Two Florida anglers who lost tens of thousands of dollars in fly shop inventory are now back in the hunt for a new business location after recovering most of their pilfered merchandise.

Rally For Dallys
Rally For Dallys

This episode of the DrakeCast takes a deep dive into the seedy underworld of a fishy religion in the Ozarks. Think Deliverance but with john boats instead of canoes. And at the center of this aquatic orthodox are two deities: the almighty streamer and the holy brown trout. But these aren’t your typical streamers or browns. They’re way bigger, and according to the river’s disciples, way better. Today, we’re going to find out how this creed came to be and how these devotees in Northern Arkansas began breaking bread with those coveted monster browns. It’s a story of exploration, teamwork, and the effect that flyfishing can have on a town. but really, it’s an invitation to establish your own fishy religion.

Meet Jack Buccola — a 12-year-old angler from Bend, Oregon. In RA Beattie's new film, NexGen, we see the rivers of the American West unfold through Jack's eyes as he witnesses the impact of wildfires on his home waters, and explores new adventures on a road trip with his father, Ryan, friend, Judd Field, and Judd’s dad, Pete. Throughout the journey, Jack grows to appreciate the steelhead of the Northwest and the native cutthroat of the South Fork of the Snake River. It's easy to see why. NexGen premiers at the 2019 Fly Fishing Film Tour, which kicks off on Jan. 19, in Bozeman, Montana.

Fishing with Chewy
Fishing with Chewy

My annual migrations from Montana to Baja started in the winter of 2009, when the mainstream media first began covering news about the dangers associated with Mexico travel. Friends and family thought I was nuts, but as long as you weren't searching for blow in Tijuana at 2 a.m., Baja was still safer than many American cities. And Baja rats like me enjoyed the empty beaches.

CHOCKLETT'S FLIES HANG LIKE MARLIN AT A MARINA WEIGH-IN.
CHOCKLETT'S FLIES HANG LIKE MARLIN AT A MARINA WEIGH-IN.

Blane Chocklett's innovative fly patterns

For noted fly tyer and guide Blane Chocklett, it is creativity that has set him apart from the folks throwing the same old patterns at the same old fish. Chocklett has made himself a life and career by searching out new fisheries and new fly patterns. If you have flyfished for a while, especially for some larger species, you have likely seen or thrown one of his patterns. Think Gummy Minnow or Game Changer.

FLYFISHING WHILE OLD (WITH FRIENDS)
FLYFISHING WHILE OLD (WITH FRIENDS)

"Plus ca change, plus c'est même chose." Like most trout fishermen my age, normal procedure is to find a place to get into some river and wade, an approach that confers a granular view of all on offer—details of bottom, hydrology, insect life, and general atmosphere. On balance, there are better ways to catch fish; here in the West, floating in a driftboat is probably the most effective, and easily free-bases ten to twenty miles of river in a day. Now that millennials are making a bit of dough, I often see them go past when they are not running over me. Things are happening fast for them, and their exuberance flows over. The one in the bow shouts "Shit!" and the one in the stern shouts "Fuck!" Between the sports, the guide on the oars does his best to make sense of this, decoding the river as it comes toward them with an eye to make the most of the opportunities—corners, slicks, glides, tailouts, undercut banks, and troughs. I have no problem picturing trout in these locales but it seems they are flashing past me in a manner disadvantageous to my talents.