MADDIE BRENNEMAN ON THE ROARING FORK, MERE MINUTES FROM HER HOTEL HOT TUB.
MADDIE BRENNEMAN ON THE ROARING FORK, MERE MINUTES FROM HER HOTEL HOT TUB.

The benefits of Colorado's Roaring Fork

SO YOU'VE DECIDED to fish green drakes this summer. On a western river, preferably. Good for you. It's an incredible hatch that too often gets overlooked for the more glorious salmonfly. Is your significant other coming along? Does he or she fish? Wait, a better question: Does your partner like to do anything other than fish? Because green drakes often hatch in the middle of summer, when pressure is high to make the dreaded "combo trip." (Flyfishing and a couples retreat!) Problem is, if you're serious about green drakes, then you'll be choosing between iffy vaykay towns like Island Park, Sisters, Ennis, or Encampment.

Brought to you by another year of high-caliber flyfishing films, The Drake’s 11th Annual Video Awards in Orlando last week saw the crowds pour in to celebrate creativity, sharp storytelling, and gripping fishing footage across a spectrum of honored categories.

DrakeCast Flyfishing Podcast Menominee River
DrakeCast Flyfishing Podcast Menominee River

The other week I spoke with Charlie Piette, the fishing manager at Tight Lines Fly Fishing Co. in Green Bay, Wisconsin. And when I brought up a certain semi-secret river, he gave me this response, "Our biggest rule, for years, has been don’t name the river. We don’t talk about this river, we don’t write articles about this river. This has been what has made our business successful." So why was Charlie talking to me, a guy who works for a flyfishing magazine about this river?

Whether that D loop's looking a little deflated or you're searching for a proper summertime bash, the 5th Annual Klickitat Two-Hander Day, on August 12, offers a full spey-casting curriculum followed by a feast under the stars. The free gathering is for those who'd like to learn not only how to cast the two-hander better and farther, but also how to fish it.

Flyfishing in the dark the drakecast flyfishing podcast
Flyfishing in the dark the drakecast flyfishing podcast

Episode #6 of The Drake's new flyfishing podcast takes a darker turn. We stumble around a mosquito-filled farm field in search of bugs, beers, and big browns. We find most of them. And just a heads up, this episode contains some language that may not be suitable for all audiences. If you’re listening with kids, feel free to crank the volume and expose them to the real world.

The DrakeCast Flyfishing Podcast Cumberland River
The DrakeCast Flyfishing Podcast Cumberland River

Episode #5 of The DrakeCast takes us to a gigantic dam in the great state of Kentucky. While there, we learn about the Cumberland River that flows out of that massive wall of concrete, the trout that call that river home, and the fishermen that chase those trout. This is the story of one dam and one river, and it makes us wonder, what does this say about the future of fishing in America?