A couple weeks ago, I had the distinct honor of introducing April Vokey of FlyGal Ventures at the International Sportsmen’s Expo in Denver. April hails from British Columbia, and is garnering quite a bit of attention lately (via the Internet and otherwise) for her steelhead fishing prowess. But to those of you who assume she’s just a pretty face in big fish photos, be warned–April has serious game.
She fishes the Skeena system (and travels far afield), tackling some of the most honest and technical fly water in the world. Having seen her cast, I’d advise you not to bet your truck against her in a one-on-one target match. She’s incredibly bright, charismatic and on the leading edge of fly fishing technique and instruction. In other words, April is exactly what this sport needs now.
After one of her ISE presentations, I put her “on the spot” with five quick questions, and here’s what she had to say:
FlyTalk: What’s the fish species you have never caught on a fly rod, that tops your “bucket list.”
April: Golden dorado. No wait… giant trevally. But I’m on my way to the Seychelles in a few days, so hopefully I can cross that one off the list soon. (April, if you see this, we want to know if you got your GT). Dorado just look so powerful and beautiful, I think that’s an amazing creature also.
FlyTalk: If you had to pick your one favorite fly for fishing any species, anywhere in the world, what would it be?
April: Can I pick one I made? It would be the “Gluttonous Leech.” It has white dubbing, and a lot of action when you fish it. It’s a fly I turn to very often when I steelhead fish in B.C. It works, and I think it’s important to trust your fly before you cast.
FlyTalk: What’s the one piece of gear that you carry, that most anglers don’t and isn’t often sold in a fly shop?
April: I carry a lot of bungee cords and zap straps. They come in handy for hauling gear and hiking, and things like that.
FlyTalk: What’s the most common mistake you see anglers make on the river, steelhead fishing or otherwise?
April: They don’t take the time to slow down and watch what’s going on. Not only spotting fish when you can, but watching them for awhile to see what they are doing. If you slow down, your chances of actually catching fish go up dramatically.
FlyTalk: What’s one thing that most anglers don’t know about you that will come as a total surprise?
April: I’m a boxer. My uncle is into boxing and so that’s how I got into it. I’ve actually started training, and am hoping to have my first fight later this year.