to choose a taxidermist, if there any animals Jenna won’t work with, and how to field dress a deer if you want to mount it?
Kimi Werner is one of the most inspiring people I’ve ever met. Born and raised in Hawaii, Kimi’s accomplishments are nothing short of impressive: certified chef, award winning artist, motivational speaker and even the United States National Spearfishing Champion… most recently she’s added “new mother” to that list.
In this episode of Anchored, we discuss spearfishing, hitting rock bottom, swimming with great white sharks, the word “huntress” and more.
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Over the last few years, a surprising amount of troll accounts have emerged on social media platforms. While some are humorous and light-hearted, others thrive on the mistakes and misfortune of others. In this episode, I sit down with the person who runs Copper Plated Sixes, an account that focuses on the fishing and hunting industries. We discuss why he feels the need to run such an account, who’s really behind the posts, where to draw the line and whether or not it’s cowardly to hide behind anonymity.
Erin Block works as a librarian and freelance writer. She is the author of countless articles and 2 books including, The View from Coal Creek and By a Thread. But of course, Erin is more than that, she is an angler, hunter, and forager. In this episode, we dive into Erin’s life and she reveals how she got into fly fishing and hunting for food and why she has chosen to step away from fly fishing.
Brita Fordice started tying flies as a kid. Born and raised in Washington state, she grew up fishing for trout, salmon and steelhead. Brita is an accomplished angler and guide in Puget Sound, where her custom patterns are well-known for their appeal to salmon and cutthroat trout.
In this episode, we geek out on fly-tying and dive into the nitty gritty of material modifications, hook strength, fly tying thread, dying feathers, tip and tricks and more.
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Hoagy Carmichael is a producer, director, author and bamboo rod builder. Growing up as the son of one of America’s most cherished songwriters, Hoagy is no stranger to the pressures of passing on legacies. In 1968, he met bamboo rod builder Edmund Everett Garrison, where he would eventually chronicle the work of one of fly fishing’s greats.
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Keep Them Wet Fishing is a science-based movement that encourages anglers to focus on their fish handling practises while catch-and-release angling.
In this episode of Anchored, I meet up with Dr. Andy Danylchuk and Sascha Clark Danylchuk to discuss the movement they started, and to learn about the data they’ve collected over the last few years.
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Captains For Clean Water started out as a group of fishing guides who were fed up with Florida’s water management practices. The organisation advocates for the elimination of harmful, large-scale freshwater discharges from Lake Okeechobee to the east and west by restoring the natural flow south into the Everglades and Florida Bay.
In this episode of Anchored, I meet with captains Chris Wittman and Daniel Andrews, the founders of CFCW, to try to wrap my head around the issue.
Kirk Deeter is the vice president of media at Trout Unlimited and the editor of TROUT Magazine. He’s also an editor-at-large for Field & Stream and the editor-in-chief of Angling Trade. The workload isn’t new to Kirk—he’s been working in the fly fishing industry since 2000 and is no stranger to the long hours of journalism.
In this episode of Anchored, I meet with Kirk to get the inside scoop on his industry magazine, his thoughts on diversity, and whether we’re loving our fisheries to death.
Daniel Galhardo was born in Brazil, but came to the States as an exchange student, where he fell in love with trout fishing. When Daniel accidentally stumbled on the topic of Tenkara fishing, he was immediately intrigued. Tenkara is an old form of fly-fishing that uses only a rod, line and fly, but no reel.
In this episode of Anchored, we talk about how it’s done, its advantages, disadvantages, and how it compares to other forms of fly fishing.
Josh Niland is quite possibly the hottest chef on the scene right now. Owner of the Saint Peter restaurant and fish butchery in Sydney, he has risen to fame for using of an average 91% of every fish he buys.
In this episode of Anchored, we discuss why fish should be dry-handled and kept away from water, as well as how and why to age fish, the best method to gut them, the differences between farmed and wild-caught fish, and whether fresh fish is really best.
Meredith McCord is a keen angler, professional trip host, and world traveler. Today she holds 180 records through the IGFA, and she shows no signs of slowing down. Meredith has worked her entire career to make it so that she can fish as often as possible.
In the second part of this two-part episode of Anchored, we wrap up Meredith’s timeline and discuss tipping guides, mellowing out, being lonely and the real reason she continues to chase records.
Meredith McCord is a keen angler, professional trip host, and world traveler. Today she holds 180 records through the IGFA, and she shows no signs of slowing down. Meredith has worked her entire career to make it so that she can fish as often as possible.
In Part One of this two-part episode of Anchored, we discuss chasing records, how she got into the fishing industry, and the rumors she’d like to address.
Land Tawney is the President and CEO of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers. The organisation is a non-profit sportsmen's group based in Montana.
In this episode of Anchored, I sit down with Land to get a better understanding of what he and BHA do. We discuss public land, taking action, handling criticism and more!
John Gierach is one of the most iconic fishing writers of all time. Having published 20 books and countless articles, it’s been said that John may be the only fly fishing writer who’s made a decent living at the craft.
In this episode of Anchored, I meet with John for the first time at his home in Colorado. He lets me pick his brain about his upbringing and life as an author, as well as his thoughts on staying passionate about fishing, being a trout bum, climate change, and the use of profanity.
The American Fly Fishing Trade Association is the sole trade organisation for the fly fishing industry. Over the years, AFFTA has worked hard to grow the industry, all while balancing the tricky task of sustainability and diversification.
I meet up with Ben Bulis, the organisation’s president, and Matt Smythe, the communications and membership director. We discuss the size of the industry, overseas manufacturers, guide protection, inclusion, pro deals, and the pink it & shrink it strategy.
Jen Ripple is the owner and editor-in-chief of Dun Magazine, an international women’s fly fishing publication—the first of its kind.
In this episode of Anchored, Jen and I discuss what it’s like to pick up fly fishing later in life, the risks of starting the industry’s first female-only magazine, empowerment, dating people who don’t fish, plus we take a closer look at the fishing-in-bikinis controversy.
Jude Mayall is a chef, industry advisor, and author of the Outback Chef Cookbook. I first learned of Jude while looking for new reading material at the library. I was immediately intrigued by her knowledge and appreciation of Australia’s native ingredients, so I reached out to see if she’d be willing to sit down with me.
In this episode of Anchored, Jude and I discuss the history of native plants and spices, how to use them, and the basics of safe sourcing.
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 relates to the speed of water, how the barometer affects fish, as well as water temperature, DNA, thyroxine levels, and if fish are more likely to bite when the water is rising.
I’m often asked how Anchored came to be. The short answer is that it stemmed from a television series I used to have. Limited airtime meant my interviews were cut into soundbites, leaving some truly wonderful history sitting on the editing floor. 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 week’s episode features Chris Henshaw, a dear family friend and renowned reel-maker from the UK.
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.
In this episode of Anchored, Nigel and I sit down to discuss the indigenous people of Australia, their incredible history, and a little bit of insight on where they are today.
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.
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. In this episode we discuss the early days of saltwater destinations, fly size, and if catch-and-release fishing is selfish.
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.
On a recent road trip up north, I stopped in to see him at Sheraton Lake to see if I could learn a little more of his backstory. In this episode on Anchored, we discuss the Thompson River, competitive casting, and more.
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, he 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 YouTube series, Das Boat.
In this episode of Anchored, I thought I would do something a little different. 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. I hope this helps bring some clarity to those who’re wondering if guiding is a lifestyle they’d like to embrace.
Jason Schratwieser has been the International Game Fish Association’s director of conservation since 2003. In this episode of Anchored, Jason and I discuss IGFA’s history and the controversy that surrounds it. We talk about chasing records, hanging fish, and the work his organization has done to help protect marlin stocks. Finally, we talk about the future of the IGFA and if it has a place in our world today.
Dr. Matthew Muir is a practicing veterinarian based out of Sydney, Australia. Late last year when my dog, Colby, was diagnosed with bone cancer, Matthew and his team helped me determine the best medical plan to manage it. As word about Colby’s illness spread and more people reached out to me with questions about the health of their own dogs, I felt it was best to sit down with Matthew to let him do the talking. Here we discuss cancer prevention and management, diet and nutrition, and more.
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 career.
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.
Darcie Arahill, also known as Darcizzle, started fishing as a little girl. 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.
In this episode of Anchored, I learn more about Darcie as we discuss how her career took off, what her long-term plan is, and her thoughts on the objectification of women, all while sitting through some uncomfortable conversation about if what we wear to go fishing really matters.
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.
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 lengths, water column, fly colour, the AFTM chart and more.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jan Kristensen has fished all over the world. 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, fishing out of belly boats, and Jan’s work as a scientist working with enzymes for biofuels.
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.” In this episode of Anchored, I sit down with Jeff at his home in Wanaka for some casual late-night conversation about how he pulled it all together, what he would do differently, and fishing etiquette everyone should know.
In this episode of Anchored, I spend the evening in my own home discussing fly rods and reels with my husband, Charles. We spend the hour comparing our own experiences working in fly shops, and try to break down what someone just getting into the sport should know about making their first purchase.
We discuss fly rod and reel anatomy, choosing the best outfit for your fishery, and some of the most common questions aspiring fly anglers have about getting started.
Guido Rahr is the president and CEO of the Wild Salmon Centre, an organisation focused on the health of salmonid populations of Canada, Russia, Mongolia and the USA. Guido has helped the Wild Salmon Centre raise over $100 million in grants, develop new scientific research, establish 6 million acres of habitat management designations—and that’s only the start. In this episode of Anchored, Guido and I discuss his path to stewardship, fishing in Russia and Bristol Bay, and snakes.
Rodney Fox was born in 1940 in South Australia. Growing up near water, he quickly developed a passion for swimming, spearfishing and the ocean—and he went on to become the South Australian Spear Fishing Champion at age 22. Exactly one year after he won the championship, he was competing to defend his title when he was attacked by a great white shark and was badly wounded. In this episode, Rodney and I discuss his attack, his role in Jaws, shark conservation and media glamorisation of animal attacks.
Jack Kos is a New Zealand angler who studied law at the University of Canterbury. His fascination with brown trout prompted him to complete his bachelor’s thesis with a focus on the introduction of brown trout to New Zealand, which led him to a PhD thesis on the fishery and the role it has played over the last century. In this episode of Anchored, Jack and I discuss the man behind New Zealand’s famous brown trout, how he forever changed the ecosystem, and how the species adapted to thrive in its
Bob Wyatt is an artist, author and long-time angler based out of New Zealand. Born in Canada, he has been fly fishing since the late ’50s. I met with Bob in New Zealand to discuss his “prey image” theory, trout fishing and the early days of steelhead fly fishing.
Martin Taylor is the CEO of Fish & Game New Zealand, a non-profit organization focused on managing, maintaining and enhancing sportfish, game birds and their habitats. They receive no government or taxpayer money, relying solely on income from fishing and hunting license sales. In this episode of Anchored, I meet with Martin to discuss the sustainability of New Zealand’s trout fisheries, the costs of doing business and whether tourists are loving the country to death.
Spencer Greening (La’goot) is an indigenous scholar from the Tsimshian peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast. His current doctoral research examines the relationship between traditional ecological knowledge, indigenous legal systems and indigenous management of ecosystems in a current context. His work has lead him to be honoured as a Trudeau Scholar, one of Canada’s top academic awards. I met with Spencer to discuss government relations and the complexities of indigenous peoples in Canada today.
Jonathan Jones, also known as Red Beard, has been known to stir the pot. As a relative newcomer to the fishing industry, Jonathan has no problem admitting that he’s here to bring the entertainment. He is tattooed, gold-toothed, cheeky and outspoken. In this episode of Anchored, I sit down with Jonathan to discuss his “why,” Australia’s flats fishing and state of the fly fishing culture down under.
Whitney Gould is a Spey casting instructor and a six-time Spey-O-Rama casting champion. She is a full-time fishing guide who started guiding in Alaska before adding Oregon, California and Montana to her resume. This winter, Whitney and I met up for lunch in Montana, but decided to sit down for a last minute podcast. In this episode of Anchored, Whitney and I talk about her upbringing, her entrance into the fly-fishing industry, Spey casting and trout fishing in Montana.
Brett Seng is one of my favourite outdoor photographers. Over the years, Brett has been a fishing guide, a consultant to hunting companies and created the ShuttleSnap app. In this episode of Anchored, Brett and I talk about his career choices, inspiration in the outdoors, and the modern-day pressures of killing animals and catching fish for public accolades.
Tom Bie founded The Drake Magazine in 1998 and he has grown it to be one of the most respected magazines in the industry. With some of the finest fishing writers, it’s not hard to see why. In this episode of Anchored, I sit down with Tom to learn more about the evolution of his career, how he’s managed to keep his privacy while growing The Drake as a brand, and his infamous Drake forum board.
Jim Klug is the founder and CEO of Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures, a travel company that arranges fly-fishing trips to lodges around the globe. In this episode of Anchored, Jim and I talk about being a booking agent in the fishing industry, how to deal with upset clients, and the importance of staying up to date on the legislation and policies that impact the places we love.
Roy Henry Vickers is a Grammy Award-nominated, Canadian First Nations artist. Roy is one of Canada’s most revered artists—his work can be found in the Vancouver Airport and galleries around the world. In this episode of Anchored, Roy and I discuss culture and history, and the story of how he got to where he is today. We take a deeper look at our connection with nature, reflect on a dark part of Canada’s history, and explore the desire to be our best selves.
Sam Lungren grew up on Whidbey Island in Washington's Puget Sound. He spent summers working aboard an Alaskan commercial salmon seiner while studying journalism in college.
Sam spent the last five years as the editor of Backcountry Journal, and recently joined the MeatEater editorial team as a writer and editor with an emphasis on fishing and conservation. In this episode of Anchored, Sam and I sit down to discuss commercial fishing, eating fish, and the harsh realities of catch and release fishing.
Whitney Milhoan is the executive director of Casting for Recovery, a non-profit organization that provides healing outdoor retreats for women with breast cancer. In this episode of Anchored, I meet with Whitney to discuss why fly fishing is beneficial for women with breast cancer and to learn more about how people can get involved. I’ll post a donation link in the podcast description with the hope that we can help Casting for Recovery reach more women with your support.
On this episode of Anchored I reach out to past guests of the show to ask them your questions! I speak with Amy Hazel, Simon Gawesworth,George Cook, Andy Danylchuk, Scott Baker McGarva, John McMillan and Jerry Darkesabout some subjects you wanted to know more about.
We discuss what it's like owning a fly shop when fish stocks are declining, fly size, sink tip depth, how to rig a Spey rod, fly fishing for carp, and a follow up on the 2016/2017 Keep 'Em Wet study.
Josh Hutchins grew up beside the mountain streams of Sydney, Australia, fishing for trout and anything else he could cast a hook toward. Since then, he has fly fished in more than 30 countries and started his own guiding and travel business, Aussie Fly Fisher.
In this episode of Anchored, Josh and I discuss Murray cod, Glorious Bastards and the impacts of social media on today’s generation of anglers.
Ryan Callaghan is more than just a moustache. I first met Ryan when he was working for First Lite as their director of conservation and I was immediately drawn to his authenticity. As a longtime hunter, angler, and competent outdoorsman, he has seen just about everything.
In this episode of Anchored, Ryan and I discuss a little bit of his family history, the basics of the public land campaign, and CWD in deer.
You’ve probably seen Geoff Mueller’s name printed below a thought-provoking essay somewhere in a magazine or industry publication, but what you might not realise is that Geoff’s influence stems far beyond his own articles. Geoff is the senior editor of The Drake magazine and is a copy-writer for over a dozen brands you’ve most likely heard of.
You’ve probably seen Geoff Mueller’s name below a thought-provoking essay in a magazine or industry publication. Geoff is the senior editor of The Drake magazine and is a copy-writer for over a dozen popular brands.
In this episode of Anchored I sit down with Geoff to discuss how he got involved in the industry, pushing people’s buttons and if we’re loving our rivers to death.
Camille Egdorf was born into a fishing family. At only six months old, she was accompanying her parents to their family lodge in Alaska where she eventually guided. Today, Camille lives in Montana and works at Yellow Dog where she is their Alaska and Christmas Island program director.
I met with Camille in Bozeman to discuss the rise of her career, growing up in Alaska, and how she decided to start guiding.
Rodney Hsu started the Fishing With Rod website in 2001. It’s purpose was to serve as an online fishing resource for anglers throughout British Columbia, though today, Rodney’s popular fishing videos rank his channel as the most watched sport fishing channel in Canada.
In this episode of Anchored I meet with Rodney and co-host Kitty Kanhoffen to discuss getting children into fishing, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, and managing public pressure.
Eva Shockey is one of hunting’s most recognised names. Born in British Columbia, Eva grew up in a hunting family before making the decision to dive headfirst into the hunting industry at the age of twenty. Today she lives in Raleigh, North Carolina where she balances her career, motherhood and marriage.
In this episode of Anchored, I sit down with Eva to discuss her first hunting trip, hunting with cameras, and online bullies.
Scott Fly Rods was started in a San Fransisco basement in 1973. As a teenager, Jim Bartschi used to spend his time pestering Harry Wilson, the company’s founder, with questions until he was eventually offered a job. The position was a success — to date, Jim is the company’s president and rod designer.
Roland Martin is one of the most successful bass fishermen of our time. Roland’s ability to read water began at a very early age, eventually achieving him multiple tournaments wins and three Hall of Fame inductions. He is the host of the Fishing with Roland Martin series and was one of the first bass anglers to promote catch and release fishing in the 70’s.
Bucky Buchstaber is the founder and executive director of the Fly Fishing Collaborative, an organisation that raises money to provide sustainable aquaponics farms for communities that are at a high risk of sex-trafficking. I had many questions about how the operation works, so I sat down with Bucky in Oregon to ask him exactly what the Fly Fishing Collaborative does.
On last week’s episode of Anchored I sat down with Tom Brown III to ask him about his philosophies and stalking tactics. This week he and I continue our conversation, plus we discuss footwear, fire starting, foraging, tanning hides, and more!
Tom Brown III is one of the most incredible people I have ever met. Not only is Tom an avid angler and hunter, but he is a longtime practitioner and teacher of wilderness survival, tracking and observation. I met with Tom in Oregon to ask him about his philosophies and stalking tactics, but I quickly realized that I was going to need a lot more time with him.
Hilary Hutcheson is an inspiration. Shop owner, guide, mother, and brand ambassador, Hilary’s introduction to fly-fishing happened quite by mistake — and thank goodness it did. In this episode of Anchored, I sit down with Hilary to discuss her upbringing, climate change, and being a fishing mom.
Hanging marlin is one of the most controversial topics in the angling world. In this episode of Anchored I sit down with renowned marlin captain, Dean Butler, and Exmouth guide, Jono Shales, to hear their very different opinions on the matter.
When Jono Shales decided to start life over again, he had no idea he would land in one of the world’s most impressive saltwater fisheries. Now, as a guide in Exmouth, Jono spends his days figuring out the patterns of permit, queenfish, milkfish, billfish and countless other species off Australia’s west-coast. I met with Jono for an expected visit at his home, and was thrilled to have an opportunity to pick his brain and learn more about him and his findings.
Rob Sitch is certainly one of the most unique fly-fishermen I’ve ever met. A Doctor, comedian, director and actor, his television series, A River Somewhere, took Australia by storm. Twenty years later, his show is still regarded as one of the most ground-breaking fly-fishing programs to ever hit the air. I sat down with Rob at his production house in Victoria, Australia to hear more about his inspiration for the series.
Tom Rowland is probably best known today as host of the television series, Saltwater Experience, and the Tom Rowland Podcast — but Tom has a deeply rooted career in the fly-fishing industry, starting as a guide in Wyoming before moving to guide in the Florida Keys. In this episode of Anchored, I sit down with Tom to learn more about his past, and to discuss tournaments, television, and more.
Jim Shockey is a hunting icon. As a longtime outfitter, writer, television personality, and spokesperson, Jim has spent his fair share of time outdoors. I met with Jim at the Hand of Man museum to hear his story, and to ask him some questions about public land, high fences, and today’s modern hunter.
Oliver White has one of the most inspirational stories I’ve ever heard. As owner of Abaco Lodge in the Bahamas, he didn’t just accidentally land there. In this episode of Anchored, I sit down with Oliver to learn more about how he got to where he is today.
Cam Hanes is one of the outdoor industry’s most influential leaders. An outdoorsman at an early age, Cam fine-tuned his archery skills until he was an accomplished bowhunter and outdoor writer. I had heard Cam speak about his respect for the animals he pursues, and I was curious to hear the story about how he became the hunter he is today.
Jako Lucas has guided just about everywhere. From the Seychelles, Mongolia, Norway, and Zambia, Jako’s even had years when he spent 320 days on the water. As founder of Captain Jack Films, the aspiring filmmaker made his mark over a decade ago by producing some of the most captivating films ever made about our sport.
Ed Rice was meant to be in show business. From television to trade shows, he founded the International Sportsmen’s Expo in 1975 and ran it for twenty-three years. The show was the first of its kind and was responsible for the collaboration and networking of some of our sports most dynamic industry leaders.
Brian Niska has done a lot in his forty-five years. A Federation of Fly-Fishers master caster and THCI certified instructor, he is the creator of the Metal Detector series from Pieroway Rod Company. In 2000 he started Whistler Fly Fishing, a school, shop and outfitting company that catered to everyone, particularly the younger generation of fly-fishers who had for so long been ignored. Today Brian and his wife Lizzy run Skeena Spey lodge in Terrace, BC.
Former Olympic downhill skier, Andy Mill, is widely regarded as one of the best tarpon fly fishermen in the world — looking at the amount of tournament wins he has under his belt, it’s easy to see why. In this episode of Anchored I sit down with Andy in his first ever podcast to discuss tarpon fishing, drag settings and bow-hunting.
Orvis has been a leader in the fly-fishing industry for what seems like eternity. Recently they launched their 50/50 On the Water campaign, an initiative with the goal of seeing more women on the water. From women-specific gear development to education & adventure experiences, nonprofit partnerships to women-centric storytelling, the campaign has been a hot topic lately. I met Christine Atkins and Jackie Kutzer, the gals behind it, to ask the uncomfortable questions.
Bob Hooton is one of Canada’s most informed and long-standing steelhead advocates. As a BC government fish biologist, he spent almost 40 years in office fighting to save our fisheries. Recently Bob has published another book titled Days of River’s Past. In this episode we discuss Bob’s career, his books, and where our fishery is headed today. You can find Bob’s book at the BC Federation of Fly Fishers here, where all proceeds will be donated to the organisation and steelhead related project
Justin Duggan has brought fly-fishing to thousands of anglers across the world through regular radio, TV and magazine appearances, fly-casting schools, and one on one tuition — and that’s without factoring in his guiding career. Justin has been guiding in Sydney almost seven days a week for close to twenty years and has witnessed more angling skills and errors than we could fit into one episode. I fish with Justin often and thought it was about time to sit him down and pick his brain here on Anchore
Joe Brooks. The man has always been somewhat of a mythical figure to me, so when I had the opportunity to sit down with his great nephew to discuss a recent documentary they were making about him, I jumped at the opportunity. In this episode, we discuss Joe’s life leading up to his career as an angler, and we breakdown his timeline from start to finish — I hope you enjoy this special sneak peak into Joe’s life, here on Anchored.
Per Arenberg splits his year between Norway and the USA. A passionate and longtime angler & entrepreneur, Per oversees the management and operations of the Norwegian Flyfishers Club. He has taken an active role and responsibility for continuing the NFC’s conservation work of not only the Gaula River, but wild salmon throughout its range. During my last visit to the NFC, I was able to sit down with Per for a brief discussion on the club and fishing in Norway.
Felix Borenstein owns and operates Owen River Lodge. Located in the south island of New Zealand, the lodge is perfectly positioned to maximise trout fishing opportunities. A regular client at his lodge, I sat down with him one morning to learn more about Felix’s journey from IT professional to lodge extraordinaire.
This episode is brought to you by the Appalachian Mountain Club. You can find Felix at email@example.com
Tommy Aarkvisla is a world champion Spey caster and all around nice guy. Hailing from Norway, Tommy kindly made time to sit with me during 2017’s Spey-O-Rama. In this episode we discuss competition casting and Tommy’s entrance into the Spey world.
Juliet Cohen is the executive director for the Chattahoochee Riverkeeper. Chattahoochee Riverkeeper is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting and preserving the Chattahoochee River - as well as its lakes and tributaries - for the people, fish and wildlife that depend upon them. I met up with Juliet for a quick discussion about the river and its current situation.
Mark Bachmann owns The Fly Fishing Shop in Welches Oregon, one of the most famous fly shops on the west-coast. He started it in 1981 and has been an industry leader since. I met up with Mark at his shop to see if I could share the story of one of America’s most valuable retailers, but what I learned was the story of a man who is much more than just a successful entrepreneur.
Miles Nolte is a writer based out of Montana. He is also a guide, teacher, and the fly-fishing editor at Gray’s Sporting Journal. I’ve been a fan of Miles since reading his brilliant book, The Alaska Chronicles, and I was eager to hear more about how he came to be the writer he is today. I met up with Miles in New Zealand where we discussed writing, guiding, and fly-fishing films.
Lacey Kelly is a fishing and hunting guide based out of Florida. A dear and longtime friend of mine, she has been a part of my bowhunting journey from day one. Not only did I accompany her on my first hunt, but she even gave me my first bow! She’s a wealth of knowledge and I was excited to learn more about her upbringing and how she became the skilled outdoors woman she is today. I was able to grab Lacey for a quick interview while at iCast in Orlando.
Carter Andrews is Mr. Personality, but he is also one of the most talented anglers in the fishing industry. A jack of all trades, Carter is well-versed with both fly and conventional gear, and he has put in his time as a guide, lodge owner, television host, and world-traveled angler. I met up with Carter in Florida to see if I might be able to capture his story here on Anchored.
Jeff Mishler is the man behind the camera who gets the job done. As the producer of the popular Skagit Master series, he has been a major influencer in the fly-fishing industry. I met with Jeff at his home in Oregon to hear his story, and to learn more about Skagit Master’s behind the scenes.
The Seychelles is undeniably one of the most spectacular destinations on the planet. When you pair up its incredible fish species with one of the most beautiful and remote lodges in fly-fishing, it’s world-class. This April I met up with Devan Van Der Merwe from Alphonse Fishing Company. With nine years managerial experience at Alphonse, he has played an important role in the atoll’s development...
Tom Pero is the man behind Wild River Press, a publishing house that has produced some of the best fishing books of our time. Tom is an avid steelhead angler who lives in Washington State, so naturally when I was there a couple of summers ago, I simply had to meet up with him. In this episode of Anchored we discuss the magazine world, struggles as a publisher, and catch and release fishing.