This week we talk with life-long angler April Vokey. Fishing as a toddler and saving money to buy lures in elementary school, her passion truly began at a young age. April’s writing has been featured in numerous industry leading publications, she’s had her own series on the World Fishing Network, and now she hosts her own podcast, Anchored with April Vokey. Never afraid to stay true to herself, April has carved her own space in the fly-fishing world as a well-respected and recognizable voice.
This week we talk with Chris Barclay from the C. Barclay Fly Rod Company. He's a designer and maker of fine small batch fiberglass fly rods and also builds rods on a custom basis upon client request on a wide variety of blanks and materials. Chris also owns a line of fiberglass rod blanks that he designed and made by a well respected and high quality blank manufacturer.
He's also a fellow Texan....no that was not intentional!
This week on the Remote. No Pressure. Podcast we talk with the head distiller at Real Spirits Distilling Co. about his blog Whiskey River Chronicle, what makes a good whiskey and of course Willie Nelson! Davin Topel shares with us his inspirational story about how he turned his passions of fly fishing and whiskey into a full-time job. Hang on to your hats….this is a good one!
This week we talk with a fishing guide out of the Reel Fly fly shop in Canyon Lake, Texas. Paul has an unbelievable passion for fly fishing and that only grew after narrowly escaping death while fighting brain cancer. Paul shares stories about his background growing up in Los Angeles and his evolution from street fishing to fly fishing. An excellent episode!
This week we chat with fly angler and chef Eduardo Garcia. Charged with 2400 volts of electricity, Eduardo lost his arm, ribs, muscle mass and nearly his life. However, it’s not what happened to him 3 miles in the backwoods of Montana that makes him interesting; it’s the way he responded to the disaster. It wasn’t too long after the accident that Eduardo taught himself how to fish, cook and experience life to it’s fullest. Founder of Montana Max Food Brand, Eduardo attempts to balance his life of entrepreneurship, cooking, motivational speaking and fly fishing. His story was featured in the film Charged The Eduardo Garcia Story which is available on Itunes, Amazon and Vimeo. An excellent interview!
When I was 9 I received a fly tying kit for Christmas or my birthday and dabbled in the technique but never had it fully introduced to me. As I grew up I was rebellious and found drugs and alcohol as an escape. This led me to many years of hardship and chaos. But there was always fishing, my dad knew that if he fished with me I wouldn't do drugs or drink. In high school, my nickname was catfish because I used to go to keggers at the lake and would always bring my fishing gear That all changed when I graduated high school and left for an unsuccessful career n the marine corp. It was during this time that my father was killed in an automobile crash. I drank and smoked my way out of that career path. I picked up the construction trades and fished and drank my adult life away. When I was 38 I had had enough and found a group of people to help me recover from my alcoholism. One of them suggested that I find a hobby to take my mind off of drinking, something that the drinking had taken away. I remember how fondly I was of fishing and began to fish in earnest again. One day I saw a guy nymphing for half pounders on the trinity river and I was fascinated and hooked. I stopped spin fishing that day and went and bought a fly rod and set up the next day. Soon after I decided that I should tye my own flies and the rest is history. It was soon after I became married and moved back to central California, I found a fly fishing club in Tracy California and was taught how to tie proper by some highly talented tyers. In 2010 my ex wife was offered a job in Idaho Falls. I jumped at the chance to move to a place close to so many blue-ribbon streams! After a few years there I was approached by the Fishing Poet and asked about visiting east Idaho. that led to the now famous movie,"A Deliberate Life". that movie changed so many peoples lives. I continued to fish until late 2015. I was involved in a near fatal auto accident. I have since recovered and am slowly getting back into fishing and tying again.
Check Out The Movie A Deliberate Life
Matt Smythe enlisted in the Army as a senior in high school at the medium-rare age of 17, serving for 8 years before heading home to grow his hair long on top and change majors 7 times in college. Back in the late 90s, as an undergrad, he was hired as the diener at Genesee Hospital in Rochester, NY. Over the course of a year he performed 56 autopsies and removed 11 brains from the skulls of their previous owners to be fixed in formalin and scrutinized by Pathologists. Matt also worked at an environmental chem lab, as a bouncer at a college bar, and coached high school varsity lacrosse. After earning a Master’s in poetry, having three kids, and learning how to cast a fly rod, he discovered the joys of writing advertising copy and blogging and wound up placing work in the Fly Fish Journal, Drake, SCOF, Revive, Midcurrent, and a handful of other non-fishing-related magazines and journals. Matt is now the Communications Director for the American Fly Fishing Trade Association and lives with his family and a couple dogs in the Finger Lakes Region of Western NY.
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Heather Hodson works hard to play even harder. If she's not saving lives as a Critical Care RN, you’ll find her traveling the country in search of new water to fish, hosting outings for women throughout the west, and teaching fly fishing classes. Heather founded United Women on the Fly in hopes of building a community, sharing knowledge and giving back to various fishing and conservation groups. Heather currently holds the position of Western US Women's/Diversity Ambassador for Trout Unlimited. Her passion for conservation, getting women involved in fly fishing, and enthusiasm to think outside the box is infectious.
This week my good friend Wylde Bill joined us on the podcast. It's a hilarious episode that you'll enjoy as we talk about fly fishing, his journey, Sasquatch and the Northern Michigan Dog Man!
"There I was. 340 lbs. The thought of loosing weight would make me sweat. Heck, breathing would make me sweat. To be fair, I was down 20 lbs from my heaviest 7 years prior. Due to experimenting with a diet pill that would make you crap yourself if you weren’t careful. It was supposed to help you train yourself from eating greasy, fatty foods, but I didn’t use it that way. I just learned to never trust a fart.
I needed to find another way to do this. I needed to find a new way of life. This old one wasn’t working out so hot for my health. Back in my 20’s, after frequent knee injuries, panic attacks, and other health issues, I was placed on blood pressure medication, and temporarily on anti anxiety pills (clonazepam), with the understanding it was temporary, and I would go see a counselor. The counselor helped get me off the me off clonazepam, but the anxiety continued. So I would self medicate when needed with alcohol.
The weeks rolled into months, and the pounds began to melt away! One year later I celebrated loosing my 100th pound, by getting hammered! (jokes) It was a quiet celebration. But definitely a personal victory that I cherish.
It wasn’t until July of 2017, that i went on my first camping hike, that changed my life. But the beauty of the trail… The beauty of nature… Nothing compared to being in the woods. Nothing compared to the sound of the river next to our camp. That same summer I took up fly fishing as well.”
This week we talk with fly fishing entrepreneur Sara Camiscioni. Sara is the founder and coach at Find Your Strong with Sara, a strength and nutrition coaching biz designed to empower folks with the tools they need to live their strongest life. Sara's also the Director of the Women's Fly Fishing Program at Arbor Anglers in Golden, Colorado. With a knack for bringing together strong fishy women, Sara shares the journey that brought her to the water in hopes that it'll empower and inspire other women to go after the things they want.