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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.
 
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Tom Morgan Rodsmiths evolved from a dream of Tom's while owning the R. L. Winston Rod Company from 1973 to 1991. He always wanted to build a limited number of superior graphite rods for appreciative anglers—rods not limited by cost or materials, fine-tuned until their actions were perfect. Sadly, Tom passed away in 2017 of pneumonia. While he is no…
 
Jeff Hickman and David Moskowitz are no strangers to wild steelhead. Jeff Hickman is a longtime steelhead guide, lodge owner and advocate. His passion for protecting wild species and places consistently take priority over financial gain, making him one of the most trusted voices in the fishing industry. David Moskowitz is Executive Director of the …
 
Phil Rowley is a stillwater icon. Author, presenter, fly tier and instructor, Phil has shared his knowledge and paved the road for countless anglers. I was excited to finally have him on the show to learn more about his introduction to the fly fishing industry. In this episode of Anchored, we discuss chironomids, triploids, feeling boxed in, and ho…
 
When I think of the perfect Trout Bum story, Justin Crump comes to mind. Justin fell in love with fishing at an early age, before dedicating his entire life to the pursuit. In this episode of Anchored, Justin and I discuss how his willingness to go with the flow introduced him to a lifetime of adventure, a successful career, and even the love of hi…
 
Natalie Bogwalker is the founder and director of Wild Abundance, where she teaches carpentry, permaculture, primitive skills, and so much more. I met Natalie when we teamed with her for our online Hide Tanning class, and she has continued to blow my mind ever since. I’m currently in middle of her online gardening school and feel like a kid in a can…
 
Al Perkinson is someone I’ve looked up to for a long time. For seventeen years, he was the CFO of Costa Sunglasses, where he led brand strategy, marketing, ecommerce and more. Al is an avid fly fisherman and conservationist who has a long resume of philanthropic work. On this episode of Anchored we discuss the benefits of polarised sunglasses, Al’s…
 
Karen Brooks is a guide and outfitter based in Tasmania, Australia. She and her husband, Peter, share a unique story in that they both started guiding later in life upon finding matching drift boats for sale in North America. On this episode of Anchored, Karen and I enjoy a light conversation about fishing for trout in Tasmania, loch-style fishing,…
 
Christian Schauf is the founder of Uncharted Supply Co. His company specialises in kits built for unexpected survival situations. He started the company after seeing dozens of motorists stranded on the side of the highway during a blizzard in Colorado. On this episode of Anchored, we discuss the first 72 hours of survival, Christian’s experience on…
 
Brian O’Keefe started fly fishing as a young boy. He started taking fish photos in an attempt to prove that he wasn’t making up stories about the fish he was catching. He would go on to become one of the most well-known names in fish photography. On this episode of Anchored, we discuss his incredible evolution as an angler, photographer, world trav…
 
The Saltwater Guides Association is a coalition of forward-thinking guides, small business owners and like-minded anglers who understand the value of keeping fish in the water. In this episode of Anchored, I sit down with Willy Goldsmith and Tony Friedrich to discuss the health of the East-coast striper fishery. To add you name to our Once a Year P…
 
Josh Nugent started his successful guiding operation, Out Fly Fishing Outfitters, in 2003. He recently purchased a fly shop in Calgary, Alberta, adding to his already impressive resume. I met Josh years ago during a filming project on the Bow river. He was my first guide and single-handedly changed how I looked at professionalism in the fishing ind…
 
Donnie Vincent is an explorer, biologist, conservationist, and sportsman. These days Donnie is best known for his inspirational films and passion for story-telling, but Donnie’s journey started long before the cameras started rolling. On this episode of Anchored we discuss his passion behind the outdoors, his experiences with wild wolves, keeping o…
 
Clint Goyette is a Twelve time Canadian National Fly Fishing Championships competitor. He is also a guide and certified casting instructor who operates out of Squamish British Columbia. I recently hired Clint to teach our Czech Nymphing Masterclass over at AnchoredOutdoors.com and I was horrified to learn how many fish I’ve been passing up all thes…
 
Kaitlin Barnhart and Jess Westbrook are the founders of The Mayfly Project, an organization that uses fly fishing to help mentor and support children in foster care. The Mayfly Project introduces children in foster care to their local fisheries, with the hope that it will connect them to a rewarding hobby, ultimately providing them the opportunity …
 
Steven Drake is a hunting photographer whose work has helped to redefine how the hunting industry is perceived. An avid elk hunter, he frequents some of the most rugged and physically demanding terrain in the USA. In this episode of Anchored we discuss new hunters, the rut, moose pee and more. This episode of Anchored is brought to you by Brownells…
 
For many of us, Kelly Galloup is a household name. His innovative fly-tying and unique angling approach has earned him his place in the fly-fishing industry. Kelly is the owner of the popular Galloup’s Slide Inn Lodge on the Madison river, but his story begins long before he moved to Montana. In this episode of Anchored we discuss fly-tying materia…
 
Travis and Tiffany Bader are both passionate hunters, anglers, foragers and foodies. They make their livings by sharing their passion with others through their company, Silvercore. Silvercore is Canada’s largest company of its kind, providing industry-leading training to all levels of government, private business and the general public. In this epi…
 
Kristine Fischer @MidwestFishergal grew up fishing and playing in the outdoors. What she didn’t realise at the time, was that she’d soon become one of the most well-known anglers in the national kayak bass tournament scene. The recognition isn’t unwarranted… Kristine boasted 3 national level wins and a 2nd in the 2019 season, and she added another …
 
Keith McCafferty is the Survival and Outdoor Skills Editor of Field & Stream, an author of eight books, winner of numerous literary awards, and just an all-round likeable guy. In this episode of Anchored, we hear the story behind Keith’s impressive history with Field and Stream, as well as the inspiration behind his novels and how he maintains his …
 
Woniya Thibeault has spent her life studying ancestral skills. As the owner of Buckskin Revolution, she teaches classes and workshops, sharing her belief in the coexistence of humans and nature. In this episode of Anchored, Woniya and I discuss the desire to live off-grid, tanning deer hides and her remarkable experience on the popular tv show, Alo…
 
Jim McLennan was one of the first fly-fishing guides on Alberta’s Bow River. A well known writer and speaker, Jim has authored four books and written countless magazine articles. In this episode of Anchored we discuss why we fish, how Jim got his start in the fishing industry, what the Bow river used to be like and how we change as we get older. Ou…
 
Yarrow Willard is an herbalist and philosopher who lives in British Columbia, Canada. Yarrow was born into a family of foragers who have changed thousands of people’s lives over the years. I was excited to sit down with him to pick his brain about mushrooms, wild foraging, pollens and more. Even if you’ve never foraged a day in your life, you're su…
 
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 sp…
 
Chad Brown is a decorated US Navy veteran who struggles with PTSD. A failed suicide attempt eventually 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 …
 
***Check out our Bow Drill Masterclass here!*** 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, hide tanning and more. If these s…
 
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 o…
 
John Dietsch is perhaps best known in fly 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 of Anchored we discuss John’s new book…
 
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. This episode of Anchored is brought to you by Great Fi…
 
Jay Johnson has a mission of instilling a passion for the outdoors in others. You may have seen Jay Johnson on the Trout Bums diaries, Geo Bass, or most recently, the Fisher Guy series on Animal Planet. Jay had a challenging background that molded him into the multifaceted person that he is today. In this episode of Anchored, you’ll hear about Jay’…
 
Jenna McRae is somewhat new to taxidermy, but she is full of passion, knowledge 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 t…
 
Have you ever wondered if freediving and spearfishing are as peaceful as they seem? My guest today describes them as transcendent. Born and raised in Hawaii, Kimi Werner is a chef, an award-winning artist, motivational speaker, a U.S. National Spearfishing Champion, and most recently, a new mother. Join us for a conversation about life as a new mot…
 
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 of Anchored, I sit down with the person who runs Copper Plated Sixes, an account that focuses on the fishing and hunting industries.…
 
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 w…
 
Fly tying expert, Brita Fordice, joins me on this episode of Anchored to discuss tying flies, life, and much more. Fishing has always been a part of Brita Fordice’s life. Growing up in Washington she fished for steelhead, trout, and salmon. She even started tying flies at 10 years old. As an accomplished angler and guide in Puget Sound, her custom …
 
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. You can …
 
The whole point of catch and release fishing is to ensure those fish live to swim another day. But sometimes, even with our best intentions, that prized fish won’t get to live much longer. Anglers and fisheries scientists, Dr. Andy Danylchuk and Sascha Clark Danylchuk are working hard to change that. Their nonprofit KeepEmWet Fishing (soon to be Ke…
 
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 o…
 
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. To say he’s busy is an understatement. 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 …
 
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 ancient, Japanese form of fly-fishing that uses only a rod, line and fly, but no reel. Daniel committed himself to…
 
***Take our Josh Niland Masterclass here!*** 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. This September, Josh released his “Whole Fish Cookbook”, which serves as a guide for chefs, home …
 
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 di…
 
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…
 
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. It’s not hard to believe—John’s talent for bringing words to life is something only time and dedication can master. In this episode…
 
The American Fly Fishing Trade Association (AFFTA) 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. In this episode of Anchored, I meet up with Ben Bulis, the organisation’s president, and Matt Smythe, t…
 
Jen Ripple is the owner and editor-in-chief of Dun Magazine, an international women’s fly fishing publication—the first of its kind. I met Jen about six years ago when she was just getting Dun off the ground. I found her perspective on the fishing industry refreshing, so I was excited when our paths crossed and we could sit down to record a convers…
 
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…
 
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 selection relates to the speed of w…
 
I’m often asked how Anchored came to be. The short answer is that it stemmed from a television series I used to host. Limited airtime meant my interviews were cut into soundbites, leaving some truly wonderful history sitting on the editing floor. This week, I thought it might be time to dig into the archives and share some interviews that took plac…
 
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, where he empowers people through culture, education, employment, and youth suicide prevention. He…
 
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