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The DrakeCast - A Fly Fishing Podcast
17 minutes | Oct 10, 2021
#57 Oregon's South Coast - Steelhead Ch. 3
As you’ll see in the title, this is a continuation of the Steelhead miniseries that started years ago - Chapter 3 to be exact. And while I recognize that the vast majority of anglers will never set foot in a native steelhead watershed, I’m harping on this issue because I think these fish are a bit of a canary in the coal mine for fisheries, and the world as a whole. I’m worried that their health is a sign of things to come for our rivers and really all of us. And the past 12 months have brought But today, I wanna head to a little corner of Oregon where things haven’t quite gone to shit. Where, despite the efforts of miners, noxious air and a million other villains, that lil yellow bird is still chirping. For now. And there might be something you can do to make sure it stays that way. TO SIGN UP TO SPEAK AT THE OCTOBER 15 ODFW COMMISSION MEETING, FOLLOW THIS LINK: https://www.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_2jsvNgcdRiCHUZjgmXUJzg TO FURTHER EDUCATE YOURSELF, FOLLOW THIS LINK TO THE NATIVE FISH SOCIETY WEBSITE: https://nativefishsociety.org/news-media/stand-up-for-wild-fish-in-southern-oregon
33 minutes | Aug 13, 2021
#56 The Club
When the idea for this podcast was first tossed around, we knew we wanted it to be an extension of the Drake Magazine - and one of the ways we envisioned doing so was by having magazine contributors read their stories. In this episode Andy Harris reads his essay “The Club,” which appeared in the Spring 2021 Issue of the Drake Magazine. The story is about a young man fishing private water forty years ago, but I found it to be pretty timeless because it’s about why we fish, and the social capital that we place on and gain from our piscatorial pursuits - a question I’ve been asking myself for the past few years. If you want to read other stories of this calibre, make sure to subscribe to the Drake. $40 for the year. Every single one of us could benefit from less time on our phones. Let a print magazine help you do so. Finally, many thanks to The Eleven Experience, Scott Fly Rods, and Howler Bros. for making this show possible. If you like the show, give em somma your money and tell em we sent ya.
38 minutes | Jul 12, 2021
#55 Untouched Nature - Steelhead Ch. 2
It’s been a while, but as of right now, despite the fact that no one was asking for it, The DrakeCast is back for a little bit. We’ve got six episodes slated for release between now and the end of 2021. The first of these episodes (which also happens to be the second of the Steelhead Miniseries) is a story of the fine line between exploration and exploitation. 70 miles west of Juneau is the minuscule town of Elfin Cove, which you can only access by boat or floatplane. Instead of roads, wooden boardwalks connect the municipal gas station to the bar that’s open when it wants to, to dozens of boats moored in front of fishing lodges. One of these lodges is the aptly named Elfin Cove Resort, which is where this episode takes place. During the main fishing season, Elfin Cove normally froths with meat-haulin gear guys aiming to fill the freezer. But in May of 2018, hardly anyone was in town. We were certainly the only non-commercial fishermen. And we weren’t there for your typical halibut jigging or king trolling. Instead, we would enter the heart of the Tongass National Forest in search of steelhead. This is the story of what we found, and the questions that you have to ask yourself when fishing. In this episode we slide across glacial bays in a jet boat, eat at a greasy spoon diner with Mark Hieronymus (the Sportfish Outreach Coordinator for Trout Unlimited & part-time Simms model), and wade into unnamed Tongass rivers. This reboot of the DrakeCast would not have been possible without generous support from Howler Brothers, Scott Fly Rods, and The Eleven Experience. If you like the show, go buy their stuff and let 'em know we sent ya.
40 minutes | Sep 26, 2019
#54 The Baiter & The Swinger - Steelhead Ch. 1
In this episode of the DrakeCast we meet two characters with similar pasts who have ended up in very different places. They both love steelhead, but in very different ways. We'll also hear from Trout Unlimited Steelhead Biologist John McMillan as we attempt to understand how we can prevent loving these fish to death.
33 minutes | Sep 10, 2019
#53 Dorian's Wake
Hurricane Dorian carved a scar through the soul of the Bahamas. Hear about this bonefish paradise before, during, and after the storm. In this episode we profile a lifelong Bahamian guide, talk to a lodge owner about the current state of the island and its inhabitants and learn how you can help either from the comfort of your fly tying station or with a click on the ol' gram. Many thanks to Rob Neher of East End Lodge, Our Spokane, Washington Correspondent Josh Mill, as well as Scott Fly Rods & Yellow Dog Fly Fishing Adventures for making this episode possible. For more information on where to donate, visit www.drakemag.com
27 minutes | Feb 14, 2019
#52 Mosquitos & Char
Ok folks, welcome back to the drakecast. This week, we have a different sort of episode for ya. Rather than taking a dive into some controversial topic, we're going to feature Dave Zoby reading his essay “Mosquitos & Char” which appeared in the Winter 2019 Issue of the Drake Magazine. You may remember his voice from the bonus episode “Dancing with Death on the Bighorn” which came out in August. To read this story and a whole bunch of other good stuff, grab the latest issue of the Drake. So that’s pretty much it. Additionally, Dave Zoby has a new book out called “Fish Like You Mean It.” Unfortunately the cover features a dead king salmon and a spinning rod, but I promise there are lots of good flyfishing stories in there as well. You can find "Fish Like You Mean It" through the link below or wherever books are sold. https://www.amazon.com/Fish-Like-Mean-David-Zoby/dp/1976886589 Many thanks to Scott Fly Rods and Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures for making this episode possible. https://www.scottflyrod.com/ https://www.yellowdogflyfishing.com/
34 minutes | Jan 23, 2019
#51 Rally For Dallys on The White
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. You may have caught an earlier version of this episode back in August of 2017, but we're putting it back in the feed for a number of reasons. First of all, it's winter and you folks who aren’t fishing much might need some entertainment. Two, chasing big brown trout with oversized streamers can be super productive this time of year so its timely. But the final and main reason we’re putting this out is because Beca Dally, one of the story's characters, recently spent two weeks in the ICU following a nearly fatal car accident. Beca and Steve Dally are integral to this story and need our help right now. You can find a link to their GoFundMe Page below. https://www.gofundme.com/rally-for-dally-bringing-beca-back
29 minutes | Nov 16, 2018
#50 Mules, Music & Monkeys: The Howler Bros. History
After a brief hiatus, The DrakeCast is back. This episode aims to answer one question: How did a band of fishing and surfing bums living in Virginia create an iconic Texan brand? To help tell this story we'll be assisted by musician and Howler Brothers cofounder, Andy Stepanian. Along the way, we'll also get to hear some of his music. Stick around.
26 minutes | Oct 4, 2018
#49 Spawn and On and On
Today, we’re joined by Ben Sittig (IG: @carelessethiopian) to talk about how we interact with fish engaged in pre-coital preparations; if we’re going to interrupt trout as they get ready to get busy; whether or not we f* with a fish about to f*. And at the end, we have a pretty big announcement regarding the future of this podcast. So stick around. This episode of the DrakeCast is made possible by our longtime sponsors Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures and Scott Fly Rods. We couldn't do this without them. We're also supported by Deli Fresh Design, an apparel company that specializes in creating fishing gear out of recycled materials. This week they're doing a special giveaway on their Instagram so make sure to check 'em out @DeliFreshDesign. www.yellowdogflyfishing.com/ www.delifreshdesign.com/ www.scottflyrod.com/
30 minutes | Sep 19, 2018
#48 Beyond the Fish: Fires & Hurricanes
This episode of the DrakeCast tracks the effects of several natural disasters that have struck the Eastern United States in the past few years. After starting with the Sevier Country Fire that ripped through Great Smoky Mountains National Park, we move further south to North Carolina where we'll hear how folks are faring after Hurricane Florence left its trail of destruction. Though this is a flyfishing podcast, we thinks its important to take a step back from time to time and hear how our small but tightknit world of anglers is holding up. If you're thinking about taking a trip and would like to do some fly fishing, make sure to get in touch with the Yellow Dog Fly Fishing Adventures before you do so. Once you get the trip on the books, make sure to pick up a new Scott Fly Rod. This episode, and really this podcast as a whole would not be possible without the fine folks at both of these companies. Finally, you better make sure you have all the necessary fishing accouterments for that upcoming adventure. Deli Fresh Designs creates must-have fly fishing apparel out of recycled material that will surely round out your globe-trotting/fishing outfit. www.yellowdogflyfishing.com/ www.scottflyrod.com/ www.delifreshdesign.com/
28 minutes | Sep 11, 2018
#47 A Day in the Life of an Alaskan Fishing Guide
Head up to the wilds of Kodiak Island to follow fishing guide Tyler Steffens as he battles bears, noseeums, and low water in search of the coveted Silver Salmon. This episode of the DrakeCast is made possible by our longtime sponsors Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures and Scott Fly Rods. We couldn't do this without them. We're also supported by Deli Fresh Design, an apparel company that specializes in creating fishing gear out of recycled materials. This week they're doing a special giveaway on their Instagram so make sure to check 'em out @DeliFreshDesign. www.yellowdogflyfishing.com/ www.delifreshdesign.com/ www.scottflyrod.com/
39 minutes | Aug 27, 2018
#46 Bonefish Part II
In this episode we head back to the clear blue waters of Grand Bahama in search of the ghost of the flats. If you tuned in last week, you know that we encountered a few bonefish, and many people credit the health of the fishery to the health of the habitat on Grand Bahama. But the ideal that the Bahamas has somehow managed to achieve didn’t happen overnight, and the fishery’s protection is far from over. In this episode, we’re going to look at how the Bahamas became the world’s favorite bonefishing destination and the work being done to ensure that it stays that way. It’s a story in 5 parts. But at the end, we’ll have to confront our role in the future of Bahamian Bonefish This episode of the DrakeCast is made possible by our longtime sponsors Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures and Scott Fly Rods. We couldn't do this without them. We're also supported by Deli Fresh Design, an apparel company that specializes in creating fishing gear out of recycled materials. This week they're doing a special giveaway on their Instagram so make sure to check 'em out @DeliFreshDesign. backstagepass.yellowdogflyfishing.com/ www.delifreshdesign.com/ www.scottflyrod.com/
31 minutes | Aug 17, 2018
#45 Bonefish on the Brain
In today's audio story, we scan the flats of Grand Bahama in search of a single species: Bonefish. Listen to veteran East End Lodge guide Cecil Leathan pole experienced angler Bjorn Stromsness (of the Bonefish on the Brain blog) as they tell the tales of their first bonefishes and find many more. Many thanks to our sponsors for making this episode possible! Supporting them supports us. https://www.yellowdogflyfishing.com/ http://eastendlodge.com/ https://www.scottflyrod.com/ http://www.delifreshdesign.com/
33 minutes | Aug 9, 2018
#44 Midwestern Smallmouth Bass
In this episode of the DrakeCast we float down Wisconsin's Chippewa River in search of Midwestern, river-dwelling smallmouth bass. But what do you do if the fish just aren’t biting like they normally do? While searching for answers, we hit the water with Lucky Porter, a guide who makes a living on these fish, learn a few tips, and just thoroughly enjoy our time on the water. This episode of the DrakeCast is made possible by our longtime sponsors Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures and Scott Fly Rods. We couldn't do this without them. We're also supported by Deli Fresh Design, an apparel company that specializes in creating fishing gear out of recycled materials. This week they're doing a special giveaway on their Instagram so make sure to check 'em out @DeliFreshDesign. https://backstagepass.yellowdogflyfishing.com/ http://www.delifreshdesign.com/ https://www.scottflyrod.com/
36 minutes | Jul 30, 2018
#43 America's Fish: Shad on the Potomac
Today, we row our way out into Fletchers Cove on Washington DC's Potomac River in search of the the illusive American Shad. While we’re out there, we’ll hear about the historic importance of this fishery, the odds it has faced over the past 5 centuries, and what this fish, and this place represent in our country and our sport. Now, I know the the shad run is a spring time thing, but this story is about much more than just the fish and at the end, we’ll get a current DC area fishing report from Rich Farino, the owner of the recently opened District Angling Fly Shop. So stick around. If you're thinking about taking a trip and would like to do some fly fishing, make sure to get in touch with the Yellow Dog Fly Fishing Adventures before you do so. Once you get the trip on the books, make sure to pick up a new Scott Fly Rod. This episode, and really this podcast as a whole would not be possible without the fine folks at both of these companies. Finally, you better make sure you have all the necessary fishing accouterments for that upcoming adventure. Deli Fresh Designs creates must-have fly fishing apparel out of recycled material that will surely round out your globe-trotting/fishing outfit. https://www.yellowdogflyfishing.com/ https://www.scottflyrod.com/ http://www.delifreshdesign.com/
27 minutes | Jul 23, 2018
#42 SoCal Bassin'
This episode is a two-fer. We'll start just south of LA where we meet Captain Vaughn Podmore. Under his knowledgeable direction, we head into Long Beach Harbor in search of celebrities and various types of ocean-dwelling bass. From there, we head further south to San Diego where Captain Alex Cady shows us what the southwestern-most city in the continental United States has to offer. During our time on these two different chunks of the Pacific Ocean, we’ll hear about the local waters, learn a few tips on how to target the species found there, and maybe make you consider what your backyard has to offer. As always, we couldn't do this without generous support from Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures & Scott Fly Rods. They have been with us since the beginning and we can't thank them enough. https://www.yellowdogflyfishing.com/ https://www.scottflyrod.com/ And finally, a big shout out to Deli Fresh Design for making this show happen. Their one-of-a-kind flyfishing apparel made in the heart of Denver, Colorado is sure to round out your fishing arsenal.
30 minutes | Jul 18, 2018
Bonus Episode: Dancing with Death on The Bighorn
Last week, in Episode #41 of The DrakeCast, we went through the contents of the Summer 2018 Issue of The Drake Magazine. But we ran a little short on time and weren’t able to fit in a reading by one of the contributing authors, Dave Zoby. In addition to teaching composition, Wyoming Literature, Poetry, and Creative Non-fiction at Casper College in Wyoming, Zoby has written for dozens of magazines. Additionally, in April of this Year, Zoby released a collection of essays under the title, Fish Like You Mean It, which you can find here. Above, you can find an audio version of Dave Zoby reading his piece, "Eggs in My Beer," about getting in over his head on Montana’s Bighorn River.
44 minutes | Jul 13, 2018
#41 Summer 2018: Two Decades of The Drake w/ Tom Bie
Roughly a week ago the Summer 2018 issue of the Drake Magazine hit fly shop shelves and mailboxes across the country. This episode, like others that have come before, is going to take a brief peak into the pages of the magazine (in audio form of course). But seeing as this issue marks the 20th Anniversary of The Drake, we're going to do things a bit differently. Not only do we get to hear Editor & Founder Tom Bie explain the contents, we also get to hear how 20 years ago an underemployed newspaper columnist/fishing guide/ski bum started a magazine that grew to represent a culture. Stick around. Many thanks to Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures, Scott Fly Rods, & Deli Fresh Design for making this episode possible. If you like the podcast, support our supporters via the links below. www.delifreshdesign.com/ www.yellowdogflyfishing.com/ www.scottflyrod.com/
28 minutes | Jun 29, 2018
#40 What Makes a Trophy? Wild Trout in North Georgia w/ Zach Matthews
In this episode of The DrakeCast we traverse the mountains of North Georgia in search of the southern-most population of wild, native brook trout in the world. But while we’re at it, we’ll also take a trip to another fishery just down the road that claims a host world class trout. However, there is a big difference between these two places and the fish they hold. By the end of this episode, you’ll have to decide what you consider to be a trophy fish. Many thanks to Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures, Scott Fly Rods, & Deli Fresh Design for making this episode possible. If you like the podcast, support our supporters via the links below. http://www.delifreshdesign.com/ https://www.yellowdogflyfishing.com/ https://www.scottflyrod.com/
30 minutes | Jun 17, 2018
#39 Father's Day: David, Chuck & Grady Ragan
Before Chuck Ragan was a musician (Hot Water Music) or a father or a fishing guide (crflyfishing.com), he was a son. We’ll hear about the highs and lows of Chuck’s relationship with his father, and how Chuck has managed to achieve his parental, piscatorial, and Pavoratti-esque trifecta. Throughout this episode we’ll be serenaded by music from Chuck’s Album, The Flame in the Flood. So stick around. But first, make sure you call up your old man and wish him a happy Father’s Day. As always, this episode was made possible by the fine folks at Scott Fly Rods and Yellow Dog Fly Fishing Adventures. https://www.yellowdogflyfishing.com/ https://www.scottflyrod.com/
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