Here is a photo of April Vokey, and Jim, a client of hers and one of my best friends, Rick Whorwood, of Ontario, while they were working together on Sunday October 7:
April owns Fly Gal, http://www.flygal.ca/ a company based in British Columbia where she is from. With his business, Rick Whorwood’s Fly Casting School (see the link in my sidebar), he booked April to conduct a Women’s Fly Casting Clinic on October 6, and then Rick and April used Rick’s raft and drift boat and took four anglers on a guided float trip on Sunday October 7th on the lower Grand River. This steelhead and others caught by the group run up from Lake Erie. Rick has some dates available for steelhead fishing.
April is a Federation of Fly Fisher’s Certified Casting Instructor, and Rick told me April is a very good single-hand caster. He has informed me that she is also pursuing her FFF Masters Certification as well. Rick has earned all three FFF Certifications; Casting Instructor, Master Casting Instructor, and Two-Hand Casting Instructor.
Before arriving in Ontario, Rick set up a class on Thursday October 4th with April instructing at The First Cast fly shop in Guelph. When that class filled, the shop scheduled a second date, and that filled too.
I talked to Rick on the phone yesterday. He said he was very impressed with April; her knowledge, her professionalism, her experience, her casting ability (you can look up some video of her casting a spey rod), and skill.
I am also pleased to announce that April is also one of the contributing fly tiers for my book on the 19th century Orvis flies, in progress. It is an honor to have someone of her skill as part of the project. Rick is also one of my contributing tiers. He posted this photo on his facebook page and gave me permission to use it here.
April is also one of the field editors for Fly Fusion magazine. Speaking of Fly Fusion, my friend, fellow MyFlies.com fly tier, and Fly Tying Field Editor for Fly Fusion, Al Ritt, recently honored me by asking if I would contribute to their monthly feature, End of the Line. I said, “Sure!”
End of the Line is a single-page feature in Fly Fusion that presents six patterns in a range of numbers. I sent them the following: Two Carrie Stevens streamer patterns – Blue Devils, on #1 – 8x hooks, one BXB (extended body) Slate Drake Thorax Dun (boy did I catch a lot of trout on that fly this past season!), two Bastian’s Delta Trudes (a new original pattern), three Polywing Sulphur Thorax Duns, two 19th century Scarlet Ibis Bass Flies, and two La Belle Bass Flies. I believe it will be in the next issue, though I am uncertain as to its release date.
After more work on the book last night, the number of patterns in my book now stands at 500. Thanks to everyone for your support.