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 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.

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This week's episode of The DrakeCast aims at introducing our listeners to another great flyfishing podcast that has recently hit the airwaves. Jason Rolfe is a flyfishing guide for Emerald Water Anglers in Washington State. When he's not on the water with clients, he's sitting down with some of the most influential flyfishing writers to ask them about their life in the sport. Rolfe then presents these interviews in his new podcast, The Fly Tapes. This episode takes a few choice clips from Rolfe's show and features Dylan Tomine reading some of his work.

The DrakeCast Flyfishing Fly Fishing Podcast Social Media

A lot of people claim social media has killed flyfishing. But has it? In this episode of The DrakeCast we chat with parties on both sides of the divide as we suss out the positive and negative impacts social media has had on flyfishing. We're pleased to announce that the Editor of The Drake, Tom Bie, makes his inaugural appearance on this episode of The DrakeCast. 

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There are plenty of dirty, abused, and exploited rivers in the United States, but one of them holds the least-desired rank. If this river were a country, it would have the fifth biggest economic output in the world. This river drives a 1.4 trillion dollar economy and a 26 billion dollar recreation economy, 40 million people directly depend on this river for their drinking water, as does 15% of the agricultural products produced in the United States. And this river is in trouble. And unlike all the halloween tales you've been hearing lately, this story is real.

The Drakecast Flyfishing Podcast Jeremy Wade Disappearing River Monsters

Many of you know Jeremy Wade, host of Animal Planet's "River Monsters," as a globe-trotting Brit who believes every fish in the water wants to kill you. Well, it turns out he's ready to apologize for parts of his on-the-water persona. In a speech given at Montana State University in April of 2017, Wade fully embraces his fear-mongering ways to alert us of the dangers that face the world's rivers. This speech offers a candid look into the troubles that the TV Personality has seen on his travel, and encourages us to act before the monsters we all chase disappear forever.

Ascent Fly Fishing The DrakeCast Flyfishing Podcast

After a long journey through the islands of the North Atlantic, we're finally back in the United States - smack dab in the middle of the states actually. Both parts of this episode take us through the Rocky Mountains. In the first part of the episode, we visit a fishy hideout in the suburbs of Denver, Colorado and then after the break, we hear about the whitefish kill of August 2016 on Montana's Yellowstone River. Make sure to stick around until the end to get the entire story.

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This week's episode of The DrakeCast takes us to a volcanic island unchanged by time. The hills, mountains, and rivers of Iceland are largely the same as they were when the last Ice Age receded. I was there to continue my quest for the illusive Atlantic Salmon. But while there, I stumbled into so much more. Brown Trout, Sea Run Arctic Char, $12 beers, and ilicit substances that I had accidentally brought into the country made this an unforgettable experience. During my stay, I also learned about the local fishing practices and considered their implications on the environment, anglers, and the fish.