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April Vokey

April Vokey

April Vokey is a fly fishing writer, fly-tyer, and speaker. After guiding in British Columbia for ten years, she now splits her year between camp in northern BC and Australia. She is an FFF certified casting instructor, forager, bowhunter, and mother.

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On-the-Water Fishing Gear Modifications

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On-the-Water Fishing Gear Modifications

Figuring out how to strategically target fish: the ideal presentation for the current, the best cast to get around structure, and which fly, lure, or bait is most likely to get eaten captivates fishermen. But one of the less discussed aspects of fishing often happens away from the tying bench and...
Strange Fishing Laws and Customs Around the World

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Strange Fishing Laws and Customs Around the World

I’ve encountered some peculiar fishing regulations in my travels. Most of them simply raised an eyebrow, but some were straight-up inconvenient. So much, in fact, that one rule even pushed me to get married sooner than I’d intended. I did a quick Google search and found a handful of quirky...
Are You Casting Too Far?

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Are You Casting Too Far?

Every new angler wants to be able to cast an entire fly line or launch a lure all the way across the lake. But that drive for technical prowess often leads people to miss the fish at their feet. Fish of all species are often found hugging the banks of lakes and rivers, hiding or hunting in shoreline...
Fly Fishing 101: Accessorizing

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Fly Fishing 101: Accessorizing

This is the fifth installment of our Fly Fishing 101 series. If you missed them, you can read Part One, Part Two, Part Three and Part Four by following these links.  One of the many advantages of fly fishing is its potential for minimalism. While some fisheries require more gear than others, most...
Sight Fishing for Dungeness Crabs

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Sight Fishing for Dungeness Crabs

Being from the Pacific Northwest, I’ve done my share of crabbing. When I was a kid, crabbing involved baiting traps or ring nets and keeping a watchful eye for thieves. But the Vancouver area has since changed. Between the rapidly sprouting ‘no fishing’ signs and an influx of seafood aficionados...
Chironomids: Springtime Stillwater Trout Candy

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Chironomids: Springtime Stillwater Trout Candy

When I was little, my dad and I used to go on an annual fishing trip in British Columbia’s interior. In the excitement leading up to the trip, I polished my Wedding Ring and Willow Leaf spinners before organising them into their designated Plano compartments. As a treat, Mom let me stay up late and...
Fly Fishing 101: Pick-Up Lines

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Fly Fishing 101: Pick-Up Lines

In the first three installments of Fly Fishing 101, I covered the importance of developing a relationship with your fly shop, choosing your first fly rod and buying a reel. In this segment, we’re going to cover some things you should know about picking out fly line. I remember the day I set out to...
Fly Fishing 101: Choosing a Reel

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Fly Fishing 101: Choosing a Reel

In the first two installments of Fly Fishing 101, I covered the importance of developing a relationship with your fly shop and choosing your first fly rod. In this segment, we’re going to cover some things you should know about purchasing a fly reel. I’ll admit it: I’m guilty of skipping right past...
Fly Fishing 101: Choosing Your First Rod

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Fly Fishing 101: Choosing Your First Rod

This is the latest installment in April Vokey’s Fly Fishing 101 series. If you missed it, check out her previous article, Your Fly Shop and You. Choosing your first fly fishing rod can be intimidating. Fly rods aren’t cheap, so pressure to make the right purchase often deters new anglers. Rod...
Fly Fishing 101: Your Fly Shop and You

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Fly Fishing 101: Your Fly Shop and You

I get a lot of messages from people who want to get into fly fishing but don’t know where to start. Most ask for book and fly rod recommendations, but fail to mention where they live or, more importantly, what they’d like to fish for. My response is always the same: start at the fish, then work back...