Join renowned angler April Vokey as she shares the world of fishing through intimate, face-to-face conversations with some of the sport’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. Part of MeatEater, Inc.
Ep. 126: Paul Worsteling on IFISH and Drone Fishing
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.
Ep. 125: Jan Kristensen on Fishing for Tarpon Out of a Float Tube
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.
Ep. 124: Jeff Forsee on Becoming a Full-Time Fishing Guide
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.
Ep. 118: Martin Taylor on New Zealand Fish and Game
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.
Ep. 117: Spencer Greening on Indigenous Management of Ecosystems
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.
Ep. 115: Whitney Gould on Spey Casting and Trout Fishing
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.
Ep. 111: Roy Henry Vickers on Art, Culture and Humanity
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.
Ep. 107: Josh Hutchins on Social Media, Fishing Australia
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.
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 & Kitty Kanhoffen - The Next Generation
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 - Life in Montana, Climate Change, Outdoor Parenting
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Fanny Krieger is an extraordinary woman. On a trip to California, I met with Fanny at her San Fransisco home to see if I could learn more about her. I knew she was the widow of famed fly-fisherman, Mel Krieger, and that I’d gain a better insight into her life with him in fly-fishing, but I had no idea just how heart-wrenching the rest of her story is. I’ll let her tell you herself here on Anchored.
Larry Solomon is one of my favourite people on this planet. In 1977 he wrote “The Caddis and the Angler”, the first book ever written specifically to educate the angler about caddis flies and how to fish them. A stickler to detail, Larry is a wealth of knowledge and a genuine pleasure to spend time with. I met with Larry at his home in New York where he shared some of the history behind his book, and gave me a quick lesson on entomology.
Russell Chatham is a world-renowned artist best know for his water colour paintings. An avid fly-fisher and hunter, it was inevitable that he would end up spending a major chunk of his life in Montana where he further attached himself to the outdoors. In this episode, I meet with Russ in San Fransisco where we discuss his past, his fame, and some honest truths about his life behind closed doors.
Bill Bakke is a proud Oregonian who has been involved in fish conservation for over 40 years. Not only is Bill a writer and active voice in the media, he is also the founder of the Native Fish Society, a regional organization focused on the protection and restoration of native fish in the northwestern United States. Last summer I met with Bill at his home in Oregon...
Corley Kenna - Patagonia, Public Land, National Monuments
Corley Kenna is the senior director for communications at Patagonia. I met with Corley in California to see if I could learn more about the definition of public land, national monuments, and parks. In this episode, Corley elaborates on the Bear’s Ears national monument, Patagonia’s current campaigns, and how we can help to make a difference.
It’s likely that Donald Trump Jr. needs no introduction. This June I had the opportunity to meet with Donald in New York City to find out more about his upbringing, passion for the outdoors, and — albeit brief — his stance on public land. While this show has never been about people’s fathers, political conversation was also off the table, but my curiosity was not, and so I headed up the gold Trump Tower elevator to see what I might learn about the man the media has so much to say about.
The Allen’s name is synonymous with the Kispiox Valley. Known for their long-standing history with the wilderness and one of BC’s most special steelhead fisheries, they’re just as well-known for their angling skill, conservation efforts, and “to the point” discussion. I sat down with Gene Allen at Bear Claw Lodge on the Kispiox River to learn about his upbringing, bucking horses, and how he got into fishing.
Dr Aaron Adams is the director of science and conservation for the Bonefish and Tarpon Trust. Author of three books and a contributor to many more, he is someone I’ve been eager to have on the show for quite some time. I met with Aaron in Florida to see if I could pick his brain about saltwater science. In this episode we discuss interesting facts about bonefish, permit and tarpon, and I quickly realize why Aaron’s job is so consuming.
Ian Ricketts is an avid fly-fisherman who just happens to be the vice-president of Ocean Brands: a Richmond, BC based marketer of canned wild salmon and tuna. Ocean Brands owns Oceans Tuna and Goldseal Salmon — two brands many of us have grown up with. In this episode of Anchored, Ian and I discuss the commercial tuna industry, and Ian explains Ocean’s strategy and steps towards more responsible practices.
Keith Rose-Innes has explored some of the most remote corners of the globe. From South Africa, to Russia, to the Seychelles — as a young adventurer, to guide, to lodge owner… Keith has worn many shoes in the fly-fishing industry. I sat down with Keith in the Seychelles to hear his story, and to see if I could learn more about the piracy issues that once plagued his operation.
Steven Rinella is an avid angler, hunter, and all-round outdoorsman. Author of five books, host of the popular tv series, MeatEater, and fellow podcaster, Steven is a man with much to say. I met with him at his home in Washington in hopes that I might be able to partake in some thought-provoking conversation. He didn’t disappoint…
Ted Juracsik of Tibor reels has a truly remarkable story. I met with Ted when I was in Florida, half expecting to hear the tale of a tool-and-die maker turned reel-maker who fell into the industry after falling in love with the sport. Never did I expect to uncover such a unique and inspiring history...
Dylan Tomine is an author, father, and straight-shooter when it comes to conservation and doing what is right. Two summers ago I met with him at his house on Bainbridge Island to see if I might be able to get some thought-provoking conversation about wild steelhead...
There’s more to Les Stroud than one might think. Survivorman, musician, film-maker, guide, outdoorsman, entrepreneur... he’s a man of many talents. In this episode, I meet with Les to hear the story about his famous television series, and to pick his brain about living in the great outdoors.
Nicole Darland started Xclusive Xpeditions, a luxury destination company, in 2003. She went on to cohost the Fly Fisherman TV series on the Sportsman Channel, and has been featured in various other films and magazines. Today she is the vice-president of marketing and brand development for Edge rods and North Fork Composites. To top it all off, she is also the mother of three beautiful little boys.
Nick Bowles moved to Dubai from South Africa to chase love… What he didn’t expect to find there was an untapped fishery and remarkable life-change. Nick is the owner of Ocean Active charters. Though they operate out of several locations, it was his Dubai fishery that I was scheduled to experience during my trip there in April. I met with Nick at his house and hoped he might answer some of the many questions I had about his newfound home.
Pete Humphreys - Truly Breaking Down the Spey Cast
Pete Humphreys moved to Michigan from England over 20 years ago. With him, he brought a passion for fishing and, eventually, an interest in Spey casting. He has achieved his MCI and THCI through the Federation of Fly Fishers, and is one of the few people in the Great Lakes region who has such accreditation. In this episode of Anchored, I meet up with Pete in his cabin on the Muskegon river to learn how he came to be such an accomplished caster — and to analyze the Spey cast.
Chico Fernandez - Cuba ("On the Fly" Short Series)
Chico Fernandez is one of the most charismatic people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. A saltwater fly fishing pioneer, he was the first fly fisher in Cuba, and after he and his family immigrated to the United States, he continued his legacy in Florida — where he remains to this day. Chico is a jazz lover, a writer, and a romantic. I was able to steal him for a quick visit in the corner of the iCast lobby to learn a little more about the famous name I've heard about for so many years.
Adam Greentree is the most famous bow-hunter in Australia. He’d pinch me if he heard me say that, but there are just some things that are undeniable. Adam spends more time in the Australian bush than anyone I know — to call his camp and lifestyle inspirational would be an understatement… they’re life-changing.
Ted Niemeyer was one of the most skilled fly tiers the fly-fishing world had ever seen. A pioneer of realistic fly patterns, Ted was gentle to the core, so when he kindly welcomed me into his Washington home to share an afternoon of discussion, I was delighted. I am sad to say that we lost Ted last year, and with his passing we’ve said goodbye to one of the last true gentlemen we had in this sport.
Louis Cahill is one of the most captivating people I have ever met. I first heard of Louis when his photography popped up in the fly fishing scene — there was no denying that the man has talent. He then went on to start the popular website, Gink and Gasoline, and the rest is history. In this episode of Anchored I sit down with Louis to see if I can put a voice to the man who usually speaks to us through text and photographs.
It’s not every day you get to interview your best friend. In this episode of Anchored, I sit down with Adrienne Comeau: steelhead guide, photographer, Spey-caster, and fly-tier extraordinaire. We sit down in her small cabin on the Skeena river to discuss some subjects that are commonly swept under the rug.
Mark Johnstad grew up in Montana with a fly rod in his hand. He first travelled to Mongolia in 1991, where he lived for several years to help establish the protected area — he has been back almost every year since. Mark is at the forefront of taimen conservation, and he helped found Mongolia River Outfitters: a community and environmental driven organization that uses fly-fishing to bring support to the fishery.
Dr. Andy Danylchuk is a professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, a passionate angler, and a fellow fly fishing ambassador for Patagonia clothing. His work covers both marine and freshwater systems, with a primary focus on stress physiology, behavioural ecology, spatial ecology, predator-prey interactions, and adaptations in life history as a response to disturbance...
David Folkerts is the chief operations officer at Project Healing Waters. He first joined the army in 1999 with the Nebraska Army National Guard, and in 2005 he was deployed to Iraq where he suffered a devastating injury that changed his life. In this episode David speaks with me about his experience as an injured veteran, and shares how he became involved with Project Healing Waters.
Bob Clay is an authority in the world of bamboo two-handed, or Spey, rods. As a retired guide and passionate angler, he lives off the grid on the world-famous Kispiox river, where he spends his days simply and happily. As a huge fan of Bob’s, I was excited to meet with him at his home in northern BC to see if I could hear more about how he came to build his life and his world-famous rods.
Shannon McPhail is the sort of woman you want on your team. Born and raised in Northern BC, the Skeena river runs through her backyard and her bloodline, making her one of the most passionate and knowledgable activists I’ve met. Shannon is the executive director for the Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition and is at the forefront of speaking up against the latest approved LNG plant proposed to go on Lelu Island — the Skeena’s estuary and Canada's most important wild salmon habitat.
Gary Loomis is so much more than just a name printed on a rod. Gary has been at the core of the fishing industry for over fifty years, and is still going strong. As the previous founder and owner of G. Loomis, running a successful rod company isn’t new to him, and Edge, his latest company, is forging full-steam ahead. I met with Gary at his home in Woodland to see if I could learn more about the man I knew so little about. His story blew me away.
In today’s world of technology and social media there are few kept secrets when it comes to fly-fishing destinations, but there is one that is relatively unknown to most of the population outside of Australia. I first heard of the Murray cod only...
Wil Flack is the only Belizean-Canadian I know. Guide, retailer, product developer... he's the guy from the catalogues who has the permit tattoos on his neck, and is the same man who came up with the cloud camo shirts so many flats guides are wearing these days. I met up with Wil in Belize for a quick chat before he had to go out on a charter. In this episode we talk about the struggles of permit and tarpon fishing.
The Wooldridge family has been making boats for over 100 hundred years! Admittedly a Wooldridge fan since my days of guiding on the Fraser river for salmon and sturgeon, I was excited to have Grant on the show to share his family’s story, and to explain why the Wooldridge boat design is so legendary. I met with him at their Washington factory to steal him away from production for an hour.
Joan Wulff is one of the most respected women in fly-fishing - and rightfully so. At almost ninety years old, Joan has been a lead player in fly-casting, instruction, demonstrations, competitions, and sheer class. I've been a long-time fan of Joan's and always hoped to one day have the opportunity to learn more about her life, away from the casting books and what I'd seen on old tapes.
Kevin Feenstra is a long-time guide on the Muskegon river. Though he won’t be the one to say it, Kevin was at the forefront of swinging flies for steelhead in the midwest. I met with Kevin at his home on the Muskegon last November to see if I could learn a little more about this private man.
Dean Butler's recognition extends far beyond the Southern Hemisphere. A famed off-shore captain, Dean has seen more fly-fishing world records than most. From Australia, to Panama, Niugini, to the Florida Keys, Dean has been almost everywhere and he holds some serious credibility in the saltwater angling community
Jim Rissling - Fraser River Sturgeon ("On The Fly" Short Series)
Jim Rissling is the field program coordinator for the Fraser River Sturgeon Conservation Society. A retired conservation officer, Jim now devotes a great deal of time training volunteers how to handle and tag sturgeon — which is how I met Jim years ago when I myself was a sturgeon guide. I met with Jim at his home in Chilliwack, British Columbia for a quick coffee and chat about the Fraser River dinosaurs.
You’ve likely seen his name printed on fly-tying packages hanging from fly shop walls around the world. Greg Senyo dubbing, shanks, brushes and streamers... the man seems to be everywhere. Guide, outfitter, famed fly tier, and author, Greg has recently published his first book: Fusion Fly Tying. In this episode, Greg and I throw caution to the wind as we discuss guiding burn-outs and the dangers of social media.
Author of five fly-fishing books, fly-shop owner, guide, and instructor, Rick Kustich is a major contributor to the midwest fly-fishing scene. In this episode of Anchored we talk about Great Lakes steelhead and what we can expect to find in his latest book.
In this episode of Anchored, John and I continue our talk about steelhead behaviour. We discuss their memories, sensitivity to sound, and what’s really happening underwater when they take your fly. Plus, I also get some interesting facts about hatchery specifics.
The McMillan family name is one to be proud of. John McMillan, son of famed author and conservationist Bill McMillan, has devoted his entire life to the protection of the West coast’s wild steelhead stocks. John has lead the way on a multitude of projects and is not showing signs of slowing down any time soon.
Gary Borger - A River Runs Through It (and the Borgers)
Gary Borger is a staple of the fly-fishing community. Author, instructor, presenter, and all-round wealth of knowledge, he’s been in the industry since 1971. I had met Gary briefly in years prior, but never had the opportunity to really sit down and speak with him. In this episode, Gary and I make time for discussion and I am finally able to pair his personality to the man behind the words.
Tyler van der Meulen - Youth ("On the Fly" Short Series)
My guest in this episode is the incredibly talented fly-tier, Tyler van der Meulen. Tyler is a young man who left me speechless when I heard his story at a trade show in Calgary, Alberta. I sat down with him to see if I could capture his story for other young people, parents, people with injuries, and those of you who also always appreciate a little inspiration.
In this episode of Anchored, Jerry and I continue our conversation about fishing the Pacific Northwest. Here we dive into discussion about Skagit lines, Skagit casting, and whether anglers should put a self-regulated cap on their own fishing.
You may know Jerry French better than you think you do. As co-owner of Olympic Peninsula Skagit Tactics (OPST), Jerry French and Ed Ward are the originators of the intruder fly, as well as some of the driving forces behind Skagit casting. In this two part podcast, I meet with Jerry at his home on Camano Island to see if I can learn a little more about this very private man.
Lori-Ann Murphy is a woman who follows her heart; her heart just happens to regularly take her to the water. Originally a trout guide in the late 1980’s, Lori-Ann now lives and guides in San Pedro, Belize. But as versatile as she is, for me, it is her founding of Reel Women Fly Fishing Adventures in 1994, that really stands out.
For Pacific Northwest steelheaders, Trey Combs is a household name. But what many of these anglers don’t realize is that Trey has been just as active in the saltwater world as he is the fresh. Primarily known as an author, it’s difficult to find any content from Trey outside of his writing — this, of course, only heightened my desire to have him share his story here on Anchored.
Behind the walls of fame and glory live the men and women who are the true heroes of our natural world. In my eyes, Bruce Hill is very much one of those heroes. An activist, silent leader, respected conservationist, and father of two children who are just as active as he is, the Hills have long kept the Skeena country safe from corporations looking to assault it.
Steve Rajeff. If hearing that name doesn’t make you automatically think of one of the most influential people in fly fishing’s history, then thank goodness you’ve found your way to this podcast! Steve Rajeff is, in my opinion anyway, the best caster in the world. Yes, I said it — simply put, the man was born for the sport.
John Shewey has made more of an impact in my fly-tying progress than any other human being could ever hope to. As the author of Spey Flies and Dee Flies, his book guided my early steelhead fly-tying days, and even his more recent book, Classic Steelhead Flies, has further improved my time and enjoyment behind the vise. The man is a wealth of knowledge and he has dedicated his life to the pursuit of steelhead and the angling history they bring us.
Jerry Darkes is more than just an author... Jerry has been immersed in the fly fishing industry for most of his life. As the author of the only book solely written about fly-fishing the Great Lakes themselves, I was eager to have Jerry educate me about a handful of fisheries that I really knew nothing of. In this episode, Jerry explains his favourite species and methodologies to each of the Great Lakes, and he helps break down much of the confusion that seems to go hand in hand with the enormous system.
John Hazel is the sort of man you don’t forget. Strong, bold, honest, and forward-thinking, John can’t help but leave an impression on his audience. Perhaps this is why he’s been so important to the development of Spey fishing for steelhead in the Pacific Northwest. John began guiding thirty-seven years ago, and has been a key influence to our sport — specifically on the Deschutes, where he and his wife, Amy, live, guide, and run a fly shop.
Kerry Burkheimer may have the most contagious laugh I have ever heard — if his laugh doesn’t win you over, his custom fly rods certainly will. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a Burkheimer rod owner who doesn’t absolutely cherish their own, and rightfully so — they are some of the most beautiful rods in the world to cast. I met Kerry for the first time at his factory in Washougal, WA to see if he might open up to me about his aspirations, his company, and his past.
Ken Morrish is the guy you know, but might not realize you know. The man behind the highly successful booking agency, Fly Water Travel, the designer of countless mainstream flies, photographer, writer, angler, and just all round likeable guy… you’ve likely seen his photos or fished his flies without even knowing that he was the artist behind them.
Frank Moore - World War II, Pass Creek & the Umpqua
It is rare that 92 year old Frank Moore’s name is mentioned without the words “fly-fishing legend” somewhere thereafter. World War II veteran, long-time North Umpqua guide and lodge owner, conservationist, devoted husband, father, friend… there are few people who meet Frank and don’t ponder their own impact on the world. For some, he inspires them to be better spouses, for others, to be better river guardians. For me, it was all of the above and I was eager to hear his tale.
Amy Hazel - Oregon Steelhead Techniques, World Travel
Amy Hazel is a woman you won't forget. Guide, instructor, fly shop owner and just an all-round force to be reckoned with, she's the sort of woman who works hard and fishes even harder. Amy is a committed business owner, a woman who fights for her beliefs, and a comedian in her own right — need I say more?
Greg Osburn is the founder and executive director of the Three Rivers Sportsman’s Alliance. The TRSA is an all-volunteer political action committee whose sole purpose is to support and promote their “more fish for all” policy by way of hatcheries. In this episode, I meet with Greg at his office in Oregon to try and learn more about his viewpoint and operation.
Jim Teeny has been around. From the famous Teeny lines, to the super fishy Teeny nymphs, to books, DVD’s, and more… Jim has branded himself in a way that very few personalities have successfully done before in this industry. In this episode I meet with Jim at his home in Gresham, Oregon, to get the low-down on his industry struggles, his experiences abroad, and his plans to bring his brand back stronger than ever before.
George Cook is one of the most well-known anglers in the Pacific northwest. While he is likely best known as a sales rep for Sage, RIO, and multiple other substantial companies, he is also a skilled Chinook salmon angler and the inventor of the Alaskabou fly series. In this episode I meet up with George at his home in Auburn, Washington, where we talk about Alaska, how the Popsicle fly came to be, and the definition of fly fishing in George’s eyes.
Scott Baker McGarva is regularly described as an encyclopedia of knowledge by his British Columbian peers. Sales rep, guide, instructor, and fly shop veteran, the man seems to know a little about everything when it comes to fishing. It’s rare to find a subject that Scott can’t provide insight on, so I met him in Vancouver to find out more about about his life and his steelhead fishing.
Rod Harrison carries some serious clout in the sport-fishing world. As a friend, guide and mentor to some of the most notable anglers in the fly-fishing industry, Rod is a man who has had an undeniable impact on the sport as we know it. From the Niugini black bass, to the marlin junky who helped to pioneer gamefish tactics, Rod Harrison is a man who has seen it all. I was thrilled to have the opportunity to sit down with him for his first ever podcast, and to learn more about this special man.
Peter Hayes is probably best known as a world casting champion, and as a highly regarded casting instructor. A longtime guide and lodge owner, he is fully immersed in the industry — and he has few qualms about speaking his truth when asked to. I met up with Peter in Tasmania for a casual sit down. I had few expectations about what he might disclose to me but I left with a mind full of philosophy, heart-felt discussion and a better glimpse into the life of Mr. Hayes.
It seems Simon Gawesworth is a riverside name these days. Originally from England, Simon was brought to America by RIO Products, where he eventually worked his up to be the company’s marketing manager. He is the face behind RIO’s Modern Spey Casting DVD, the author behind two successful spey casting books, and a world-class instructor renowned for his proficient teaching style and casting ability.
Greg French might best be known as the man who wrote the first accurate and comprehensive Tasmanian guide book, but there is much more to Greg than just the man behind the maps. Greg is the author of four published books with two more on the way. His most popular book, Frog Call, is brilliantly written and received raving reviews. Now the Tasmanian local is bringing his extensive knowledge about fish biology and hatcheries into a book about an area of concern in Yellowstone National Park.
Christer Sjöberg – LOOP, Solid Adventures, Argentina
There are few people who have had as big of an impact on the fishing industry as Christer Sjöberg. It’s tough to put a label on this ambitious entrepreneur — Christer founded Loop Tackle in 1979, and while it is what he is best known for, he is also the owner of Solid Adventures and several successful fishing lodges around the world...
Carl McNeil is a man who’s full of surprises. Whether he means to or not, he seems to almost always find a way to break industry norms. From his custom line of beautifully-crafted Epic fiberglass rods, to his cutting edge casting DVD’s (Casts that Catch Fish), and even the production/writing/narration of several engaging documentaries (including the award winning, Once in a Blue Moon and Itu’s Bones), Carl seems to always have a surprise up his sleeve.
Dave McCoy wears many hats in this sport: retailer, photographer, guide, Patagonia ambassador - he knows his way around the fly fishing industry. Dave is one of those people who isn’t afraid to voice his opinion, especially when it comes to causes he believes in. I was curious to hear more about his involvement in a recent “keep-em-wet” campaign, as well as his controversial stance against hatchery steelhead in the Pacific Northwest...
Juan Del Carmen is a Spanish angler probably best known for his role as technical director for the Spanish and English teams in the fly fishing world championships. A certified casting instructor and well-traveled angler, he is a wealth of knowledge. Myself, as an angler who has never even entertained the idea of competition on the water, I had a lot of questions for him.
Mention Peter Morse’s name to just about any fly fisher in Australia and you’ll immediately have their attention. Peter was one of the first people to pioneer fly-fishing in the vast continent and he has since done his part to maintain that role - author of three books, certified Master caster, television personality and well traveled angler. In this episode...
Lani Waller is a man who needs little introduction in the steelhead world. Respected author, angler, and traveler, he is probably best recognized by a set of steelhead videos that he released in the 1980’s … videos that were ahead of their time. Lani has often been referred to as “legendary” or “famed”, but while he is the first to admit that he is proud of his accomplishments, he is just as quick to announce his imperfections.