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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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Are You Casting Too Far?

Freshwater

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...
Snag Solutions: How to Get Yourself Unstuck

Freshwater

Snag Solutions: How to Get Yourself Unstuck

We’ve all been there. Your line pulls taut, pulse quickens, and you set the hook fiercely into a solid, unmoving object. You fire off a string of expletives, pulling and jerking the rod—more an attempt to vent frustration than an actual effort to free the line. A snag can infuriate even the calmest...
So, You Want to be a Fishing Guide? Part Two: Financial Realities

Freshwater

So, You Want to be a Fishing Guide? Part Two: Financial Realities

This is the second installment in a five-part series outlining the experiences of working fishing guides and what it takes to survive a dream job. If you missed part one, you can read that here. It’s easy to assume that fishing guides make more money than they actually do. Multiplying an outfitter’s...
So, You Want to be a Fishing Guide? Part One: April’s Origins

Freshwater

So, You Want to be a Fishing Guide? Part One: April’s Origins

This is the first installment in a five-part series outlining the experiences of working fishing guides and what it takes to survive a dream job. In my early 20s, I worked part-time at a tackle shop in Abbotsford, British Columbia. I wasn’t there for the paycheque, rather for the hefty discount on...
Ice Fishing: A New Perspective

Freshwater

Ice Fishing: A New Perspective

I’ll be the first to admit that I had no interest in trying ice fishing. Fishing in the cold is one thing, but to do it on purpose while staring at a hole in the ice? Well, that’s another story. It wasn’t only the cold that deterred me; I’d seen ice-fishermen stay warm with fires, steaming cups of...
Are You Ready For Winter Steelhead Spey Fishing?

Steelhead

Are You Ready For Winter Steelhead Spey Fishing?

While most people hang up their waders when the interior rivers turn to ice, the fishing season is just beginning for many of us in the Pacific Northwest. Many anglers have waited all year to pull their fishing gear out of storage. Winter steelhead fishermen and women are some of the most passionate...
How to Spot Dead-Eye on a Steelhead

Steelhead

How to Spot Dead-Eye on a Steelhead

One of my favorite things about bringing a steelhead to hand is the downturned eye on her perfectly blushed face.  Flecks of gold, bronze, green and purple glitter in the light; painting her eyelid like an eighty’s popstar.  Her pupil — black and wild — looks down at the river as if to remind me...