Joe Hemelt of Colorado Drifters – Coffee, Camaraderie and Laughs on the Water (Ep.13)

“Men have to bond with men. They need that. It’s like a chemical thing.”

– Joe Hemelt

Colorado Drifters

331 W Main St

New Castle, CO 81647-5009

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In this conversation, Ed and Reid interview the gregarious Joe Hemelt from Colorado Drifters in New Castle, Colorado. Joe spills the beans on how he and his lovely wife breathed life into Colorado Drifters, a cozy corner for coffee, a fly shop, and soon, a brewery, all aimed at serving the heart of the local community and uplifting other local businesses. The guys discuss how their drive for building up the community of New Castle aligns with their vision of creating third spaces and the importance of community and service and how fishing can bring people together. Joe shares heartfelt anecdotes about how fishing has been a beacon during stormy periods in his life, including during the COVID pandemic and deaths in the family. The conversation ebbs and flows around fishing escapades with loved ones and the importance of camaraderie among men. All this and plenty of laughs along the way!


  • Colorado Drifters is a Coffee Shop, Fly Shop and Brewery, located in New Castle, CO. Highly focused on local brands and building up the community of New Castle
  • Check out Colorado Drifters new location this June 2024 at the former Texaco. Opening the premier brewery in the Valley.
  • Finding Community after being in the service is a critical part of transition into retirement. You can find that in the outdoors and giving back.
  • Fly Fishing has saved people’s lives and nature has a therapeutic aspect that heals. You can find solace during stressful times out in nature.
  • Fishing with our children and the relationship building benefit of getting on the water together. It is important to get out in nature together and the bond that brings along with it.
  • Service and giving back to others can be fulfilling and help create a strong sense of community. Fishing with family, especially with children, creates special memories and bonds.
  • Young boys growing up with men around them is a huge leg up in life. It is a benefit to be brought under the wing of your elders.
  • Male bonding through fishing and outdoor activities is important for mental health and overall well-being.

The Guys Fishing Weekly is a podcast dedicated to the camaraderie of men through fishing. Hosted by Ed and Reid, it’s where men gather to share not just the thrill of the catch but the deeper connections forged on the water. Each episode dives into stories, tips, and interviews that celebrate the bonds between fishermen. From tales of early morning casts to arguing about the size of the one that got away, it’s a space for men to connect over shared passions and experiences. Whether you’re an experienced angler or just starting, here’s where you find your crew, united by the love of fishing.

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