A Refreshing Angle on Fly Fishing
I was recently reading Outside magazine and stumbled across a fantastic article about a woman who turned her passion for the outdoors, and love of fly fishing into a successful company.
April Vokey, a B.C. resident, had developed an undeniable love for fly-fishing at a young age and began to dedicate most of her time to the rivers. Vokey is a Steelhead angler/guide, a Federation of Fly Fishers (FFF) certified casting instructor, and a dedicated conservationist. Inevitably her love of fishing tapped into a market that already existed, as well as one that didn’t: females.
One look at her company website, flygal.ca, and it is evident that April specializes in fly fishing instruction, workshops, and guided trips. Fly Gal Ventures began operations in 2007. Originally based on workshops dedicated to and primarily for women, the vision was to bring the finest courses and instruction to other female anglers and newcomers to the sport. The company offers instruction for men, women, children, beginners, seasoned professionals, and individuals etc.
FlyGal offers both workshops and guided trips. Workshops include fly casting, fly-fishing and fly tying in either a co-ed, all-female, or individually based environment. Guided trips offer both salmon and steelhead in the Dean, Skeena, Pitt, and Fraser Rivers. And believe me, nothing is better than an expedition into Canada’s wilderness!
As a woman who is on an upwards path of success in a male-dominated field, this Steelhead, Salmon, and Sturgeon guide encourages and introduces aspiring anglers to the sport. It is refreshing to see a feminine ‘angle’ on adventure, nature, and the sport of fly fishing.
Check out the article in this month’s issue of Outside magazine.