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An authentic series talking about fishing, social justice, and storytelling with folx within the outdoor industry.

Understanding that we can all have something to learn from each other, this podcast is for the aspiring, the beginner, the mediocre, and the expert angler, willing to learn new skills and how to be a better ally.

Working through hard conversation can definitely get a little awkward. We fumble through and worry about getting it right. It’s time to step out of your comfort zone and start getting awkward!
www.awkwardAngler.com and on Instagram at @AwkwardAngler. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/erica-nelson2/support

The Awkward Angler Podcast Erica Nelson

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    • 5.0 • 2 Ratings

An authentic series talking about fishing, social justice, and storytelling with folx within the outdoor industry.

Understanding that we can all have something to learn from each other, this podcast is for the aspiring, the beginner, the mediocre, and the expert angler, willing to learn new skills and how to be a better ally.

Working through hard conversation can definitely get a little awkward. We fumble through and worry about getting it right. It’s time to step out of your comfort zone and start getting awkward!
www.awkwardAngler.com and on Instagram at @AwkwardAngler. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/erica-nelson2/support

    Influence and Mental Health with Kayla Lockhart

    Influence and Mental Health with Kayla Lockhart

    Welcome to the final episode of season 2 of the Awkward Angler Podcast. This season has been great to connect with influential women doing work in realms of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion within the fly fishing industry. We’ve heard some great initiatives that are just short of intersectionality but striving to do better, identity and coming out, vulnerability and healing, learning from our mistakes in advocacy, and how we quietly lead the way towards inclusion and conservation.

    What better way to end this season than with Kayla Lockhart. I know of no other way to introduce my boisterous guest. Kayla unapologetically advocates for human rights, mental health, and conservation. I appreciate how she authentically influences others by sharing her story and sharing how she lives with anxiety. I particularly admire the way she takes responsibility for the way she shows up; and the way she leads with compassion and empathy - both for her own mental health and for communities to have access to fly fishing as a gateway to conservation.

    Show Notes/Resources


    Instagram @Kayla__lockhart
    https://www.emdr.com/what-is-emdr/
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inside_Out_(2015_film)
    https://www.pixar.com/feature-films/inside-out
    https://www.eddiebauer.com/campaign/guides/kayla-lockhart
    https://bobmitchellsflyshop.com/
    https://www.flyfisherman.com/editorial/foster-care-flyfishing-kayla-lockhart/361701
    https://www.outsideonline.com/podcast/kayla-lockhart-fly-fishing-healing/
    https://podcast.barbless.co/guest/kayla-lockhart/
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QL0hHkQU6dA

    https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=327269139043617


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    Corinne Doctor - Women in the Industry

    Corinne Doctor - Women in the Industry

    So this week, I am honored that my friend Corinne Doctor is my guest for today’s episode. She is the co-founder of Rep Your Water - an apparel brand dedicated to providing uniquely designed, top quality gear for anglers and hunters while increasing support of local conservation and inspiring exploration. Rep Your Water is also an Angling for All Pledgee that is doing some great work behind the scenes in making the industry more diverse and inclusive.

    Corinne is also a board member for Colorado Trout Unlimited and Affta American Fly Fishing Trade Association.

    We speak about her experience being a woman in the fly fishing space for 14 years, her perspective on conservation, as well as her personal journey of becoming anti racist.

    She is a funny, hardworking, and all around badass woman I admire. She is upfront, and not afraid to lead hard conversations.


    https://www.repyourwater.com/

    Instagram: @repyourwater and @Csd817

    https://affta.org/

    https://flylordsmag.com/women-on-the-water-corinne-doctor/

    https://www.tu.org/magazine/we-are-tu/we-are-tu-corinne-doctor/



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    • 58 min
    Andi Green - Cultural Appropriation and Getting Called Out

    Andi Green - Cultural Appropriation and Getting Called Out

    Would you rather strive to be an ally or an abolitionist? Abolition requires a commitment to risk. Risking your comfort, safety, and status to ensure that your Black and Brown counterparts experience equity and its afforded benefits.

    Today I am sitting down with Andi Green, host of Wine Down with Fly Gals on Instagram. She is also a scientist, a self proclaimed instigator, and an abolitionist.

    We talk about her identity and how she is white passing and also Mexican; and her learnings from being complacent to becoming the abolitionist she now proclaims.

    We also discuss cultural appropriation... and ironically Andi was recently calling out cultural appropriation on the company PostFly for profiting off sage in their Mother's Day box this year. Then she was called out on culturally appropriating an image she had on her screen while doing so. We talk about her learnings from this event and how to recover after appropriating other cultures.

    How can the industry learn how to recover when appropriation happens and when we have such good intentions however those negatively impacted are long lasting?!

    Resources:


    https://www.brut.media/us/news/being-a-white-passing-poc-in-america--1bc279c1-e053-4450-af4a-b09abaf96ff1
    Instagram: @andi.greene
    https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/you-ally-abolitionist-john-graham-jr-/


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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Heather Hodson Neufeld - Becoming Anti-Racist & the Stages of Grief

    Heather Hodson Neufeld - Becoming Anti-Racist & the Stages of Grief

    Becoming “anti-racist” sounds easy, but it can actually be quite challenging to shift our way of thinking. Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion work also known as JEDI is hard work, however if we can push through the discomfort and uncomfortable conversations, there is joy to be found.

    I met the founder of United Women on the Fly, Heather Hodson Neufeld, in 2019 at a fly fishing trade show. While it may have been a bit of a bumpy start, today, I now consider Heather an ally and activist within the JEDI space in fly fishing. I find Heather’s anti-racist journey as bold. She is, what I consider a “classic model” of what diversity and inclusion work looks like: emotional, hard, complex, depressing, joyful and bold.

    I am so thrilled to sit down with Heather and have an honest conversation. We share moments of vulnerability and her raw experience of intent vs impact. And I gotta say, she’s leaving a hell of an impact that I need all white women and the fly fishing industry to hear!


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    • 1 hr 9 min
    Emerald LaFortune - Coming Out: Identity, Sexuality, Allyship

    Emerald LaFortune - Coming Out: Identity, Sexuality, Allyship

    Instagram has been a great resource for me to connect with other anglers and it’s exactly how I met Emerald LaFortune. I found alignment in her posts and content when it comes to topics of LGBTQ+, racial and social justice, as well as being a female in male dominated spaces such as whitewater boating and fly fishing.

    Emerald is a writer, guide, and angler based in Idaho. This is also the first time we’ve actually connected outside DMs and emails. I could get lost in her voice, her way with words, and hearing her stories and perspective.

    We likely could have spiraled offf into many topics but today we discuss her identity, how the dominant culture can support women and LGBTQ+ boaters and anglers. We also break down an article about fly names. I especially loved hearing how she navigates social justice while being a white woman.

    So often I hear from white folks that they just want to get it right, or they don't want to mess up. I find it important to elevate Emerald’s voice because she struggles navigating those ideals as well and we don’t talk about it because it can get awkward.

    Resources:


    https://freerangeamerican.us/fly-fishing-flies/

    http://oregonflyfishingblog.com/2021/02/23/because-our-words-matter-sexual-violence-and-the-fly-fishing-industry/

    https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=10156247024064360

    https://www.emeraldlafortune.com/

    Instagram: @emeraldlensmedia



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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Jackie Kutzer and Chrissy Atkins - Gender Equity Beyond 5050

    Jackie Kutzer and Chrissy Atkins - Gender Equity Beyond 5050

    In 2017, The Orvis Company launched 50/50 on the Water, an initiative to introduce more women to the sport and to promote those already making a mark in the fly fishing world.

    I, as an Indigenous, woman know the gender binary is not inclusive - while focusing on women is important, how are we going to move forward to include gender fluidity, non binary, and trans communities?

    I recognize progress in it’s own right - getting women on the water is an important effort especially if it can be a gateway towards conservation however it’s not enough. How are we expanding our education beyond the gender binary and it’s colonial concepts?

    I am thrilled to have my friends, Chrissy Atkins and Jackie Kutzer, co creators of the Orvis 5050 on the water initiative and hear about their individual learnings of launching something this big in the industry and reflections of their learnings on gender concepts.

    Resources


    https://www.outsideonline.com/2242021/orvis-takes-aim-boys-club

    https://www.discprofile.com/what-is-disc/disc-styles

    Follow Open Waters Project: @_dani_lol_

    https://www.danielleloleng.com/

    https://brenebrown.com/videos/rsa-short-empathy/


    Resources from Jackie and Chrissy:


    Danielle’s Open Waters Project: https://www.danielleloleng.com/orvis

    Layla Saad’s ‘Me and White Supremacy’: https://www.meandwhitesupremacybook.com/

    Anti-Racism Daily Newsletter: https://www.antiracismdaily.com/

    Coursera Indigenous Canada Course: https://www.coursera.org/learn/indigenous-canada

    Scene on Radio’s ‘Seeing White’ Podcast: https://www.sceneonradio.org/seeing-white/

    NPR’s ‘Code Switch’ Podcast: https://www.npr.org/podcasts/510312/codeswitch

    Instagram handles: @shinevermont and @pennc333



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    • 59 min

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