Often referred to as the Rodney Dangerfield of fish, shad don't get no respect. In this episode of the DrakeCast, we head to the Potomac River in Washington DC to catch America's forgotten fish. While we're at it, we'll learn about the historic importance of the shad run, the troubles these fish have faced since the arrival of Europeans in the New World, and look at what these fish, and this river, represent in our country and our sport.

The DrakeCast Fly Fishing Podcast 42 Captain Vaughn Podmore SoCal Bassin

This episode of The DrakeCast is a two-fer, and both segments focus on the backyard bass of Southern California. We start in Long Beach Harbor with Captain Vaughn Podmore where we search for sea creatures in the shadow of lighthouses, cranes, and military helicoptors. For the second half of the episode, we head south to San Diego Bay. Both of these fisheries are incredibly accessible and it made us wonder, what other hidden gems are within major city limits across the country?

The 2018 Video Awards brought the party to the Rosen Plaza, Orlando, with another big night of cold beers, live music, and brilliant films. And while Central Florida simmered outside, it was a similarly heated story inside, where the year’s best movies slugged it out for top honors.

The DrakeCast Fly Fishing Podcast Dave Zoby Bighorn River

In 1998, we discovered Montana. Turns out, it had been there all along. Montana is where it all began, and also where it all nearly ended. It was summer, a high-water year, a year of thunderstorms and heat, a serious bluewing hatch, the year the river almost took us both. -Dave Zoby, taken from his Summer 2018 feature story "Eggs in Your Beer."

The DrakeCast Fly Fishing Podcast 41 The Drake Summer 2018 Two Decades of The Drake

"I knew I wanted to write ever since I was a little kid. I studied journalism in college and I've come at the magazine from the writer's perspective. I've always felt that if you make the writing and photography strong enough the rest of it will kind of take care of itself. And that's been ther M.O. for 20 years." -Tom Bie on founding The Drake Magazine, which celebrates it's 20th birthday this Summer. In this episode we hear Tom tell the tale of how the magazine started, chat about the Summer 2018 issue, and hear a dramatic reading from a featured contributor.