Monday, March 9, 2015

Anchored With April Vokey - Carl McNeil

I mentioned April Vokey's podcast a couple months ago and since then she has released several more episodes that have all been very excellent.  These interviews are candid, insightful, and much more of a conversation than an interview in tone.

In her latest Anchored With April Vokey podcast, April visits with Carl McNeil of Swift Fly Fishing and they talk fiberglass fly rods, the fly fishing industry, fly lines, artisan glass builders, and there are a couple humbling mentions about T.F.M. as well.  Thank you, Sir.

Oh  yeah, and when you listen to this podcast episode, you'll hear several mentions of a "Limited Edition" project that Swift Fly Fishing and Howler Brothers have been collaborating on and soon will be released.  Here's a first look at the Epic 888 with more information in the works soon.

Subscribe to Anchored With April Vokey if you haven't and listen to this podcast.


dskinlo said...

Where will these rods be available?

Jared Schmidt said...

I'm sure glad I'm not a lady so I don't have to get all sexed up before I go fishing. Kind of sad for her and the female population in general. If you want to succeed as a female fly fisher, your hair better be done.

I mean no disrespect to Ms. Vokey, she seems like a class act and knows her stuff.

Anonymous said...

Jared, I sure too am glad you don't get all sexed up before you go fishing! Just kidding. Listen, a couple of years ago I would have echoed what you said. You know what though, if it wasn't for April, my wife wouldn't be fishing. She makes an old man's sport look cool. I don't care if it is or isn't, but it took 5 years for me to convince my wife that this was fun. April created an image for herself and the sport that actually resonates with some. I wouldn't call that sad; it is smart.

Jared Schmidt said...

Ha! Thanks Gianni. That's great you got your wife into fishing, I'm still working on that.

A couple of years ago, I would have rolled my eyes at my own comment. But now I have 2 girls of my own under age 5 and I've really started noticing the crap that's pushed on them from day one. It doesn't matter if you're GOOD at anything, all you really have to do is look good.

Look at saltwater fishing videos, the uniform for a guy: UV protectant long sleeve shirt and pants, wading boots, sunglasses, hat and buff, you know because the sun will kill you in 5 minutes. Women's uniform: Bikini. Apparently women are immune to that deadly sun.

I just want my girls to be valued for content and not just appearance. If they can sling 80 feet of line alongside the guys, I don't think they should need to be wearing makeup to be respected.

I could go on but this probably isn't the place for this discussion, I apologize Cameron, thanks for tolerating me. Again, April has built a brand around her looks but also her ABILITY. And I begrudge her nothing for that. Good for her. If she gets more women into the sport, all the better.