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HOP #22: How to be authentic and bounce back from a near death experience with April Vokey


The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast – Episode #22

How to be authentic and bounce back from a near death experience with April Vokey, founder of, Podcast Host of Anchored, and TV Host of Shorelines.

It was a true honour to have April Vokey on the show this week. Even trying to write this introduction, I struggle to put into words what the conversation was like. This episode was a bit off script from the typical format, and I couldn’t be happier.

In this episode of The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast, we talk about what life is really like behind the scenes of an industry icon, and how she got her start as an entrepreneur launching her own fishing guide business in British Columbia, Canada at the age of 24. What amazed me about April’s mindset, was how she bounced back from a near-death car accident, sold her personal belongings, and was tying flies while she recovered to get back on the water and resume her growing business. That is what a true entrepreneur would do – hustle your way back to the top.

What you will learn in this episode of The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast:

  • How to face adversity and win
  • What it takes to become entrepreneur in any industry
  • How to embrace your passion and create a business you love
  • The price of fame and how to cope
  • The importance of authenticity
  • How to cut through the clutter and “go find new water”

More about April Vokey:

April Vokey began fishing as a toddler. By the sixth grade, she was saving her allowance for weekend visits to the local tackle shop where she eventually stocked her ‘hand-me-down’ Plano box with every lure and bait she could afford.

Counting down days for the opportunity to attain her driver’s license, by the age of 16 she spent every summer, fall and winter seeking escape through the salmon and steelhead migration that frequented BC’s coastal waters. Such ventures drove her to self-discovery, realization, motivation, and a hunger to escape a troubled environment in the city she called home.

After discovering a passion for fly fishing in her teens, April Vokey soon dedicated her entire life to the pursuit, eventually culminating in her founding Fly Gal Ventures in 2007 at age 24.  The company was built on the basis of the promotion of both education and encouragement to those who looked to chase their dreams.  She has since established herself as a respected authority in the sport and has traveled the globe in pursuit of gamefish on a fly rod.


Most recently, Vokey proudly wrote and hosted her own exclusive series, ShoreLines with April Vokey, as shown on the World Fishing Network.

How to Connect with April Vokey:
Instagram: @AprilVokey
Twitter: @AprilVokey
Podcasts: Anchored (
Television: Shorelines (

The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast - April Vokey

Doug Foley
Doug Foley is a podcast host, content marketer, and problem solver. He is also the youngest of 7 brothers and sisters, a proud father of 2, and is on a mission to help people find their passion, take action, and build the life they want to live. He frequently writes about entrepreneurship, personal development, and motivation.
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