Frustrated that The Drake Magazine only comes out four times a year? Well now there’s more. Introducing The Drake’s new weekly flyfishing podcast, The DrakeCast. Just like the magazine, we’re bringing you stories--some fun, some serious. Except this time, you don't have to read. All you have to do is press play.

There are a lot of great flyfishing podcasts out there that interview legends within the industry or tell you how to catch more fish. Each episode of this podcast contains interviews and tips, but neither are the main focus. Our goal is to put listeners on the water and make them laugh. If they learn a thing or two, all the better. In the first few episodes, we chase trout on a nearly frozen stream in Northern Wisconsin, check in on Great Smoky Mountains National Park after a fire tried to burn it to the ground, and swing flies for Great Lakes steelhead on Michigan's Pere Marquette River.

Each episode relates back to flyfishing, but sometimes the connection can be subtle. For example, how did the reconstruction of a dam in Kentucky affect the non-native trout below? How are the changes in the ecology of Lake Michigan affecting lake-run fish and the anglers that target them? 

We release a new episode of The DrakeCast every Friday morning. Our hope is that you listen to our show as you drive to your favorite fishing hole. If you're not able to make it out of the office that weekend, plug us in while your boss isn't looking. 

When you press play, we hope to tingle that ever-so-sensitive spot inside your ear drum.

You can subscribe to The DrakeCast via these links: iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud. Make sure to check back each week to see behind-the-scenes photos taken during the recording of each episode.

 

The DrakeCast Fly Fishing Podcast The Big Horn River

Montana’s Bighorn River is known throughout the world as a premier, blue-ribbon trout stream. The fishery below Yellowtail Dam holds some of the most robust tour-per-mile numbers in the nation. But in the last decade, the river has changed. There’s more water, the fish are skinnier, and some say it’s just not the way it used to be. This episode of The DrakeCast takes a float down the Bighorn in search of why this river is experiencing these negative results. While we’re on the water, we’ll hear from ranchers, fisheries biologists, and the happiest fisherman in the world.

The DrakeCast Fly Fishing Podcast Fish on the Brain Tim Evans

Last week, we had a chance to catch up with Tim Evans. He's a salesman that lives in Casper, Wyoming but you most likely to know him as the man behind the Fish on the Brain podcast. This episode documents Tim's entry into the world of flyfishing, podcasting, and storytelling. While we cover those topics, we've also spliced in a few choice clips from both The DrakeCast and Fish on the Brain. David Mangum, Jeff Currier, narcissism, and Napoleon complexes all make appearances.

the DrakeCast Fly Fishing Podcast Heavy Metal Flyfishing Lucky Porter Hansi Johnson

When there is fourteen inches of ice on the local pond, the fly rod normally stays in the closet and the we resign ourselves to dreaming of the Bahamas while working at the vice. But there are a few flyfishers out there who won't take no for an answer. This week we follow anglers Lucky Porter and Hansi Johnson into the woods of Northern Minnesota in search of pike. "This is primal. You’re going to stick this thing in a fish. Nothing about this says catch and release, that thing just says kill. Fear the spear."

The DrakeCast Fly Fishing Podcast Russell Pedersen Fly Fishing Horseshoes & Hand Grenades Ryan Sparks

Carp aren't native to the US, but at this point, they're here to stay. This episode follows the meteoric rise of the nation's number one trashfish and how folks with flyrods began targetting them. During this story we'll hear the musical stylings of the carp loving crew that makes up the string band, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades. 

The Drakecast fly fishing podcast winter 2017 tom bie

With the Winter 2017 issue of The Drake Magazine on its way to fly shops and mailboxes around the world, we figured we'd chat with Tom Bie about his favorite parts of the upcoming mag. We also hear from authors Dave Karczynski and Michael Graybrook about their recently published books, Smallmouth: Modern Fly Fishing Methods, Tactics & Techniques, From Lure to Fly: Fly Fishing for Spinning and Baitcast Anglers, and Cutthroat: A Journey Through the American West.

Musky Fishing Lucky Porter The DrakeCast Flyfishing Podcast

A few weeks ago I found myself in a boat with fishing guide Stephen Wisner. Before we even shoved off, he reached into the cooler and sternly told me, "These fish are the working man's trophy; this is the fish that your grandpa fished for. There's no fancy-pants beer allowed while fishing for these fish. Hamm's is a high percentage beer. If the bottle has some sort of thing that talks about the hop rating, save that for trout fishing." At nine in the morning, Steve took a sip and announced that it was time to go musky fishing. 

The DrakeCast Fly Fishing Podcast A River Runs Near It

In the early 1970s, Don Wisner learned how to flyfish. It was around this time that his life began to parallel a certain flyfishing story. When Don's son, Stephen, came of age, the two spent hours together fishing the brook trout streams of Western Wisconsin. As the men grew in both age and skill, their interests took them in separate directions - Stephen wandered the world while Don embraced religion. But whenever the two were in the same place, they always made sure to spend an afternoon on the water. Both men credit flyfishing with keeping their relationship alive.

The DrakeCast Flyfishing Fly Fishing Podcast Armistice Day Blizzard

77 years ago, November 11th started out as a perfect day for migrating waterfowl. Thousands of birds filled the sky along the Mississippi River corridor, propelled by strong winds. The journeying ducks brought hunters to the river by the hundreds. Unfortunately, the weather continued to go south. By the end of the next day, 149 people, many of whom were duck hunters, had died in in the great Armistice Day Blizzard of 1940. In this episode of The DrakeCast, we speak with a man who lived through the storm while we travel back in time through the muddy backwaters to honor those who lost their lives.