April Vokey Knows Her Shit!
So last night we had the pleasure of the rather infamous April Vokey (www.flygal.ca) to present a class in tying intruder style flies at International Angler in Pittsburgh. Unless you live under a fly fishing rock, you have undoubtedly seen her face gracing the cover of just about any magazine you might pick up, caught her on TV, or engaged in some salacious conversation about her “rod handling skills” with your buddies…. (or is that just me?)
Well after spending about 4 or 5 hours in close proximity, allow me to set the record straight. Yes, April is a fine looking woman by just about anyone’s standards…. and yes, her lips are real. She even managed to completely wreck my concentration a few times with a well timed, good natured poke at us guys and a sly grin as she kept it G rated (but I am guessing would have probably preferred otherwise). The funny thing is that I completely forgot all of this and found myself completely taken in by how passionate she is about her fishing, her rivers, and her Steelhead.
Within 5 minutes she knew all 13 of us by name and did not forget a single person throughout the entire class. (No name tags needed!) Her teaching style was warm, engaging, and informative. Some of us had been tying for years and others were total noobs and everyone walked out of the class with a great experience that they could build upon. After the class CW asked me what she was like and the best way I could describe it to him was that she is the type of person that you would love to share a road trip, a river, and a beer with. (and I don’t say that about many people)
So April, if you happen to read this, keep up the fantastic work and thanks for a great class. If you have yet to have the pleasure, spend some time and get to know April Vokey. I promise you won’t be disappointed and if you can check your giant male ego at the door you might actually learn a few things! I know I did.