Summer 2019 Contents

Drake 2019 Summer Issue


  • Unemployed Fishing
    What's a man to do when the company that’s employed him for nearly a quarter of a century cans its entire staff just before the holidays? Ask him after shad season.
    By Matt Labash
  • The Last Ride
    Many a shaky auto has started its final run on one side of America and come to rest in Yellowstone. But when that crappy car or truck finally delivers you safely, will you make the most of being there?
    By Ben Haguewood
  • Returning from War
    Countless combat veterans have participated in some sort of outdoor pursuit to help smooth the transition to civilian life. Is flyfishing just another pleasant distraction, or is there more to it?
    Story and photos by Michael J. Macleod


  • Put-in
    National conservation issues are hugely important, but don’t forget to protect your own backyard.
  • Rises
    Hawaiian spelling lessons, writing rant, Clyde art.
  • Scuddlebutt
    Fixing the Everglades, movie for Midwesterners, new dry flies for steelhead, booze made by flyfishers, Clyde visits the Atchafalaya Swamp, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, and a red flag on the Big Horn.
  • Tailwater Weekend
    A winter of discontent on Montana’s Madison River.
    By Tom Bie
  • Tippets
    Flyfishing vs. baitfishing, graduation day, on stealth, library nerd, beach-stalking snook, heartbreak and cutthroat, starving artist, big tuna, bad-luck genes.
  • Redspread
    On being the designated whipper-snapper.
    By Gene Taylor
  • Passport
    Backcountry on New Zealand’s South
    Words and photos by Jono Winnell
  • Bugs
    Brown drakes: big and tasty and unpredictable.
    By Tom Bie
  • City Limits
    Cruising along South Florida’s Tamiami Trail.
    By Pete McDonald
  • Rodholders
    Building bamboo with Marc Aroner.
    By Ben Carmichael
  • Backcountry
    Backcountry musky on Minnesota’s Shoepack Lake.
    Story and photos by Tom Hazelton
  • Permit Page
    Excuses, Excuses. A tale of three Cuban permit.
    By Robert Tomes

Horseshoes & Hand Grenades' Russell Pedersen releases fishy solo album

Deliverance references notwithstanding, a drive to the river is always made better with banjo music. Good banjo tunes, like good trout streams or musky rivers, find just the right pace, yet still flow and wind toward unexpected places. Few people understand that better than Russell Pedersen, part-time guide and full-time banjo player for the critically acclaimed, Midwest-based bluegrass band, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades. In February, Pedersen released a solo album titled, Steal from the Rushes, a record written specifically with anglers in mind. "It's a time capsule of things I've seen and felt on the water," Pedersen says. "A musical collection of fishing memories."