Nico Voyatzis of Dory Fishing Fleet

Dory Fishing Fleet, operating since 1891, was founded before the city of Newport Beach. The location can’t be beat—beachfront, in the sand, at the base of the Newport Pier, once known as the McFadden Wharf. Over 100 years ago, the market was designed to cut out the middleman, selling the daily catch directly to the public. That business model remains untouched to this day. The Market is open Wednesday through Sunday until noon. They offer a vast array of the freshest possible seafood. The stone crab and spot prawn are among their most popular items.

Nico Voyatzis has worked in the fishing industry for 25 years. She’s run the gamete of occupations, from fishing to cleaning tanks and cutting lobster to selling fish at the market. She, along with her husband and his family, work tirelessly to maintain the historical business.

“Families get crazy when working together, a fishing family more so. You have to be on call 24/7. You compromise and take a deep breath knowing that they will be there no matter what, especially when your employee doesn’t show up for work. It has been an interesting 25 years of events. Many fisherman have left the fleet, but thank God there are still a few that are willing to replace the hard work and long hours of their fathers or retired fishermen.” -Nico

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“The Dory Fleet is quite a unique piece of history. It was here before the city of Newport, since 1891. I’m lucky enough to have been here a while to hear some of the retired fishermen’s stories, working outdoor by the beach, seeing all the regular costumers and locals for as long as I can remember and the great support from the community.” -Nico

Dory Fishing Fleet / Crafted in Carhartt

“My husband’s father was looking for a job, coming to America with only $600. Back in 1981, it wasn’t very much at all. He went fishing on the pier and happened to notice a few fishermen down at the fleet. He went and asked them for a job, lucky enough a guy hired him. He was bating lines in the beginning, then started to go fishing with him. After a few years, he saved enough to buy a boat and fishing gear for himself. Marco and his brothers started along side their dad at a very young age. By the time Marco was 16 he was able to go fishing on his own.” -Nico

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“My favorite part of the job is being outdoors.” -Nico

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The Great Outdoors Woman

From bowhunting to fly fishing to skeet shooting, Tessa Wyatt is a great outdoorswoman. When she’s not enjoying the sweet summit city of Park City, Utah, and all the charm Main Street has to offer, she’s off exploring the surrounding nature.

“I like to hike, fish, and love to camp. If I am staying around here for a quick one or two night getaway I will go out to the Uintas or up Mirror Lake Highway. There are so many cool little hidden lakes and brooks up there. It’s beautiful and super easy to get to; very fun for short hikes in and fishing for some really neat brooks. Adventuring during the day, fire pit and cooking at night, and then sleeping in a tent. Once you get the whole process dialed in- it’s a quick pack in and pack out.” -Tessa Wyatt

Whether the weather is warm or cold, every season is bustling with activities. With winter afoot, planning for snow and freezing temperatures is crucial.

“Having the right gear is pretty key. I moved to Park City from Honolulu and literally had one pair of socks; the change in climate was a pretty big shock to my system and it took me awhile to adjust. The right shoes, good thick socks, a thick jacket, and a warm hat. Layering is really your best bet; it’s always easy to take layers off but harder to add layers on if you don’t begin prepared for the weather. I try to keep my core as warm as possible too, I can go for quite awhile with cold feet and hands but always have a hard time heating back up if I am chilled in my center. My Carhartt jacket is kind of a staple for me in the winter and at night in the summer.” -Tessa Wyatt

Weathered Wildwood Jacket / Crafted in Carhartt

Kristie of Washington Outdoor Women

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Washington Outdoor Women is an awesome group of ladies who teach women skills and fill them with confidence to help them in the great outdoors. While in Seattle, I spent time with Kristie, a logistics coordinator with Wow. We set up a campsite together and Kristie was so at home in nature. That’s such an admirable quality.  From going fishing, to cooking a meal for us, to finding her way around with a compass, to chopping her own fire wood— nothing was daunting to her. Gotta love those Carhartt girls who live to be outside, exploring and enjoying all that nature has to offer.