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.


Yellowstone River Sunset MSU Trout and Salmonid Collection

I met James Thull in a stuffy room on the second floor of Montana State University’s library. Shaved head, goatee, Gandhi glasses--he looks as though he just stepped off the set of a white-washed kung-fu flick from the 70s. He would have been cast as the gatekeeper of a secret-holding shrine in some mythical land. Depending on whether or not you’re into fishing, his real job might be more interesting than that of his B-movie character.

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?

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

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?

Ride with Clyde flyfishing podcast

Episode #4 of The DrakeCast traces the beginning of an infamous car's adventure from Wisconsin to Texas. We're going to Ride with Clyde. Along the way we'll meet a state trooper, a few unique motel owners, and hear some behind the scenes audio recorded on Clyde's bench seat when no one was looking. We'll also learn about The Drake Magazine's Big Year Contest.

Steelhead Tail Pere Marquette

Episode #3 of The DrakeCast follows guide Donnie Richards down Michigan's Pere Marquette River. Along the way, we learn the history of the river, challenge a Michigan DNR fisheries biologist, and discover what makes the Pere Marquette River great.

Sunset Clyde

Episode #2 of The DrakeCast searches through the ashes of the fire that ravaged Great Smoky Mountains National Park this past November. Give 'er a listen.

The DrakeCast flyfishing podcast

Episode #1 of The DrakeCast follows the band S. Carey through Northern Wisconsin as they chase for illusive Wisconsin Wintertrout. Their melancholy music fills the background as we uncover the band’s rise to fame and subsequent quest for solitude.